Dance lesson can be a great way to build self-esteem, social skills and a positive self-image. But it can also be difficult to get students to focus on the lesson and learn.
Here are a few tips to help you create a successful dance class.
Act 1: Your first impression
The first thing you can do to make a good first impression is make sure your class is a welcoming environment where dancers of all experience levels feel comfortable. Use warm-ups, stretches, and other physical exercises to create a feeling of comfort in the room and help students to focus on their dancing.
Act 2: Your teaching strategy
The way you teach a dance is the most important aspect of a successful lesson, so use it carefully. Try to make your teaching style appeal to a wide range of learning styles, including visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
Act 3: Your ending point
Your teaching strategy should have a clear ending, so that students know they’ve accomplished their goal and can move on to the next level of dance. You want them to leave your class feeling happy and satisfied with what they’ve learned.
The most effective teachers are those who care about their students’ success more than they do about boosting their own reputation. They’re generous with feedback, don’t push too hard on their students, and take the time to learn about their students’ personal dance styles.