Classes are a great way to learn new skills, expand your horizons and meet other dancers but you will really only get out of a class what you put in. Engaged and curious students will be able to explore new paths and find new ideas, as well as soak up the maximum amount of information. Here are some tips for getting the most out of a class:
- Arrive on time: you can miss a lot of context when arriving late. It can also take your body and brain a little while to warm up (which is why we warm up at the beginning of class) so you will always be a couple of steps behind.
- Ask questions: I can guarantee that if you’re thinking a question someone else in the room is thinking the same thing, so don’t be shy about asking! Questions also give the teachers a really good idea of what direction the students want to head in.
- Be curious: ask yourself lots of questions like “why did that happen that way?” Ask your partner questions as well such as “how did it feel when I did x?” The more questions you ask the more information you get.
- Be open: always assume the teacher is talking about you when giving the group feedback. Never dismiss something even if you think it doesn’t apply to you – you might be missing out on some valuable information.
- Be respectful: always approach making changes with your partner as a team effort rather than saying “you’re doing this wrong”. Also be respectful that everyone is in different places in their dance journey and has different expectations coming into classes. Being respectful makes the class more rewarding for everyone involved and makes people want to work with you more.
- Know when your well is full: personally I can feel a bit overwhelmed if I try and apply too much information at once. It’s ok to focus on one thing at a time and put other information in your back pocket for later if this suits your learning style.
I hope you find these tips useful, and if you’ve found something that works for you in class I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! See you on the dance floor soon.