Dance classes can be a great way to exercise, have fun, and learn new skills. However, if you have never taken a dance class before, it can be intimidating to know where to start. Here are seven tips to prepare you and your dancer for their first dance class:
Dress appropriately: Make sure to check out the class attire for the specific class that your dancer has. If you are unsure of what your dancer needs to wear, check with their class instructors ahead of time. TCRDA class attire can be found here.
Arrive early: Arriving between 10-15 mins before the class begins will give you and your dancer plenty of time to get acquainted with the studio and the other students. Arriving early will also allow your dancer enough time to go to the bathroom and/or stretch and warm up before the class begins.
Leave the audience at home. The first class is scary enough. Day one is not the day to bring the entire fan club. Please limit observers to one parent per child for dancers 6 and below. We encourage older dancers to be independent, say good-bye at the door.
Stay hydrated: Dancing can be a rigorous workout, so it's important that your dancer stay hydrated before, during, and after class. Bring a water bottle with you and take sips as needed throughout the class.
Be Encouraging: Remember that everyone in the class is there to learn and improve. Remind your dancer that it is okay to ask questions and/or make mistakes. Encourage them to be open to trying new things and learning from their instructor and peers. More importantly, don't forget to love up on your dancers before and after class to help ease the nerves and show your support, even if dance isn't really your thing.
Stay in the Loop: We’ll do everything we can to make sure you know what’s happening in the studio. Check BAND, Facebook, Instagram, read your emails, call us, email us and/or text us with questions. The Parent Portal and website can be great resources as well. We are here to help you feel at home, and we know that when you feel comfortable, your child will too.
Have fun: Dance classes are meant to be enjoyable, so don't take yourself too seriously. Relax, let loose, and have fun! Remember that it takes time and practice to improve, so be patient with your dancer and enjoy the journey.
Can't wait to see you in the studio!