As a movement instructor, you provide health, wellness and movement to your students in class each week.
But there is so much more to what you do than the physical aspect of what happens inside the virtual classroom.
No matter what kind of movement class you teach, community is one of the biggest reasons students come back week after week.
As we move into the world of online digital classes, how can we possibly find ways to create and nurture that community when are students are spread out all over the world?
In this course I will share with you the community building projects I’ve used over the last decade to build a student community that extends beyond the walls of the virtual classroom.
Here you will find different ways to create community for your online classes so you can take your students beyond movement, exercise, dance or wellness and create a haven where students will continue to gather week after week to nature body, mind and spirit.
“In Consciously Creating Community, Sahira really shows her true colors as a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, intelligent and loving instructor who is dedicated to all her student's improvement and personal happiness. Her ten point community building methods are essential to creating a long-lasting and successful relationship with students individually and amongst themselves. The bottom line is that the teacher needs to care about her students as people, not just as paying customers. The teacher does this by the thoughtful material she teaches and also by creating opportunities for her students to be seen, heard, and express themselves in dance showcases and in curated online/in-person/zoom forums. We all know that we love to dance, but Sahira emphasizes that the comradery that the instructor of an all-inclusive group creates is worth more than just a dance workout. It is a group of dance-loving friends that we may have forever!”
- Helene, Belly Dance Instructor
Building a dance community in an online world might be completely new to you, but have no fear. Sahira provides some great ideas to keep students engaged in and out of the virtual world. Encouraging students to participate in activities beyond classroom learning can help you retain and grow your business, and make some new friends along the way. Many of the tips can be used and adapted as we make the transition back to in-person class settings as well.
- Danielle, Belly Dance Instructor
Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.
In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, ”Arabian Spices“ and has since then been invited to teach and perform across the USA as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 she had the honor of being the first tribal instructor ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: ”Ali“ and ”Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” In 2011 she teamed up with Silvia Salamanca to release the DVD “Spanish Gypsy Passion“ and “Urban Gypsy Folkloric Combinations” was released in the Summer of 2013.
When in Houston, Sahira directs BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press. She is also founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Gypsy.
“I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 20 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!
What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. I’ve gained balance, confidence, poise, and come to appreciate my body and who I am… and you can too!
People have described my classes as “clear and easy to follow”, “approachable”, “a fabulous workout”. My science background comes out in my attention to detail and the way I break the movements down into their smallest component parts.
I look forward to helping others all over the world to learn and love this dance that means so much to me.
See you on the dance floor!”
StartMethod #1 - In Class Engagement (5:21)
StartMethod #2 - Themed Classes (3:57)
StartMethod #3 - Student Spotlights (6:21)
StartMethod #4 - Shared Goals and Direction (3:51)
StartMethod #5 - Connection Outside of Class (5:26)
StartMethod #6 - Membership Groups (16:44)
StartMethod #7 - Free Dance Parties (3:57)
StartMethod #8 - Student Showcase (4:31)
StartMethod #9 - Book Club (3:57)
StartMethod #10 - Common Interest Meetup - Stitch and BItch (1:51)
StartMore Methods Coming Soon!