After some years of taking classes, just showing up in the studio, doing just steps without thinking about what you actually want to improve, . . can just slow down your progress.
It is always good to be aware and to know what you want and how to take the most of the class. We gathered some advices from teachers that inspire us, some advices are coming from our experience, and some are inspired by “social media”, . . . we hope that this suggestions will give you some new ideas how to improve yourself. 😉
1. LOOK YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR
You don’t need to wait for your teacher to give you feedback. We, dancers, can be happy to have almost always mirror in front of us. It is there, use it, watch yourself what you are doing, compare yourself with others and don’t forget to perform to yourself.
2. FIND YOUR STORY – DANCE INSIDE OUT – KNOW THAT YOU ARE ENOUGH
Check inside look of Galen Hooks dance class when she explains how important is to be you, to dance your story, . . you can see how beautiful dance can come from the true, pure connection between song and your story.
3. WHEN YOU DON’T LIKE A CHOREOGRAPHY OR SONG
. . . imagine that you are on a stage? What would you do? Make the most of it. It is normal that you can’t like every song or choreography you dance in dance classes, but you are in studio, you probably paid for the class – so make the most of it! Try to imagine yourself with this song on a stage. At the end of it, great dancers can also make “bad” choreography look good.
4. YOUR CLOTHES CAN NOT RULE YOU
We are always trying to dance in clothes that we feel comfortable in . . . but clothes can’t rule you. Sometimes it’s good to put yourself in different clothes. Usually we can’t choose our costumes for the stage. Prepare yourself for this. 🙂 So if you are not used to dance in shorts – try it!
5. DON’T ALWAYS DO VIDEOS OF CLASS AND DO VIDEOS
It is good to see yourself what you are doing – so make a video of rehearsal or performance and analyze it. In other hand, it is not everything about videos and being perfect – some moments are there to enjoy in them, so make those moments in dance room just yours and without pressure of the camera.
6. WRITE IT DOWN AFTER CLASS
When you are taking more intensive classes, like for example on dance camps, where you take more than 15 classes just in few days, you get a lot of informations and many important advices that could easily be lost in your memory. Write those advices down to your notebook . . . after some time you will be happy that you written down all the those advices, tricks and exercises.
7. PUT INTENTIONS INTO MOVES – DON’T DO JUST STEPS
Similar to Galen Hooks, here is Dana Foglia, the teacher of many wise advices . . . listen to her:
8. DON’T JUDGE – MAKE A SAFE AND GOOD ENERGY FOR YOU AND OTHERS – BE INDIVIDUAL
Dance studios, schools should be dancers safe place where we can make mistakes, grow and express ourselves. Usually we are on different level of dancing, have different dance skills, have a different goals and path. . . respect that, use that, and support others to feel the emotions of music and moves. Share your story and listen and love stories of others. This will put everybody to other level of dancing, and those moments can be magical.
Listen to Janelle words in the beginning and in the end of her class:
If you have any other suggestions, advices, let us know . . . we would be more than happy to hear about them. 😉