Not every time at Salon Canning was it done nicely, but well above the rest. They had good drills, and actually had those that needed to practice the first part of the drill keep working on it on the outside, while they helped move forward on the inside group of people but still checking in with those that were working on the first part. Moving people between them and let the lesson flow. It wasn’t perfect, but they knew what they were doing, and weren’t so focused on the sequence.
Where intermediate classes get stuck, is they do teach sequences though… no beginner classes talks about the Yiro, and the intermediate class almost always expects you to know that and the cross easily. For a pre-Milonga class, unless you can work multiple groups and keep things broken down and stay at certain steps for those that need it like I mentioned above, I’ve never understood why you’re being taught sequences. This is still a Pre-Milonga single class, not a series, a sequence wont help you on a dance floor, because you’ll only get stuck if things don’t go right. Also the fact that most who stay for the intermediate class will most likely not be at that skill level.
So what do you teach? You should be working on the main parts of any “sequence”, which should be ochos and simple step combinations you can do from them, and also the cross. You don’t need anymore than 4 steps, if that, and encouraging in different directions. A simple sidestep into a back ocho and the many ways you can go from there, are you doing a side step with the back ocho with a foot change, are you putting a sacada in there as well, going from one Yiro into another, part of one, the fact you can do a Parada, all require no more than two steps to get into. You should teach these skills, and not something someone should memorize. If someone knows the skill enough, challenge them to work on a Sacada in the middle, working on the opposite side, or something to bump it up to their level. Working through a 10 step sequence makes people not at a proper intermediate level or know the basics who come up from the first class (which you want to encourage) just get overwhelmed and face failure too quickly. Embracing people and having them dance and finding the steps that work should be where you go.
These are just my ramblings and opinions of what I’ve seen which I’ve liked and found discouraging. What are your opinions?