For those with little to no experience dancing, attending a dance class for the first time can no doubt be a little intimidating. How are you supposed to move your feet? What should you wear? What if you look silly as you dance? These are only a few examples of the myriad of questions that can flood a first-timer’s head. Fear not, because our adult dance instructors here at Modern Ballroom Dance Studio are here to assuage these concerns.
Try Something New: Take A Dance Class For Adults!
When it comes down to it, life is short. Who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow, or even an hour from now? Nothing in life is guaranteed, and that’s why our adult dance instructors in Woodbridge believe that you should seize the moment and put forth your feet at one of our friendly and easy approachable adult dance classes. The last thing you want is to miss the opportunity and wonder what taking a dance class is like, right?
Here are some basic pointers that we like our first-timers to keep in mind when they visit us.
Wear Something Comfortable And Easy To Move Around In
We cannot stress this point enough. In order to feel comfortable at our dance studio in Woodbridge, it’s important to dress comfortably before you’ve even headed out the door.
Remember, unless you’re dancing at a wedding, you don’t have to worry about looking formal at all. If anything, gym clothing is going to feel and function much better when you’re dancing and moving around. Avoid loose, baggy clothing and try to wear something with a sweat-wicking material.
Keep Your Footwear In Mind
What’s on your feet is even more important than what’s on the rest of your body. Keep your open-toed shoes and sandals at home because these types of footwear are distinct tripping hazards. Lightly-cushioned, comfortable footwear designed to move around in is ideal for most of our dance classes, especially for beginners.
What You Should Bring
In all honesty, you don’t need to bring much on your person for just about any of our adult dance classes. Besides proper clothing and shoes, the most important thing to bring is…you! If you’d like, bring a water bottle to help stay hydrated as you’ll likely break a sweat dancing in a room with other people. A little liquid courage never hurts to bring, either!
The most important thing that you can bring to the dancefloor is an open mind and a fun attitude.
Show Up In Good Health
If you’ve been feeling a little under the weather in the days preceding one of our adult dance classes, do what you can to boost your immune system. Briskly moving around in a hot room full of other people (whilst consuming adult beverages) may be a lot of fun, but it’s also a surefire way to make your cold a lot worse. Plus, you’ll be subjecting others to your cold or cough if you show up in that condition.
Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Up And Ask Questions
You came here to have a good time and learn how to dance (okay, maybe your significant other forcibly dragged you along), so take advantage of your position as a student. This isn’t a lecture hall with hundreds of confused college students; it’s a small, approachable environment conducive to learning and fun. Just like your body, you’ll want to loosen up your mind and be open to instruction, feedback, and pointers about your technique.
Questions about a particular dance? Just ask! It’s our job and our pleasure to talk about all things dance-related.
Bring An Open Mind
If you’re not used to dancing in front of others, then you’re probably going to be pushed (or rather, elegantly shuffled) outside of your comfort zone. Don’t worry! First off, know what you’re not alone. Every dancer was a first-timer at some point, and chances are, you’re not the only one who’s brand new to Modern Ballroom Dance Studio.
Even if you feel like you look silly to us or other dance goers, relinquish your self-conscience for an evening and just try to let loose and have a good time. Trust us; most people that take our adult dance classes are more invested in their own movements than yours.
Get Fluid And Moving
Perfection is not a realistic expectation or even desire for a beginner’s dance class. Don’t get too hung up on technique or the exact angle that your arm should swing. This will have you looking like a robot; natural, comfortable dancing shouldn’t be overly controlled or mechanical. As long as you’re freely moving with a smile on your face, that’s what truly matters!
Protip: move your feet. If your arms and upper body are moving and shaking but your feet are more or less planted to the floor, this prevents your body from freely dancing.
Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Bumping into another couple isn’t a big deal and hey, it happens, but it’s also a good idea to be considerate of others around you. Sure, you can focus on your own dance movements, but we recommend exercising a little spatial awareness to avoid any unwanted collisions.