5 ways to get the most out of your dance lessons
1. GOOD ATTENDANCE
On your way to becoming a good dancer, it is important you attend as many of your scheduled dance classes as possible or you may miss new material and helpful corrections. If you must miss a lesson, letting your studio know in advance is appropriate. Schedule a make up class or ask the school if your instructor is available to teach a private lesson. A private lesson is worth five dance classes!
2. PRACTICE AT HOME AND STRETCH
A lot of material can be covered in one class. It is very important to review steps, corrections and terminology so you can be prepared for the next lesson. Another way to improve quickly is to stretch at home while doing your homework or watching television.
3. FOCUS AND BE PREPARED
Begin your classes by putting your best foot forward. Check the dress code for your particular class and adhere to it. Always arrive to class a few minutes early and show you are ready to go. Your dance teacher will notice these little things and know you are serious about your dancing. When taking class, always be attentive, respectful, and courteous. Concentrate on what your teacher is saying and apply these things to your dancing. Being disciplined is the fastest way to becoming a better dancer!
4. EAT HEALTHY AND DRINK WATER
Dance requires both physical and mental power. It's important to eat a healthy snack before attending dance class to ensure you have plenty of energy for the entire lesson. Staying hydrated is equally important so please feel free to bring bottled water into the classroom. Please make sure the container is plastic and has a twist top.
5. SELF COMPARISON
Everyone is unique and therefore improves and grows at different rates. Therefore it is important to try and not compare yourself to others. Focus on yourself in class and always remember to maintain a sense of humor. A happy dancer improves quicker than a frustrated or sad dancer.