Good adult dances classes are slim. Heck finding a good dance teacher is just as bad. A recent experience at a local dance studio, which remains nameless. (Alright, it was in Downtown Miami.) It left me feeling disgusted. It was beyond disappointing to see the lack of professionalism made by the instructor and management. It wasn't worth the $18.
The instructor had no etiquette and lacked experience. There was no introduction and led the class in an unsafe environment of movement. Radio blasting and never uttered a word. It was lifeless, no eye contact and little to no encouragement. Does he hate dance? Am I being punk'd? Okay a bit over dramatic. However, it's a valid argument.
Studios classes have risen in price. Some are over the standard $15. It's understandable. The economy has changed and the overall popularity of dance has grown. Thanks to Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and Smash (obsessed with the show.) However, studio managers, directors, owners please take note! Make owning a dance studio worthwhile to your public. Not because it's good business because it's owed to the love of dance. Below are simple etiquette rules to live by for both the instructor and student.
Introduce yourself. Whether you are a substitute or a regular dance teacher; nothing is more annoying than entering a class not knowing who is leading the class. Don't just start screaming 5, 6, 7, 8!
- Can’t Hear You
Must your speakers be louder than your voice? I get it. It's exciting when music is blaring. But here's the clincher; the class can't hear you. Try to have it a normal level. Then pump it up if need be.
- Quality Instruction
Correct your dancers. Placement! Let the students know when their shoulders are up, stomach is not engaged or legs are not turned out. They came to learn.
- Front Desk Reception
Smile. Welcome students to the studio. Ask them how they like or didn’t like their class. It's called good customer service, repeat business, a steady job and being polite.
Dress appropriate and comfortable. It's not a dance club in South Beach. Don’t dress to impress. Dress to dance. Depending on the dance discipline, make sure the attire is best to move in.
- Don't Hog Up Space
Use ‘windows’ to maintain your dance space. It's helpful to see your performance in the mirror. Let alone your fellow classmates.
Please don't have conversations while instructor is working. If needed take it outside.
- Arrive Early Enough To Warm-Up
Get to know your surroundings. It'll help to collect yourself and prepare for class.
For both the instructor and student:
Be courteous and most of all enthusiastic. Dance is just as good for the body as it is for the soul. Make new friends and discover a new community. That's what dance is all about!
Here’s the challenge: Name the best dance teachers in South Florida. Meaning great quality dance instruction. Please do tell.