I’ m truly sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. Sometimes you have to take several classes with several teachers before you find the right one for you. You may require a different kind of room (mirrors vs. no mirrors, cool vs. warm, bright vs. dark), a different teaching style, prefer a different dance style, need a more or less intensive class, or maybe a smaller class. Changing instructors can feel like a set-back, because you may be changing many factors: the room; the voice you hear; the body you are watching; teaching and dancing style; ability; experience; techniques; atmosphere, attitude and/or mood; philosophy; and the other students in the room. You may also be using new props. Furthermore, we tend to use different names for movements, since there is no universally-accepted lexicon (vocabulary) for dance movements in our genre. Change can challenge us all in surprising ways, and yes, it can feel overwhelming or frustrating.There are only a couple of widely-recognized teacher/professional training courses offered in the world. Not every teacher has pursued the opportunity to be trained, more experienced, and more educated. There are certainly many ways to go about this. For more information, please refer to the article “Choosing a Teacher” . Some dance associations introduce certifications or standards for their teachers to adhere to. We don’t have that here in Winnipeg.
Usually teachers trained by the same master teacher or under the same method will have some similarity in approach. Other teachers work out a harmonious or complimentary teaching approach with co-teachers or colleagues. Sadly, it’s a bit of a dog’s breakfast (or rogue’s gallery) of teachers who’ve hung their shingle out to teach. And there’s no one to monitor or stop someone who is clueless.