If you have decided to take a dance class for the first time, it is natural to feel a little nervous. Perhaps you are so because you feel you don’t know how to dance well enough already, you’re concerned about being in a class with other people, or you don’t generally know what to expect, or how to prepare. However, you’re not alone; there will be plenty of people in your class who are either first-timers, or still learning. In fact, the majority of dancers in a class have never danced before, and so, at Dance Passion Studio, we begin the class as though no one knows anything. Just take a deep breath, and try these things to prepare for your first dance class.
Know Your Goal: Consider why you chose to do this in the first place. Did you want to learn to dance? Did you need a more interesting source of exercise? Did you need a social activity to help get you out of the house? Focus on your wants and needs, and remind yourself not to worry about the others in the class. Concentrate on getting the most out of the class for which you paid good money.
Comfortable Gear: Wear shoes that rotate on the floor (flats, normal shoes, dance shoes), but avoid open-back shoes and tennis shoes, and, of course, very high heels and stilettos. Ultimately, make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it’s something in which you feel you can move easily.
Stretch it Out: It’s always a good idea to stretch before any physical activity, even if it’s just light stretching. There is no harm in feeling a little extra loose. Also, stretching and focusing on deep, calming breaths—like yoga—is a very good way to prepare your mind, as well as your body, through relaxation.
Finally, if you still find yourself feeling a little anxious, it never hurts to bring a friend, family member, or coworker to share in the experience. Also, it’s always a good idea to check the directions and leave a little early to be certain you get to class on time, and maybe a little early so you can take a moment before class to breathe and relax. Just remember that everyone in the class is, or has been, in your situation at some time. Remember why you’re there, dress comfortably, stretch, breathe, and get ready to dance it out with us at Dance Passion Studio.