First off, Carmen showed up to give me moral support and she was great. I was really grateful that she was there. It made me feel more at ease and she helped me keep eyes on more people at once. She is much more advanced at pole than I am, so it was nice to have her give better examples at certain moves than I could. Although, these classes were just tasters, so only very basic moves were taught. I have those moves down pat and my form is pretty good.
The first class was five girls. Three were already friends. One girl had never taken formal classes but had a pole at home. It was a really great dynamic. We actually advanced pretty quickly and I was sweaty within a few minutes. The second group had four girls -- again three were already friends. One girl got the hang of things pretty quickly. The other three were a little self-conscious and shy, so we moved along a little more slowly than the first group. It wasn't a bad class by any means -- just different. We didn't end up learning quite as many moves. It was nice to see that different dynamics can create completely different classes and being able to go with the flow and not feel like I HAD to teach exactly the same lesson at both classes was an important lesson for me!
I woke up pretty sore and tired today. I had warmed up before the first class showed up so I ended up poling for about three hours yesterday. And I thought instructors were supposed to mostly watch!
Although I don't expect to be teaching pole on a regular basis quite yet (I feel like I need to be doing more advanced moves first), I definitely felt comfortable teaching a taster or beginner class. I could certainly at least sub a class for someone who was teaching the advanced moves. I understand the concept of inverts, even if I can't complete them myself. And I know how to be a good spotter.
So I am excited to continue this adventure -- learning to teach. And am looking forward to Femme Fatale being offered as a real class very soon! The Year of the Viking is starting off strong!