New Dancer? No Worries!
Trying out a dance class is definitely a new and exciting experience if you haven’t had any formal training or took any formal classes growing up.
Few things to know to help ease your mind:
- Everyone is a beginner. If you’re starting a class for the first time – it’s more than likely you’ll be in a beginner class and it’s important to remember that everyone in that class is a beginner. No one is above anyone else and no one is trying to outdo their neighbor.
- Be comfortable. We always tell people who are trying out our class for the first time to wear something they would work out in. You’ll get hot and sweaty – so the lighter the material of the clothing – the better!
- Research the dance style you want to try. If you’re anything like me – I like to have an idea of what I’m going to walk into. It might be worth your while to check out some youtube videos or reach out to the instructor of the class to get a feel of what the class might be like.
- Stretch. If you’re not used to doing physical activity (or even if you are!) – it’s always a good idea to stretch before and after. A good instructor will be aware of this and have you stretch as a warm up and cool down, but it’s also good to stretch on your own. If it’s an upbeat class – the energetic moves might be a shock to your muscles and you don’t want to cramp while you’re having fun!
- Relax and have fun! I love seeing people when they leave a dance class. They’re all chugging water, out of breath and sweaty but they are SO enthusiastic! It’s like they found a huge burst of energy while releasing all their energy. Don’t worry about how you look – class is a judgement free zone and at the end of the day, it’s a place for you to have fun!
Enjoy your experience because there’s none quite like it!