How to Find the Right Dance Instructor For You
There are so many options available to us as dancers now, that it’s hard to figure out what classes and teachers are truly a good fit. You can pretty much find a class for anything and any style nowadays, especially online, and this increased accessibility has made it even harder for students to make a decision and get started. With so many teachers to choose from, how do you figure out what works best for you?
Define your goals
Before you go looking for a dance teacher, take the time to really hone in on what you’re looking for in your next dance class. Do you want to just attend a fun workshop every week as a hobby, do you want to explore a new style, or do you really want to master technique in a style you’re already familiar with? What you’ll need from a dance teacher in each of those scenarios is very different, and it will help you narrow down your search.
Ask your network
Once you’ve defined your goals, the next step is to do your research! If you have friends who take dance classes, ask them about their experiences! Ask them not just who they like learning from but why. They might love someone because of a specific style of choreography, or because of their high energy, but that person might speed through their choreography at a level that’s hard for you to keep up with. If you don’t have a network of dancers, you can always use the wonderful world of social media. Put out a call on your Facebook or Instagram for recommendations, and check out sites like Yelp to see what others have to say about local classes. Most choreographers also upload dance videos and some tutorials now, and that’s another excellent way to study their style and see if it’s a good fit for you!
Take a trial class before committing
Shop around a bit before committing to a series of classes, especially if there’s a lot of money on the line! Everything from the studio space, the energy of the teacher, and the music they choose can impact how interested and engaged you are in a class. The more engaged you are, the more committed to learning and improving you will be. As you hop between classes, make sure to take notes and be hyper-aware of how you feel in each class. Immediately after trying a new class, quickly jot down what worked and didn’t work for you. If you have a question, don’t be too shy to ask the choreographer! More often than not you’ll find that they’re more than willing to help and connect with a new student.