Every dancer has their idols and the thought of having a private dance lesson with them is mind-blowing. But there are some unwritten rules you should follow when you have your lesson with a guest teacher.
Find out how much lessons cost in advance
Most guest dance teacher will only take cash so to avoid embarrassment and running to an ATM after your lesson, bring the right money with you. Also, guest dance teachers may charge a bit more than your regular teacher.
Discuss the lesson with your coach first
Going to guest teachers may be a great thing. Make sure you speak to your coach about it first. They can help you plan it and explain whether it’s what you actually need at that moment in time. Don’t ever try to hide it as it’s a very small world.
Have a list of questions in mind
You don’t have very much time, so to get the most out of your lesson, bring a piece of paper with specific questions. Your regular teacher could help you prepare that.
Don’t just turn up as blank canvas
If the guest teacher doesn’t know you, they will give you lots to work on, but that may not be in line with what your coach is trying to do at the moment. It should all be connected.
Not only are you representing yourself, but also your coach! So you should wear your full practice gear and have a “professional” look.
Warm up properly
Spending 20 mins of your valuable lesson to get your legs moving, is NOT time and money well spent!
Focus on the dance you’re not good at
The point of a lesson is to do something you’re not good at so instead of doing another lot of Rumba walks or Slow Waltz, why not focus on Jive or Quickstep?
Let the teacher do the talking
Time is precious so the only way for you to learn something new, is by listening rather than repeating what you already know.
At the end of the lesson ask for specific exercises
Be clear with what to take away from the lesson. If you don’t understand it, say it and ask for homework!
Write down all the information so you can discuss it with your coach afterwards
Let your coach know how the lesson went so he can implement the information into your practice. Once again, what you learn from a guest teacher, should follow the plan from your coach!
Most of these points are just common sense but it’s surprising how many people don’t follow them. I love taking lessons with guest teachers, for inspiration, different point of view and opinion, and so should you. Just remember that there’s time for everything so make sure that you have a good plan in place for your dancing with your coach first!
Is there anything else you do before dance lessons with a guest teacher? Comment below.
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