Dance lessons are a great way to get your body moving and burn calories. Plus, dancing can make you feel great by releasing those happy hormones! So whether you need to unwind after a bad day or just want to have fun, dance is the perfect activity for you.
The structure of a dance lesson can vary greatly depending on the style of dancing and age of students, but most lessons start with an opening ritual and a warm-up. Teachers then teach the day’s skills, often beginning with a concept or skill students already have knowledge of and building on that foundation. Then, they link that knowledge to new concepts and skills, incorporating them into different combinations throughout the class.
When a choreographer is working on a group routine, she may call out a select group to perform while the rest of the class watches. This can be scary, but it’s also an important part of a dancer’s growth. If a student isn’t confident in her ability to perform the routine with her peers, she may fall behind and not return to class. Taking a private lesson can help a student build her confidence and prepare for recitals so that she can shine on stage!
When choosing a dance studio, parents should look for an experienced, patient, organized teacher who is able to control the class and keep it engaging for all students. The music and dance routines should also be age-appropriate. It’s easy to find videos on the internet of small kids performing adult-themed dance routines, so be sure to talk with your child’s teacher if you think the music or movements are inappropriate.