I have often thought the teacher at that school (my friend) is a better instructor than myself. This is not to say that I'm not a fabulous teacher. My students tell me I am. But the other instructor used to be both a ballet dancer and a pilates teacher. So she has a better understanding of movement and more experience teaching. She also does not have a learning disability, so she can retain and pass on far more information than I feel I can. Yet this is what the student that takes her classes said about my workshop:
"I've taken pole dancing before at a different studio but this was the first time I've been able to use floor moves and really learn how to look and be sexy while taking off my clothes."
Okay...holy cow! The other teacher teaches floorwork and a little bit of striptease. So it blows me away that we both taught her this and I'm the one that finally made her feel sexy and able to use her floorwork. I don't think I can post her testimonial on my website because I don't want anything on it that makes another pole school look less able than mine (especially when it is run by a supportive friend I love). But that testimonial made me realize I really do have things to offer that students may not get from her classes. It's really not about either of us being better instructors. Some students probably just learn better with her and some learn better with me. Maybe it's like dating. It's more about compatibility with teaching styles than one person being better than the other.