We’ve all been there, you’re interested in joining your first dance class (or getting back into it since high school) but you don’t know where to start other than checking the studio’s website and choosing a class. Well, here are our tips to get the most out of your class!
What to wear
This depends on the type of dance style you are doing. Most Hiphop/Street Dance studios encourage you to wear comfortable clothing such as track pants and a loose t-shirt. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated.
Let’s be honest, no matter where you are (bus, train etc) no one likes to smell someone else’s body odour, especially in an enclosed space. As you’ll be dancing alongside other people and sweating up a storm, it is common courtesy to at least wear/bring deodorant. You could also bring a sweat towel or an extra t-shirt.
Always try to bring a water bottle to class. As you will most likely be sweating, it is important to stay hydrated throughout class.
It may be common sense, but if this is your first time ever in a dance studio then these tips will help you blend right in:
- Get to class at least 5-10 minutes earlier. Chances are you might get lost finding the studio and having that extra time before class will help get all the administration out of the way. It is also a good chance to check out the studio, your instructor and your fellow dancers.
- Make an effort to say “Hi!”. We all know making friends as you get older can become harder, so instead of waiting for someone else to make the first move, take the initiative to introduce yourself.
- Notify your instructor of any injuries. • Keep quiet when the instructor is talking. Not only does it distract the instructor, but it distracts those around you as well who are trying to learn.
- Keep your phone on silent. Again, nothing is more distracting than a phone going off multiple times during class. If you are finding that the class is too hard, don’t walk out. Not only is this disrespectful to the instructor, but it says a lot about you as a person. Try to stick it out, approach the teacher during breaks and ask them for further.
Last but not least, ask questions. This is YOUR dance class so make the most out of it. Chances are, someone else has the same question as you and the instructor shouldn’t mind; it’s their job to make sure you understand.