Ten tips for dance class
Try to stay positive and have an open mind
The first few dance classes can be tough. You might be new to dance or moving up to a new level. You are probably meeting a lot of new people. Maybe you have a new teacher. It is easy to feel intimidated and uneasy but remind yourself that everyone is in the same shoes. Be kind and encouraging to your fellow dancers and remember that the most important thing is to have fun!
Enrol in the right class
Our instructors are excellent at making class recommendations for students but if you feel like you aren’t in the right class, talk to us! We want to make sure you’re taking the classes that you want at the correct level.
Listen to your body
It’s good to push yourself to new levels but be smart about it. Ease in to new things and make sure your muscles are warmed up. Listening to your body properly will help avoid injury.
Listen to your teacher
Come to class ready to listen and learn. Don’t be offended or discouraged when your teacher offers corrections. Learning how to take constructive criticism is a very important skill. Not only will it help you become a better dancer, it will help you throughout your life! Maybe that’s why dancers are such great people : )
Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help
There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking your teacher to repeat something. If you can’t master a certain step or you are having trouble remembering choreography, ask for help.
Don’t compare yourself to other dancers
Everyone learns at a different pace. Comparing yourself to others will hurt your self-esteem and distract you from learning. Try to remember that all dancers were once at your level. It takes time and effort to improve. Confidence in yourself will help you get to where you want to be.
Don’t miss the warmup
Make sure you’re on time or early for class so that you don’t miss the warm up. If you’re running late, see if there is anything you can do to warm up your muscles before you get to class. You don’t want to set yourself up for potential injury.
Eat a light, healthy snack one hour before class
Fueling your body with healthy protein, carbs and fat will give you the energy and strength for a great class. Some good examples include a banana, whole grain toast with nut butter or avocado, veggies and hummus.
Remember to bring your water bottle
Staying hydrated is very important when you are moving a lot. Reusable water bottles are very important for our environment!
Follow the dress code
The dress code is put in place for very good reasons. It provides structure which helps young dancers focus in class. The dress code also ensures that every student is wearing the necessary clothing to dance safely and comfortably.
Photos by David Hou