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Contemplating your first dance lesson might make you feel nervous, but with a little preparation, you can step through a dance studio’s front door with confidence.

If you just signed up for dance lessons, congratulations! You’re taking a big step toward better fitness while learning a new skill and building lasting friendships. Contemplating your first dance lesson might make you feel nervous, but with a little preparation, you can step through a dance studio’s front door with confidence.

  • Research different dance styles. To prevent wasting you or your teacher’s time, learn more about different types of dance before you sign up for classes. Decide what looks the most interesting to you and involves moves you’re most excited about emulating. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of choosing a style that incorporates the type of music you like. You’ll be glad you did during the hours-long process of learning the choreography to a new dance.
  • Remember, everyone has a first day. When you walk around the dance studio and glimpse the jazz competition team or level 4 ballet students practicing on pointe shoes, remember – these experienced dancers started at ground zero, just like you are. You might feel self-conscious walking in the front door for the first time, but most dancers are eager to welcome newcomers to their favorite hobby. Introduce yourself to everyone so you meld with your class as quickly as possible.
  • Find out what to wear. Most students who take classes at a dance school have a “uniform” that involves a leotard, tights and shoes specific to their dance style. You’re not expected to go out and buy these things just yet. For your first dance lesson, plan on wearing clothes you can move comfortably in, like a loose t-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes. You can learn more about your class’s uniform later.
  • Watch beginner dance videos. Hop on YouTube and search “beginning [dance style] class.” Watch a few videos and try out some moves to help you feel comfortable with them. When you recognize some of the things from the videos at your first dance lesson, you’ll get a big confidence boost.
  • Be prepared to push yourself. Dancing is about getting your body to move in ways you’ve never tried before. While your dance instructor will never demand that you perform overly difficult moves, you should always be willing to try new things, even if you feel silly or awkward on your first attempt. If you don’t push yourself, how will you ever improve?

If you’re thinking about signing up for dance lessons, now is a great time! Dance Academy USA offers classes in a wide variety of dance styles for students of all ages and experience levels. We would love for you to become part of the DAU family! To learn more, or to register for classes, please call us at (408) 257-3211 or email us at officeteam@danceacademyusa.com.

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