What is it like when you start dance lessons? It’s like that song, “Getting To Know You”. This is your time to find out about your ballroom dance studio and your instructors. This is their time to learn more about you. You’re building a relationship that gets better “day by day”.
Once you’ve made the decision to start dance lessons and have chosen a studio and an instructor, what comes next?
You can expect private lessons that are designed to get you moving around the dance floor as quickly as possible. A carefully planned dance lesson will include:
Welcome in from the outside world. A warm-up dance takes your mind off the day’s stress, therefore, it prepares you to learn by easing the transition from work to play.
Review of the previous lesson
Don’t worry if you forget what you did in the last lesson. You actually will learn by forgetting, each time remembering more and more. It’s a normal part of the learning process.
The introduction of something new, whether it’s a step or a technique, results in a feeling of moving forward. New challenges are important to sustain desire as you start dance lessons.
Learning to dance requires muscle memory. With repetition, your body will memorize the moves allowing them to become automatic.
Most likely you’ll finish with a relaxing dance and a preview of the next lesson.
As you start dance lessons, you and your instructor are a new team.
He or she will need to find out about your learning style. No two people learn the same way so the teacher will use the first few lessons to find out about your:
- Rate of learning, which is how quickly you’re able to pick up new material such as steps, timing, or technique.
- Retention is based on how much you remember from lesson to lesson although as a new dancer it will improve quickly.
- Attendance referring not only to how often you come in but are you attending group classes and dance parties for extra practice.
Trying a variety of dances will make it easier for you to pick the ones you want to learn. It’s kind of like eating at a buffet, you sample many different things then load up your plate with what you loved.
Don’t hesitate to get in on the fun and start dance lessons. If you’re a wallflower, you’re missing out.
After a few lessons, you’ll feel right at home at the studio. Your dance club is a place for you to develop not only your creativity, but also peace of mind, and lasting friendships.
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