Dancing on a high level can be very expensive if you’re not careful. It’s really easy to spend a lot of money on dancing because you just love it. Here are 5 keys points on how to get the most out of your dance lesson without having to “rob the bank”.
1. Who are they to tell me what to do?
First of all, choose your teacher wisely. There are thousands of dance schools around the world and even more dance teachers. How do you know where to go? Well, do your research and find out more about your instructor before you put your “dance career” in their hands. Everyone is on internet these days.
You should also realize that there is a big difference between a dance teacher and a dance coach. Read more about it HERE.
2. What do you want?
– lose weight,
– wear fantastic dresses,
– travel around
– live a fairy tale for a minute etc.
Many of you may have heard about SMART objectives if you worked for a corporate company. Well, in dancing it is not much different. Your teacher should help you define your goals and give you the tools to reach them. You can read more about SMART objectives HERE. Speak to your teacher about your goals.
Once you figure out what they are, write them in My Dance Journal™.
3. Do you homework.
At the end of your lesson it’s great to a have clear idea of what you need to focus on before the next lesson. Ask your teacher if you are not sure. However, try to get a little bit more than “just practice” as its too vague. I would say to my students “memorize your choreography or your job is to know your timing inside out”- quite simple tasks and very clear but they still prove challenging to some.
It’s easy to get distracted so make sure that once you know your homework, you complete the job. Don’t suddenly end up spending your precious practice time on the technique of your oversway in Slow Waltz… (just because it’s sexy and exciting). In fact, I included the perfect template for your notes in My Dance Journal™.
4. From a bus to dance floor.
You are a dancer and you use your body to produce something meaningful and artistic (hopefully). Certainly, you wouldn’t go to an Award presentation in your Nike trainers and yesterday’s top (again, hopefully).
You would need to prepare yourself. The same applies when it comes to your dance lessons. To start off, look the part because this will make you feel better and more confident. Put on the clothes that make you feel good for all lessons and trainings! PS. When you have a warm up at competitions- also make an effort to look presentable as other already judge you!