You’ve decided to go for it! You’re going to get back on the dance floor. You want to get off to a good start so you’re going to brush up on your skills at a local dance instruction center. Here are 7 ways to make sure that you get the most out of the experience!
- Do some research. Make your first visit on the Internet. See if the center you are considering has the classes you want. Check out their online reviews. Choose one that is well established and well liked. The Internet is a great place to find out about a business both by visiting their site and by reading reviews written by real clients.
- Don’t worry about a partner. You don’t need one. The center will take care of it for you. So, if you have someone who wants to join in your dance journey, bring them along. If you don’t, don’t let it stop you.
- And, while you’re not worrying – don’t worry about your size. Dancers come in every shape – including out-of-shape. Dance may help you shed some pounds, but extra pounds – no matter how many – shouldn’t stop you!
- You might want to start with a private lesson. Many dance centers have a reduced introductory rate and one-on-one is a great way to get started. It will give you a great idea on how the staff works with its clients.
- Make sure your instructor looks at the positive – not the negative. You want a good, professional instructor who will work with what you can do and respects your limits. It’s OK to push those limits as time goes on, but gently. You want an instructor who will work within both your comfort level and your physical ability.
- Relax! Don’t be a perfectionist. Be proud that you’re trying something new! Delight in what you’re learning. If you miss a step – or two or more – so has everyone else in the room. Give yourself a break and enjoy the experience. Celebrate yourself – without any criticism. You are undoubtedly your own worst critic so let it go.
- Make the effort to make new friends. You’re going to be meeting people from different places, different cultures and of different ages. Reach out! When you change partners make sure you have a friendly greeting ready. While people may not want to talk while they’re concentrating on learning a new step, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation before or after your lesson!
Feel the music – enjoy the beat! Taking a dance lesson may be the start of lots of good things in your life! If you live in Paradise Valley, consider the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. You’ll be glad you did!