The online teaching revolution is here!
Online teaching and learning has become more and more popular over the last 10 years, but in 2020 it has truly taken off like never before. And while we will eventually be able to return to the usual in-studio experience with our students, the demand for online classes is here to stay.
Even for instructors with years of experience in the classroom, moving classes into the digital realm comes with its own set of challenges. In this course we will focus on the little tweaks and adjustments you can make to take your online teaching from good to exceptional and to really make the most of the digital class experience.
Preparation for online classes includes not only all of your usual class material details, but a slew of additional technology and communication tasks that are critical to make each class the best it can be.
This course will walk you through these details to set you up for success.
The course explains how you can use technology to your advantage to make parts of your classes even better than the in-person experience.
The class also explores how to find the kind of energy you need to teach online classes, working with and without mirrors, and what material translates best into the online format.
We will dive into student engagement before, during and after class so you can confidently reach out and connect with your virtual students no matter where they are.
Armed with this knowledge you will be able approach your classes week after week with a solid plan and excellent energy - ready to connect with a great group of students who are eager to learn and engage with you online.
I have been teaching online for the last nine years and in that time have learned A LOT about what it takes to successfully navigate the online classroom and create exceptional content for my students. I would love to share that knowledge with you here.
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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 “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 Hips.
“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!”