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Instructor Training

Professional Certification 2017

Black Belt PHYSICAL
Instructor Training

Professional Certification 2017

Apprentices Wanted!

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With any certified BBS Red Belt Professional Instructor

Belt Options

Belt Options

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NEW!! University Standard Format!

 

Baby Blue | Apprentice Belt Overview

All Partner Dances

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:
Apprenticeship Training Program

Optional: Assistant to your School’s Primary Sensei

One Year Commitment to learning to teach / assist in the lead and follow of the Core BBS Syllabus moves and organization structure / system / and practices from your BBS School’s Sensei (Director / Leader).

Your level will soar as a social dancer,

once you understand exactly how
the Black Belt System of Dance Training works.

The Apprenticeship program will show you how.

You will continue to pay your basic student fees every month.

As with any apprenticeship program, you will not be paid, however depending on the Black Belt Dance School, you may be given a discount off your student fees, and will at a minimum, be given a monthly four to six hours of instructor training classes in a semi-private lesson format every month (dates / times determined by individual schools), and then on an “as-needed” basis where you are given the responsibility to request that time with your school Master Sensei. This “private one-on-one” time with your school’s Sensei will more than cover your student fees every month. Some schools may grant other “freebies” for you, but these add-ons are determined on a school-by-school basis.

You will assist or teach various classes based upon the basic core needs of your Sensei

  • You may be requested to teach as “the Follower”
  • You may be requested to teach as “the Lead”
  • You need to prepare and be trained for both, whether you are a man or a woman.
  • Once you reach a level of competence (determined by your Sensei), you are allowed to teach private lessons to BBS students. Depending on the school, a percentage of your private lesson income will be paid to the BBSschool.

 

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:

You may also be requested to assist your Sensei in administrative and Leadership roles for various classes, workshops, events, and administrative duties.

You may also be given discounted entrance to your BBS school’s events and parties (if offered).

This is an “Apprenticeship” program with a detailed contract that will commit you to one full year of apprenticeship instructor training service to your school. You may join the BBS Instructor Training program starting with Purple Belt any time before, during, or after your committed year as an Apprentice. Should you decide to move on to the Upper Belt Instructor levels, you may forfeit your Apprenticeship training commitment once you complete the DBM and pass your Blue Belt Certification exam, reviewed by a BBS Master Black Belt Professional.

Apprentice Belt Q&A
Accountability Partner Assignments
Certification Exam – with Sensei (after completion of 1st year)
Course Evaluation – with Sensei (after completion of 1st year)
Assistance with starting a new BBS school (after completion of 3rd year)
Monthly Follow-Up “Stay Sharp” DBPNetwork Graduate Webinars
Monthly Accountability Partner Follow-Up and Follow-Throughs


White | Apprentice Belt Overview

All Partner Dances

 

 

 

 


 Purple | Instructor Belt Overview

 Minimum: 12 Hours, Recommended 25 Hours

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:
How to Get your Students DANCING in a Nightclub from their very FIRST class.

Purple Belt Certification:

  • Official Listing on website.
  • Access to all online training manuals, school and business materials, and videos.
  • Free Advertising

Have gone through the initial minimum of 25 hours of instructor training and/or the Apprentice-ship program and have now decided to become instructors

Both Lead and Follow of the Junior Instructor Purple Belt Level Required BBS Syllabus Curriculum

Complete BBS Enterprise Software Training

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know…
World Class Instruction Means… “Complete Immersion”
Sharpening Your Saw

How Important is Teaching?
What Makes a Good Instructor?
What is Salsa?
Where do Latin Rhythms Come From?

Mambo
Son
Bomba
Rumba
Danzon
Cha Cha Cha
Guanguanco

How to EFFICIENTLY Teach the Basic Step to a Group.
What is “Dancing On the One”?
What is “Dancing on the Two, or Four, or Six”?

  • Power Two / Ballroom Two (Classic Mambo)
  • Mambo Typico Two

What is “Dancing on the Clave”?

The Clave – The Heart and Soul of Latin Music
Cowbell hits on “One”… 90% of the Time
Finding the “One” – The First Beat of Salsa Music
Four Ways of Finding the “One” – The First Beat of Salsa Music

How to Teach “Finding The First Beat of the Music”
Ways to Dance Salsa On “Two”
Dancing “On Clave” Misconception

The One vs Two Argument

How to Convert / Teach Different Styles of Salsa
Which Style to Teach?

Circle vs Slot Dancing
Cuban Style Movement The Heart and Soul of the music
Cuban Style is Not Miami Style

Teaching Cuban Style

How to Teach The Basic Step the most Efficient Way Possible.

Assistant Rules (part of DBM© Training)

How to Organize and Teach a Group Class (from 5 to 1000 students)

Teaching Group Classes (part of DBM© Training)
Teaching Private Lessons (part of DBM© Training)

What to Charge (part of DBM© Training)
How to Advertise (part of DBM© Training)

Iceberg Theory

Dance Position Connection & Tension
Connection and Tension

BBS© Pyramidology Positive and Powerful Energy Release of “Masculine / Feminine Energies”
How The BBS© System Uses Energy
How to Hold a Woman’s Hands
Chi Energy
The Concept of the “Egg” (Frame of Dance)
Hand Holds from Around the World…

Controlling the Female Body
The Leader’s Job – Make Her Feel MORE Feminine, by “Appearing” MORE Masculine

Responsibilities are 50/50
Power and Strength = Triangles

The “Rest Move” – Your New Basic (Also Known as the “Musicality Basic”)
The Ten Deadly Sins of Lead and Follow
Fundamental “Feel Good” Techniques

When You Think You Know It All…
BBS© Foundation: Freedom of “Style”
“How” are “YOU” Going to Teach?
Training YOURSELF
Latin Music Terminology

Purple Belt Q&A
Accountability Partner Assignments
Certification Exam
Course Evaluation
Monthly Follow-Up “Stay Sharp” DBPNetwork Graduate Webinars
Monthly Accountability Partner Follow-Up and Follow-Throughs


Blue | Instructor Belt
Overview

Minimum: 25 Hours, Recommended 60 Hours

Understands not only how to execute all the BBS moves through Student Green Belt, but also how to TEACH AND TRAIN the entire BBS Course syllabus through Green Student Belt.

Blue Belt Certification:

  • 1st Pass of entire curriculum training both lead and follow.
  • Official Listing on website.
  • Access to all online training manuals, school and business materials, and videos.
  • Free Advertising

Have passed the minimum 50 hours of training on the fundamentals of teaching, coaching, the BBS course syllabus, and student class management and progression.

Both Lead and Follow of the Blue Belt Level Required BBS Syllabus Curriculum

Professional, Legal Dance Contracts
Instructor Contract (part of DBM© Training)

Overview of Cali, LA, NY, Caribbean, Cuban, and Cumbia Styles.

Momentum and Energy Efficiency Training

  • How to move a Human Body from one point to another
    in the most energy-efficient way for the both of you.
  • Economy of motion
  • Special Effects:
    • Vortex of Energy Method (energy continuity)
    • Heartbeat Method (stretch in/out – expansion and contraction)
    • SHOWCASING: Positioning You and your Partner’s “Best Side” towards the audience
  • Reverse CBL, CBL with Outside Turn, Combinations, Various Turn Patterns, Snowhawk Amalgamations, etc.

Blue Belt Q&A
Accountability Partner Assignments
Certification Exam
Course Evaluation
Monthly Follow-Up “Stay Sharp” DBPNetwork Graduate Webinars
Monthly Accountability Partner Follow-Up and Follow-Throughs

  Brown | Instructor Belt Overview

   Minimum: 24 Hours

Have passed the minimum 72 hours of advanced instructor training on both lead and follow timing and spin.

Brown Belt Certification:

  • 2nd Pass of entire curriculum with added Spins for both men and women.
  • Official Listing on website.
  • Access to all online training manuals, school and business materials, and videos.
  • Free Advertising

 

Men and Women’s Spinning Techniques.
Brown Belts must know both lead and follow roles.

Both Lead and Follow of the Brown Belt Level Required BBS Syllabus Curriculum

Making simple moves “appear” more complex

Spinning Techniques, Tips, Tricks, and Traps for both Men and Women.

Techniques for On-1 and On-2 dancers

Shortcuts to prep turns.

Four different Right Turns

Two different Left Turns

Four different Cross Body Lead with Inside Turn techniques

How to manage YOUR weight AND HER WEIGHT before, during, and after high-speed single spins, double spins, triple spins and more.

Taking care of HER first before you go fooling around.

Emphasis on:

  • Solo and Partnering Spins
  • High & Low-Speed Spins
  • Spot Spins
  • Traveling Spins

 

Brown Belt Q&A
Accountability Partner Assignments
Certification Exam
Course Evaluation
Monthly Follow-Up “Stay Sharp” DBPNetwork Graduate Webinars
Monthly Accountability Partner Follow-Up and Follow-Throughs

  Red Instructor Belt Overview

   Minimum: 24 Hours

Have passed the minimum 98 hours of advanced instructor training on both lead and follow timing and styling.

Red Belt Certification:

  • 3rd Pass of entire curriculum with added Styling for both men and women.
  • Official Listing on website.
  • Access to all online training manuals, school and business materials, and videos.
  • Free Advertising

Once Red Belts have taken their DBM, they have the option of teaching instructor courses or regional workshops, directing studios and/or becoming state or regional representative

Both Lead and Follow of the Red Belt Level Required BBS Syllabus Curriculum

Men and Women’s Styling.
Red Belts must know both lead and follow roles.

When is Styling… too much?
Beyond Technique… Scaring away your business…

How to Handle “Music Switches” (when the One becomes the Five, or the Two becomes the Six)

Showcasing HER, showcasing HIM, showcasing the both of you.

Emphasis on Styling and Shines (Floor Shines and Hand Shines) for both Men and Women

T-Stance Moves for Women

Detailed Men and Women’s Styling Diagrams for:

  • The Basic Step
  • Basic Turns
  • Cross Body Leads
  • Copas
  • CBL Stops
  • Cumbia Steps

Red Belt Q&A
Accountability Partner Assignments
Certification Exam
Course Evaluation
Monthly Follow-Up “Stay Sharp” DBPNetwork Graduate Webinars
Monthly Accountability Partner Follow-Up and Follow-Throughs

Red/Black Belt Overview

Pre-Requisites:

Must already be DBM Certified.
Must already be Purple, Blue, Brown, and Red Belt Certified

Have proven personal integrity, trust and commitment to the Black Belt System and DBM Academy.

They provide leadership insight and strength to the system, their regional teams, and studios worldwide.

Have passed the minimum 120 hours of physical instructor training and at least One Year minimum of BBS training / teaching experience from Purple Belt through Red/Black Belt levels.

Edie’s 8-hour Musicality Bootcamp is part of Red/Black Instructor Training and free of charge to BBS instructor trainees. The material at Edie’s Musicality Bootcamp is a mandatory requirement for Red/Black Belt Certification. The content is covered extensively throughout the written and oral presentation of the course.

Testing will take place on the evening of course completion (at a local Social or Nightclub)

Both Lead and Follow of the Red/Black Level Required BBS Syllabus Curriculum

  • Why Musicality is more important than moves, timing, or rhythm.
  • Simplifying the Complexity of Music structure.
  • Percussion Training – Conga, Clave, Cowbell
  • Matching your body movements to the Music. Learning what/where/when/how of which body part to move.
  • Understanding “Contrast” in your social dancing choreography
  • Solo vs Partnering with Musicality. (BBS Musicality training teaches taking her “into the Music with you” while dancing with her socially; 90% partnering and 10% solo)
  • Recognizing your partner’s limits or lack thereof, and how to use those limits within your Musical interpretation(s).
  • How to enhance the song while connected with your partner without abruptly stopping them or re-directing them.
  • When and how to change your “self” rather than your partner.
  • How to recognize repeating patterns within the music – especially music you do not know by heart.

When and how to choreograph your movements and moves in a social dance atmosphere to the music wtih 10% solo and 90% together with your dance partner…

    • … within a split second,
    • … “on the fly”,
    • … planned out in advance because you know the music already
    • … based on feeling the patterns of / music that YOU DO NOT ALREADY KNOW.

Moves / Turn Patterns Emphasizing all aspects of Musicality and “How” to Smoothly Execute those moves based on “feeling”, interpretation, emotions, and dance level.

Impulsive / emotional choreography “on the Fly” – Story-boarding, dance genres, audience, themes, age-specific/awareness moves.

MUSIC SONG BREAKDOWN:
Intro–verse—Coro—-Montuno/Mambo/diablo/descarga—Ending.

  • Knowledge of the sections of music will help dancers sync up with the song and organize dance ideas so that the dance looks dynamic and has levels. ie
  • Paying attention to the intro can give you a clue about the finish of the song.  In this way you aren’t caught in mid Pattern when the song ends.  by paying attention to the beginning you are prepared for the ending and can do an appropriate dip or fade ect.
  • The Montuno section is always a high energy section so this is where you are going to really break out your patterns and work to keep the energy high
  • Connection – Knowing that you are going to bust your patterns in the montuno section also frees you up to get a feel for your partner and gives you time to CONNECT.

HOW TO LISTEN FOR HITS/RHYTHM BREAKS/REPEATED PHRASES
What I’ve noticed is that often themes are repeated in songs , so if a song has a rhythm break in the first verse, there’s a good chance that it will happen again in the second verse.  Knowing this allows you to give your dance more dynamics even if you don’t know the song at all

SONG DYNAMICS AND SPEEDS

    • Dancing softly–longer, languid movements, closed positions, close embraces, smaller movements
    • Dancing loud—bigger movements, more arms, staccato movements, Jazz flares, open position dancing

    • Dancing to Slow songs:  Songs have to be milked more, more of you has to go into the dance, harder to dance than faster music, body isolation, shoulders, sensuality, smooth patterns

    • Dancing to faster music:  spins, power moves, isolations, shimmies, getting the hits, learning to move economically so you’re not totally worn out for next song

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Degree Black Belt (Expert) – Overview

DBM Certified and Regional Expert

 

Must already be DBM Certified
Must already be Purple, Blue, Brown, Red and Red/Black Belt Certified

Have proven personal integrity, trust and commitment to the Black Belt System and DBM Academy.

They provide leadership insight and strength to the system, their regional teams, and studios worldwide.

Minimum of Two Years of service in the BBS System through Red/Black Belt , as a trainer and instructor. Congress instructor and performer, dance team leader, choreographer, and international competitor.

A minimum of 190 hours of physical BBS Upper Belt-Level Instructor training

Both Lead and Follow of the Black Level Required BBS Syllabus Curriculum

Mastering Steals on the Social Dance Floor and applying them to choreography for shows.

Performing – Stage presence, sizing, floor space, crew, dancers, audience, production crews, contracts, Unions, props, lighting, sound, assistants

“Learning how to teach” simple and grounded Lifts and Tricks – Safety, Execution, Stretching, Floor Space, Floor Quality Requirements, Audience, Personal Safety and Insurance

Teaching more complex and creative Lifts and Tricks with Musicality TO PERFORMANCES – applying musicality tricks and techniques to “showmanship” with tricks, tips, and traps, working with your DJ.

What is too much? What is too little? When do you need to EXIT the stage?

Competing– Healthy competitiveness, preparation, time, timing, location, theme, rehearsal rules, partnership issues, costuming, injuries

How to Successfully Run a Professional / Jack and Jill, and Non-Pro Competition (continuation of DBM© Training)

Managing Different types of Competitions

How to Run, Manage, and Monetize a “successful” Dance Team(s) (continuation of DBM Training)

How to “Teach” at a Congress / Festival / Corporate Event / Party

Advanced Choreography – Couples, Solo, Dance Teams.

Music Creation Tricks, Tips, and Traps.

Advanced Lifts and Tricks, Stage Makeup, Acting and Single vs Group Stage Presence

How to Organize and Teach a Group Class (from 5 to 1000 students) both Nationally and Internationally (differeces) insurance, taxes, time management, professionalism, teaching with or without a partner, fees, prepration, follow-up

How to Run a Congress / Festival (part of DBM Training)

Traveling the World and Setting up Black Belt Salsa (BBS) International Schools

Traveling the World (part of DBM© Training)

  • How to Teach in Various Countries
  • What to look out for, and be aware of.
  • Contracts
  • Foreign Money / Exchange
  • Taxes

How to Create a DVD Series from start to finish, Step-by-Step

Click: “Musicality” DVD References for 1st thru 3rd Degree Black Belt

Black Belt Q&A
Accountability Partner Assignments
Certification Exam
Course Evaluation
Monthly Follow-Up “Stay Sharp” DBPNetwork Graduate Webinars
Monthly Accountability Partner Follow-Up and Follow-Throughs

Belt Combinations

    

Blue & Purple Belts

Colorado training with Edie, The Salsa Freak!

2017 Dates:
May 25th – 30th

August 30 – September 5th

$950 in Advance
$1100 One Week Prior to Start

Both Belts – Included: $150 worth of FREE Instructional DVDs of your choice, in addition to the required Belt DVDs.
60 hour minimum requirement for both Belts total.

 

     

 Brown & Red Belts

Colorado training with Edie, The Salsa Freak!

2017 Dates:
May 31st – June 5th

September 6th-12th

$950 in Advance
$1100 One Week Prior to Start

Both Belts – Included: $150 worth of FREE Instructional DVDs of your choice, in addition to the required Belt DVDs.
60 hour minimum requirement for both Belts total.

 

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