A guide to Dance Class Etiquette at Craze Dance Academy.
RULE 1…BE ON TIME…
Arriving on time for dancing shows respect for teachers, peers and the dance institution.
It also ensures that you warm up safely and thoroughly in preparation for your workout ahead, attempt to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to prepare. You can use this time to communicate any information to the teacher, such as injuries, illness or a need to leave class early.
RULE 2…RESPECT THE TEACHER…
Respecting you teacher is common courtesy and will promote a strong teacher/student relationship. Speak only when spoken to and keep class chitchat to a minimum.
Being prepared and alert, by counting yourself in when it’s your turn, is very helpful to the teacher. Many teachers find it insulting when dancers sit down while waiting for their group’s turn to dance. Instead, mark out choreography or stretch at the side of the room.
DO NOT chew gum or bring food into the studio. Coming prepared with a bottle of water or energy drink shows the teacher that you are ready for hard work. Remember to only have a sip when the teacher allows for a drink break. Be sure to applaud the teacher for their efforts at the completion of the class, and personally thank them as you leave the room.
RULE 3…POSITION YOURSELF APPROPRIATELY…
In an open class your position in the studio often reflects your skill, so beginners should stand at the back of the room in order to follow the more advanced dancers. However, if the teacher requests you or your row to move forward, be sure to follow, don’t be shy. It is often easier to pick up the choreography when other dancers are not obstructing your view.
Have spatial awareness by keeping an equal and substantial distance away from dancers on all sides of you. Try your hardest not to encroach on their space and in turn, politely request and encourage others to do the same.
RULE 4….. OBEY DRESS CODES…
Your physical appearance matters in dancing not just when it is performance time. Basic grooming, such as your hairstyle and personal hygiene should be addressed before every class. Ensure that your clothes and shoes both suit the dress code of the studio, and are appropriate for the style of dance. That means no pink ballet tights for hip-hop, or baggy sweats for ballet. Take a few minutes before class to check that nothing will move – loose ponytails, untied shoelaces or singlet straps that slip off your shoulders are disruptive to your concentration and are frustrating for the teacher.
Remember dance classes are for hard work, and your clothes and grooming should reflect this.
RULE 5…BE OPEN MINDED…
Keeping an open mind is very important in order to gain maximum benefit from dance classes. Don’t make direct comparisons between teachers, as every dancer and dance teacher has something different to offer. Listen carefully, put in your best effort and be persistent. And if you still don’t understand something, politely ask the teacher to explain. Leave long conversations or questions till after class, and never challenge the teacher. Attempt any corrections given to you, listen to and learn from corrections given to other dancers, and don’t take yourself too seriously and get embarrassed or upset. Just try your best to improve, which along with your passion for dance is why you are in the dance class to begin with.
By following these basic dance class guidelines, you will be on the path to improving your dancing, as well as gaining the respect of your dance teacher and the other dancers in the class. Most importantly, never forget why you are dancing in the first place – HAVE FUN!