In the wake of the pandemic so many dance, yoga, exercise and movement instructors have found themselves struggling to quickly transition to an online class format.
In the scramble to get online have you found yourself searching for ways to make your online class process easier for you and clearer and more engaging for your students to follow?
Perhaps you’ve gotten past the basics. Your students can see and hear you and you are holding class weekly, but now you are wondering how can you make your class as clear and engaging as possible for your students while reducing your anxiety over the classroom setup and online curriculum.
Or maybe you are still stuck at the starting line, feeling a bit frozen by the options and technology and so overwhelmed that you can’t even begin.
Whether teaching online was part of your business plan or something you were forced to do in the heat of this crazy moment I am here to tell you that online learning is a huge movement that is not going to go away when social distancing requirements are lifted.
So why not really invest the time now to get yourself set up for success?
When I started teaching online, it was a very quick decision (like 2 days), and the biggest obstacle was ME! I felt like 'who was I to take my classes online', and 'I don't have the set up I need'. Imposter syndrome was in full force. This course helped me put those fears and anxieties into perspective and give me tools I could use right away. It was the boost I needed and I'm on my second session of class with expanded offerings. Believe in yourself and your abilities, you can do it!
The complete "Designing Your Ideal Online Classroom" course contains seven modules:
+ Doom Tech | Simple Setups for Successful Movement Classes
+ Get Into the Groove | Building Confidence and Finding Flow in Your Teaching
+ The Nitty Gritty | Music Rights, Insurance, Waivers and Pricing
+ Create Your Own Simply Sensational Studio Space
+ A Pro Guide To Online Teaching Logistics (to be released August 2020)
+ Consciously Creating Community in Your Online Classes
+ Recorded Content for Recurring Income (to be released August 2020)
I've been blessed enough to be successfully teaching online for the last 9 years and I want to share that experience with you! (The good, the bad and the needs-more-glitter!)
I want to help YOU succeed in the online world because, whether your city is getting ready to open up again or not, the online learning revolution is here to stay!
Sahira breaks down the technical part of getting to set up in to bite size, easy to accomplish pieces. She makes it so easy that anyone with even the smallest amount of experience can figure this out in a matter of days!
In "Designing Your Ideal Online Classroom" you will learn how to
- Setup your home studio for maximum efficacy
- Stage and light your space
- Use Zoom with minimal technical expertise
- Engage students inside and outside the virtual classroom
- Create and maintain community
- Customize your teaching for the online realm
- Provide your online students with what they need to succeed
- Design live versus recorded classes
- Create recurring income through online content
- And more!
Why not take the time now to invest in your craft and your business and get set up for long-term success?
"I wanted to say that thanks to your audio demo I had awesome sound (and sync) for my first zoom class tonight. One of my students said my sound was better then other classes she takes from a big studio...YEAH! Thank you so much!!!"
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!”