How come cueing is not taught anymore as a fundamental when getting certified?
I have noticed lately that more instructors do not cue classes. They point or say nothing and expect you to follow. It seems they are more into performing than instructing. Cueing should be a vital component in order to pass a certification what are your views?
Unless you want to follow your clients around 24/7 correcting every detail of their daily movement (or lack thereof), it's important for them to understand how to work within their own compensation patterns and train within safe limits.
To accomplish this, I teach the guideline PROM DATE.
Painless Range Of Motion Demonstrating Acceptable Technique
It's our job as trainers to understand and define what is 'acceptable' - and depending on the load used, there may be a wider or narrower range of tolerance one should use for a given movement.
When I got my specialty format certifications for Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, and PiYo, cueing is a part of the training in the manual and the live training. Also, as we receive new rounds, hustles, and lessons, we are given ways to preview the moves for class participants and cueing suggestions for the moves. Thanks to Chalene Johnson for ensuring that training happens. I plan on getting Chalene's "Cueology" CD to make sure I know more about cueing.
I believe when an instructor fails to properly cue his or her class, it's usually because they are not confident doing the choreography and looking ahead at the same time. That is why the audition part is so important for getting a group instructor job. That shows if you can cue or not. But if a club is consistently hiring instructors who can't cue, then we should look at the club and see how well it is really serving the clients.
You learn really quickly how to give a command in four words or less!
i think it's too bad that it's not at least a part of the protocol
It's an art yes, but we can educate a bit right?
I definitely agree that cuing has received less emphasis over the last few years. Our industry used to be dominated by verbal cues for many years, especially in the era of complicated hi/lo and step routines.
With the rise of simpler formats, and the growth in popularity of visual cuing, some instructors assumed no cuing was happening, when really it was just a different type of cuing. And a newer instructor not understanding the subtleties of visual cuing might drop cuing altogether.
But cuing is alive and well in some formats. Zumba's B2 and Pro Skills courses spend significant time teaching instructors how to cue well. And volunteer mentors within Zumba were taught how to teach new instructors to cue.
No matter how it's done, may cuing thrive in our classes!