The Do’s and Don’ts of Dance Class Etiquette!

The tradition of dance class etiquette is a long one, and at it’s core is about the trust and respect the student has for the teacher!  Here’s a list of the do’s and don’ts of dance class etiquette!

Don’t

  • Talk while the teacher is talking
  • Turn your back to the teacher or other students
  • Cross your arms, or stand with your hands on your hips while listening to the teacher.  Whether intended or not, this conveys an attitude of disrespect.
  • Talk in between exercises
  • Leave the dance floor during warm up or barre to get water or remove layers.  Wait until a break instead, or keep your water next to you at the barre for a quick sip between exercises.

Do

  • Listen carefully with your arms behind your back or by your sides
  • Watch and support each classmate as they dance (quietly!)
  • Turn off your phone and remove jewelry before class
  • Follow instructions quickly
  • Dress appropriately for class-but please remember now that the weather is colder you MUST wear layers over your dance clothes while outside to avoid injury-even if you are warm after dance class!
  • Enter the studio on time, with your shoes already on and hair already done, and go straight to the beginning of class (standing on a number  or at the barre, etc)
  • Tell your teacher at the beginning of class if you need to be dismissed early
  • Thank your teacher, assistant teacher, and accompanist (if applicable) at the end of the class with a “thank you” and a curtsey or bow.

 

What do you think ensures a calm, fun dance class experience for everyone?  We’d love to hear from you!

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I decided to start this blog to share ideas, fun articles and thoughts about this crazy life we lead as dancers!  So to start, let’s talk about what it means to be a dancer!

To me being a dancer means being strong, graceful and disciplined.  I find that dancers have to be very independent-we have to learn to correct ourselves and be very self-motivated. Dancers are also very creative and passionate, and being a dancer means working collaboratively with others.  A healthy love of glitter and tulle doesn’t hurt either 🙂

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