Deciding to take dance lessons is exciting, but it can also be daunting to enter a whole new world of dancing. Here are some tips to make it easier for you to get started.
Before you schedule:
Do some leg work. Fortunately, this kind of leg work does not involve plies! Research dance styles on the internet, in magazines, or on TV. Youtube is probably the best research tool available to you, because it will allow you to use search words, such as Ballroom, Ballet, Salsa, and such, to ensure that once you call an actual dance studio, you will have an idea of what kind of dancing you would like to learn. Then, when the time to sign up for a lesson package comes, you will know that you will be learning what you want.
Call a few studios. If the first studio you call sounds perfect, you are in luck! However, it is always helpful to have a back-up plan. In case something does not work out as planned, you won’t have to go through the search process all over again. Pull up a few phone numbers and write then down, in case the first place you call turns out to be not what you are looking for. And if the studio you call does not sound like a good fit at all, don’t make an appointment and then not show up! Let the person on the other end know that they don’t offer what you are looking for. This way you won’t waste the studio’s time, and give them an opportunity to better their business by being better aware of what customers are looking for.
Before your first lesson:
Make sure you have comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet as you dance. Don’t worry about buying dance shoes right away – take your time to make sure of the dances you want to work on, and find out what type of shoe works best for the style.
Don’t be nervous! Remember, most people taking their first dance lesson think they have two left feet, yet, those are the same people you will see a month later looking graceful and self-assured on the dance floor. If dancing is something you want to do, go for it, regardless of how many right and left feet you think you have!
On your first lesson:
Wear something that stretches and does not ride up. You don’t want being uncomfortable in your clothes to become the focus of your lesson.
Talk to your instructor about what your goals are. I know it seems too early, but you may be wasting your time and money if you aren’t being taught what you want to learn. For example, if you see yourself dancing in competitions a year from now, it may be a waste of time to learn social dancing first, and visa versa.
Tell your instructor what kind of music you like, especially if you are utterly lost as to what kind of dancing you may be interested in. This can point you in the right direction. For example, if you love Pop, you may want to learn some of the dances that can be done to it, like the Hustle, or Swing. And if you hate Pop, learning these may be a waste of time for you, since these dances are most often done to the music you don’t enjoy.
Remember that you are there, first and foremost, to have a great time, and do whatever it takes to get there!