Denver Apprentice Info

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Black Belt Salsa Apprentice Team 2021

Weekly Teaching Assignments

Please check this list OFTEN – please remind your Sensei to update it.

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DO NOT move to another circle without Sensei’s approval.

APPRENTICE EXPECTATIONS:

You will be expected to show up at Tuesday night Group classes no later than 6:00pm to help with setup. 

You are expected to stay until 10pm at every Group Class, dancing with each other and students.  It is imperative that you social dance with our / your students.  If you arrive late, you will be expected to stay late.  If you arrive early, you may leave a bit earlier.  But not before you help with setup/closeup.  YOU MUST ALWAYS CHECK IN WITH YOUR SENSEI PRIOR TO LEAVING EARLY SO SHE CAN GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO TAKE DOWNSTAIRS AND HELP THE CLEANUP CREW.  

If you cannot make your class, please find your own substitute.  REMINDER:  It is NOT your Sensei’s responsibility to find your replacement.

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WEEK 1 - High Hand Emphasis w/ Shoulders

Warm Up / Styling:  Jerico & Espe or Alicia and Jesse
  • Fun Day 1 – Jesse:  Luis
  • White 1 – Armando:  Liz
  • White 2 – Susan:  Ryan
  • Orange 1 – Alicia
  • Orange 2 – Sensei, Espe & Yana
  • Yellow 3 – Jerico & Floaters
  • Camo 3, Green 1, Purple 3, Blue 2 – Vacant
Floater(s) :  Venthi, Lauren, Ryan, Liz, Yana, Adelina
Your responsibility is to fill in where ever is needed.  If there are too many of gender or another, please fill that gap. 

WEEK 2 - Shoulder Emphasis w/ High Hand

Warm Up / Styling:  Jerico & Espe or Alicia and Jesse
  • Fun Day 1 – Jesse:  Luis
  • White 1 – Armando:  Liz
  • White 2 – Susan:  Ryan
  • Orange 1 – Alicia
  • Orange 2 – Sensei, Espe & Yana
  • Yellow 3 – Jerico & Floaters
  • Camo 3, Green 1, Purple 3, Blue 2 – Vacant
Floater(s) :  Venthi, Lauren, Ryan, Liz, Yana, Adelina
Your responsibility is to fill in where ever is needed.  If there are too many of gender or another, please fill that gap. 

WEEK 3 - Hip / Waist and Low Hand

Warm Up / Styling:  Jerico & Espe or Alicia and Jesse
  • Fun Day 1 – Jesse: Foater(s)
  • White 1 – Armando:  Liz
  • White 2 – Susan:  Ryan
  • Orange 1 – Alicia
  • Orange 2 – Sensei, Espe & Yana
  • Yellow 3 – Jerico & Floaters
  • Camo 3, Green 1, Purple 3, Blue 2 – Vacant
Floater(s) :  Venthi, Luis, Lauren, Ryan, Liz, Yana, Adelina
Your responsibility is to fill in where ever is needed.  If there are too many of gender or another, please fill that gap. 

WEEK 4 - Tailbones and Headloops

Warm Up / Styling:  Jerico & Espe or Alicia and Jesse
  • Fun Day 1 – Jesse:  Floater(s)
  • White 1 – Armando:  Liz
  • White 2 – Susan:  Ryan
  • Orange 1 – Alicia
  • Orange 2 – Sensei, Espe & Yana
  • Yellow 3 – Jerico & Floaters
  • Camo 3, Green 1, Purple 3, Blue 2 – Vacant
Floater(s) :  Venthi, Lauren, Luis, Ryan, Liz, Yana, Adelina,
Your responsibility is to fill in where ever is needed.  If there are too many of gender or another, please fill that gap. 

If there is a WEEK 5

Warm Up / Styling:  Jerico & Espe or Alicia and Jesse
  • Fun Day 1 – Jesse:  Floater(s)
  • White 1 – Armando:  Liz
  • White 2 – Susan:  Ryan
  • Orange 1 – Alicia
  • Orange 2 – Sensei, Espe & Yana
  • Yellow 3 – Jerico & Floaters
  • Camo 3, Green 1, Purple 3, Blue 2 – Vacant
Floater(s) :  Venthi, Luis, Lauren, Ryan, Liz, Yana, Adelina
Your responsibility is to fill in where ever is needed.  If there are too many of gender or another, please fill that gap. 
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Apprentice Instructors

This list is confidential and should only be used to communicate amongst yourselves.

You may contact any Alumni Apprentice for teaching or private lessons if necessary.

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Women

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Espe Messersmith 719-469-2879espe@usa.com
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Adelina Apodaca  – 720-243-1189adelinalapodaca@gmail.com
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Lauren Bella – 720-454-4257 –  laurenmbella@yahoo.com
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Yana – Amosova –  720-550-3539   –  amosova.yana@gmail.com
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Men

Jesse Greaves-Smith – 303-880-9186  – jesse.greavessmith@gmail.com
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Brody Wade Wilson Koch –  719-251-1774  – bmkoch88@yahoo.com
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Jerico Lostaunau –  719-290-4649  – jericoguit@gmail.com
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Venthi Mareesan –  720-514-1714   – niraiventhi.m@gmail.com
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Armando Martinez –  720-271-8481  – armandom303@yahoo.com
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Luis Aragon 720-628-5121  –  luis2879@gmail.com 
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Ryan Torres – 720-254-8187 –  ryantorres0601@gmail.com 

Alumni Instructors

Felix Cervantes – Black Belt: akatomcruz@gmail.com720-551-1520
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Sarah Albertson – Camo Belt: sarahlalbertson@gmail.com612-720-7419
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Eric Hall – Yellow Belt: 510-289-7874ehall103@gmail.com 
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Stephanie Bettman – Yellow Belt: – 323-791-7763 – stephaniebettman@gmail.com
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Satria Putra – Camo Belt: – 336-749-1468satriaps@gmail.com
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Arturo Hernandez – Yellow Belt:  – 512-373-0138 artorius.hernandez@gmail.com 
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Adam Ontiveros – Yellow Belt:   720-635-5260april2082.ao@gmail.com

Become an EXPERT!

Study the Apprentice Training Videos here:

What we look for in good dance coaching sessions:

PATIENCE

Personality

Sense of humour

Sharing something of SELF

Fabulous ENTHUSIASM and high energy

Using a variety of examples so everybody gets the message

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Putting dance in a broader context

Exceptional planning and timekeeping

Technically correct and at the right challenge level for the group

Getting participants working together for peer to peer learning

Great Analogies

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Outstanding group management

Progressive introduction to physical proximity

Breaking down skills then rebuilding them to a fluent performance

Techniques required in social dancing, speed fluency, etc

Personalization

 

Attention to correct technique

Working with people first as people and then as sports participants

Dealing with emergency procedures

Encouraging people to be expressive and show themselves

Physical conditioning

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Creating a positive and inclusive learning environment

Observing the weaker participants and pairing with more experienced

Celebrating success however small

Drawing on many areas of learning

Motor skill and muscle memory

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A bit of Landmark education

Some psychology

Some learning theory

Some acting and story-telling.

Ending with High-Tens!

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Learn by Doing

EMULATE Experienced Apprentice Fellows and practice offline

Practice “teaching” out loud what you just learned.  Once you reach Camo Belt, you will start to train beginner Apprentices as a requirement of your ongoing education.

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Start Teaching Privates!

The more you teach, the better you become!

Your level will skyrocket as a dancer the more you train others.  Take advantage of practicing with your fellow Apprentices!  All of us are willing to help and answer any questions you have!

Achieve your goals

Communicate your Goals with your Sensei

Do you want to compete? Perform? Travel the world teaching?  Open up your own school?  Let your Sensei know your deepest desires and they will help you get there!!

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“I never DREAMED I could do Lifts and Tricks… until you gave me that confidence!!”

Challenge yourself!!  The SKY is the LIMIT!! Ask for help!
Ask Questions! 
Remember, you get out of this program WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT.

Nothing comes easy.  It will be very hard work with committment and dedication…

BUT OMG… SO WORTH IT!!!   

You will get Fit, have Fun and benefit Financially!!   

(“F-Cubed”)

– Sensei Edie

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Kamshat Mussina – Professional BBS Alumni Apprentice / Professional BBS Performer

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The harder you work, the easier it gets!

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Reep the Benefits!

The harder you work, the better you get, the more in DEMAND you will become!

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