Hey everyone, I thought I would share with you a bizarre and upsetting experience I had with a new teacher yesterday, and also welcome hearing your own opinions/experiences with good or bad teachers. First a brief background: I took AT group lessons once per week for four months with a local instructor. He is extremely calm, patient and kind, and all the students like him. He only teaches beginner level, however, and he told me I was ready to move on. He recommended another studio in the area with a well-regarded young teacher from Argentina whom I will call Monkey Boy (you'll see why). So I went to this studio for MB's level 2 class, which is listed as being for students who have one prior month of lessons. I had four months, so I thought, sounds good for me. Well, here's a partial litany: 1. I walked in on time but many other students were late. So MB decided to throw on a salsa tune and kill some time by dancing with one of the students who is good at salsa. This seemed very wrong to me. Shouldn't he respect our time and just start the lesson with the people who have shown up? 2. When MB eventually proceeded with the lesson, he decided to teach a very complicated pattern that, if I remember, included: a cross, a turn, back ochos, mordida, barrida and at least a couple other things that I probably don't know the name of yet. Most of the people had a lot of trouble learning it. There was only one woman who could do it easily; I talked to her after the class and it turned out she had taken privates in Argentina, etc. etc. so she was way ahead of everyone else. 3. Okay the biggest complaint - and reason for the nickname - MB has a lot of issues teaching women. He actually made faces at me and at the other ladies if we screwed up! By that, I mean he made goofy, clownish mocking faces. He may have thought he was trying to lighten the mood, but not one lady in there was happy about it. MB pretty much blamed the ladies for the problems. To his credit, I guess, MB took time to work with each individual, including me. But I was so tense around him, had enormous trouble following him and made frequent mistakes, at which he either made faces or just shook his head as if I was a pathetic, clumsy idiot with no hope of ever dancing properly. Look, there is no doubt that I have much to learn. That's why I'm in classes, duh! And I could tell this guy knows his tango technique. But I don't think he knows much about about people. I was so miserable in his class. My previous teacher played mostly soft, sensitive songs and encouraged us to express the music in our dancing. MB played an aggressive Piazzolla tune and didn't seem to care if we danced with the music or not. I'm kind of surprised my first teacher recommended MB; I'll have to ask him why. Thanks for reading my rant. Thoughts, anyone? And what do you think makes a good or bad teacher?