Learning face-to-face is a totally different experience to learning from YouTube. You have the personal attention of an instructor, other students to learn from, shared laughter and tears, extended focus during the class and through the term/series. YouTube videos are great, but I value my time in classes and workshops.
Teachers have costs to cover: space rental; loaner hoops; music; preparation time; marketing...it's a business.
That said, I tend to teach for free - in parks and such - because it's fun. I still put in all the time and attention to the classes I am teaching, I just don't ask for money; it's not my favorite form of currency.
Tink is absolutely correct. Learning from a real person with whom you can ask questions directly, etc, is completely different than learning from a video. My classes mean different things to different people. For some people it's a stress relief, others it's a fun activity with their friends, or a chance to do something for themselves outside of the home, away from their husbands and kids. Do I charge? Yes. I have to be insured, I have to rent space (parks here don't allow people to charge), and I'm providing a service. My students know they can go to you tube, yet they still come back.
You can look up videos on you tube to learn yoga, hip hop dance, belly dance, sewing, French, yet classes for these, and so many other subjects, are available, and utilized.
I think a small fee would be fine. I am going to take a hoop dance course and it will cost me about $14.00 a lesson for 6 weeks. I am happy to pay it, to meet local hoopers and learn to incorporate some dance and create my own style. Plus I may try out the hoops she provides and see if I like one better than my main squeeze :o)
I plan to start a hoop group as well and hope that members will help contribute "donations" to the costs involved with making the hoops and some of the provisions to the location made to accomidate such groups.
Not everyone learns finds learning from video's easy or they don't have the time to find and sort free videos. I fall in the second. I take Safire's online classes because they are quailty lessons I don't have to waist time watching and searching, also they are clear and she know's what she is talking about. I pay for the quailty. I know I could just as easy learn from free youtube videos but the time this saves me is golden :) I also have taken a few in person classes just to meet people and learn from different teachers.
I teach. I never thought teaching was something I'd ever do, but I reallllly love teaching hooping.
I learned on my own through YouTube videos and some things just took me forever to learn. I think I did pretty well on my own and consider myself a pretty decent hooper, but I'm constantly impressed with how much faster my students will pick things up than I did. However, I didn't have anyone there who was able to give me feedback (example: You've got the movement down right, but your back push needs to be stronger to maintain the momentum... YES!). And I've had some students that just keep coming back because they say as much as they love hooping, having a regular class they're paying for keeps them practicing more regularly than without it.
I never got in it to make money. I got in it because there was no hooping community in my area so I decided to make one by teaching others. What money I do make isn't huge, but it's definitely been helpful in paying for wedding expenses. (We're paying for our own wedding—great because no one can tell you what to do—stressful because I don't want to go into debt at all).
And beyond me sharing my skills and the whole money thing, having a regular time each week where I get to spend time in my hoop sharing with others is super therapeutic for me. It always makes me feel better no matter my mood. <3
I think i would to pay for lessons and have that one on one time with someone, but time is a big issue for me now that ive started school about an hour and a half away from my home, and I need to commute via bus, so a lot of my time is spent riding the bus..
I remember seeing ads for hooping classes in local coffee shops, but it was eighty dollars for three lessons, and since I already know how to chest hoop, shoulder hoop, waist hoop, leg hoop, etc. i'm a little scared that i'd be paying eighty bucks for things i already know.. (those ads are also no longer there.)
eighty dollars is also a lot of money for me to pay, maybe when I have the money, I'll look into it; I'd love to have someone there, because as helpful as youtube is, it doesn't really have any expectations for you, and i think that can be helpful.
anyy hoop instructors near toronto, ontario!? haha (i dont live there but i live about an hour away.)
Same here! I have been hooping for 2 years now and I swear all the girls who I've taught (just made hoops for or friends, whatever) have learned things WAY faster than I. It really does make a difference having personal contact and advice. Learning from Youtube was great thanks to SaFire but also took me a lot longer to master things.
That being said I recently was asked to start teaching some classes. My main concerns were these: How much to charge if any? How to acquire hoops that can be used for classes? (most of the hoops I have are brand new and waiting to be sold, I don't really have the funds to make hoops that are just to be torn up :/) Is it best to have different classes for different levels of skill?
I just had to bite the bullet and spend the money to make hoops for class. However, I started with my old beginner hoops that were already beat up, and then the hoops that I made for class I didn't fully tape. I'd put a few strips of gaffers or inexpensive electrical tape on them but I wouldn't tape them with my expensive tapes.
How much to charge if any?
If you have no bills to pay for the space (are you doing it in a public park?), supplies(hoops,music device etc) then don't charge. If you do Charge by hour, set a rate you feel you could pay for or your hoop friends could pay for. I've noticed classes go from $10-$20 a class. Mine are $11 a class...
How to acquire hoops that can be used for classes?
Make them..They don't have to be fancy they jus thave to work for the class. Students will buy hoops if they like your class and want to keep hooping at home. Don't worry the universe will help provide for new hoops. Start with a couple of the hoops you already have... I can't count the number i've sold just to students. I have made back the cost for supplies to make hoops fro my students. I can now even lend hoops to students that may not afford hoops or not sure they want to commit to hooping just yet.
Is it best to have different classes for different levels of skill?
If you don't know what level to teach just teach them all. I have a mixed level class we start with beginner tricks to warm up, go to intermediate, then advanced for a challegned. Don't under estimate your students, give them something to work toward and think outside the box.
Thanks Martika, super great answers :)
That's my story too. It took me years to learn certain tricks which my students can learn in one night. You describe the situation very well.
Also, for people who are able to learn from youtube videos, you are likely a visual learning or maybe a bit auditory. I, myself, am visual and kinestetic, so learning through videos is not as easy as when someone can place my body in the right position. A lot of my students are the same and appreciate that I "man handle" them into the correct position.
Some people also feel isolated as a hooper and attending lessons is a great way for people (especially shy people) to connect with others who have a similar interest.
I love teaching and although I struggled at the beginning with my "worth" as an instructor, I now appreciate that my students think what I offer is valuable.
Haha! Man handling. Yes. Sometimes if someone is really struggling with something I go, "Can I touch you?" and if they say go ahead I get right in there and put them in the right spot. It's really helpful for some folks and if they'd have had to figure it out on their own it would've taken them weeks (which is fine if they want to learn on their own—lots of stuff took me forever to learn). And I also felt strange figuring out my "worth" for a while too, but when I get such positive feedback from those in my classes it helps me see that I am providing something of value.