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!
- 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.
- 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!