Teaching Step Aerobics

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If you are still a Freestyle believer as I am then you know that the first 2 months of the New Year are critical to getting new members into your classes and above all keeping them. However the problem comes when you have varying abilities in one class and you have to keep them happy.


In reality we know that this is a challenge, but I do believe it is possible.  I also believe that, judging by the amount of people that still take part in step classes at conventions, that this form of class is alive and kicking IF it is taught the right way.


There are certain techniques that can be used to teach your Step class. The main rule of thumb is that the class needs to be taught in a manner that allows everyone to feel comfortable, therefore the base moves should be taught in an logical manner.  Therefore the ability to layer on changes in your routine is vital.  Although this is a basic teaching skill it is one that seems to have been forgotten in the twirly whirly spinny winny choreography teaching world!


Let us use the following as an example.  I am going to choose the following to work with.


16 count combination.


Counts Lead Leg Approach Movement Facing
1-10 R Behind 2 x big squats over the step and back Left
11-12 L Behind 1 x step kick Right
13 N On top Place right foot behind left Right
14 N On top Reverse pivot Left
15-16 L On top Step down Back


The first thing I always do is establish a base move which lasts the duration of the finished article.  So if my end product is 16 counts then my base move will also last 16 counts.  As this combination changes lead leg, then my base move must change lead leg also.


Here are the steps that you could use to layer in the relevant changes;


Step  1            Begin with 4 knee repeaters, 4 marches, 1 basic step. Repeat

Step 2             Layer in the big squat over the 4 knees repeaters.

Step 3.            Layer in the kick pivot over the 4 marches and basic step.


So you see from simple beginnings a level 2 or 3 combination has been created, with the minimum of stress!! This allows all levels of the class to take part, and if you encourage them, stick to the skill level that suits them.  For example once you have introduced all the levels, I would strongly suggest that you go back to level 1, so that beginners do not feel left out.  This is a simple yet powerful way to keep everyone going within your class.


Good Luck

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