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"Teaching is the act of sharing the knowledge we have been given by others with hope that someday, in some way, it again will be passed on."

If you are experienced enough with the dances of the Swing Era and feel you are ready to share your knowledge and passion with others, then contact us to join our Teacher Training program!  The training received will not only prepare you to teach but also improve your own dance skills immensely.  We pride ourselves on a "dance more, talk less" approach.  The following training classes are required before your teaching journey begins:

Initial one-day workshop training:

  • Top 10 Teaching Tips

  • Keys For Leaders & Followers

  • Lead/Follow 101

  • The Swing Era Basics Plan

  • Mock Class/Breaking It Down

Once you attend the initial workshop, to stay involved, we offer continuous training in order to teach for Swing Dancing San Diego.

Additional monthly training:

  • Dances Of The Swing Era

  • 4MAT Modeling

  • Quality Of Movement Focus

  • Finishing Sentences/Teacher Interaction

  • Perfecting "Dance More, Talk Less"

  • Role Reversal

  • Sampling vs. Mastering

  • Width & Depth Of Your Knowledge

  • Understanding The Differences

Our goal is to create clarity versus confusion and consistency versus complexity - we know you will help us achieve this as a teacher for San Diego's only full service professional Swing Era Dance company.  We want our students to gain an understanding of the dances and have a lot of fun while maintaining the integrity and professionalism of our company.   

We hope you will join our Swing Dancing San Diego team of teachers!  If you have any questions please CONTACT US

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I have trained in several different dance styles and have been fortunate enough to learn from some of the top teachers and coaches in the world. I would have to say without a doubt that Joel is among the very best. He has the rare ability to break concepts down to make them understandable (and then train us how to teach it to students) while still keeping it fun and energetic. I would highly recommend Swing Dancing San Diego to anyone who is interested in learning the swing era dances and then moving to the next level of teaching in a fun and supportive environment.

Sharon Ferguson

It's one thing to take lessons from one of the best professional instructors in the business, it's quite another to learn what makes them so good and different from other instructors! There are so many details you don't realize or take for granted as a student that goes into great teaching...Joel really knows how to break down a step and analyze a move, pointing out anything that is funky that makes a move not feel quite right. Jackie complements Joel with valuable info for the follows, not just saying "just follow". Even when she is simply counting, the emphasis on certain counts also helps students learn! If you want to learn from the ones who have taught instructors around the world, take the SDSD Teacher Training classes!

Danny Leung

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