How do you choose the right dance studio or instructor?
This is the big one – with so many dance studios and instructors available, how do you choose the right studio? It's important to find a class that you enjoy.
Dance is about feeling comfortable and being able to express yourself. A good teacher will help you feel at ease and allow you to move freely.
A good place to start is by looking for dance classes in your local area. What's convenient? By entering your postcode in to the NearYou iPhone App, you'll be able to view all of the local dance instructors. Are they on Public transport routes? Is there somewhere to park your car?
Once you know the dance classes near you, you can begin to look at what offers are available to beginners. Often Dance studios will give trial lessons or discounts to new students. It is also important to look at the qualifications of the teachers. Make sure they're qualified to teach you in the areas you've interested in. Whether it's for fitness purposes or you're interested in the more technical side of dancing.
What should you wear to a dance class?
This largely depends on the style of dance you're going to do. If you're just going to a local zumba dance class for example, shorts or leggings and a t-shirt are absolutely fine. Some dance classes require a uniform however, for example Ballet. In these situations it is always best to consult with your teacher before the class.
What styles of Dance are best for beginners?
Now this depends on a lot of different factors! What are you trying to achieve? What is your goal from attending dance classes?
If you're looking to improve your physical fitness, a lot of dance studios now offer dance fitness classes. These classes are similar to Zumba and often include loud music and energetic dance routines. If this doesn't suit you, a great alternative is to find a local salsa class. Salsa requires a lot of energy and is physically tiring, but you will notice the benefits!
For children there are a few different options. When beginning dance classes, most children choose to find a local ballet class or street/break dancing class. There are other options out there however, we have seen a large increase in children's ballroom dance classes!
On Dance Near You, we can see that searches for seniors ballroom classes are very popular. They are a great opportunity to get out the house and meet new people. The advantages of attending a seniors ballroom class is that the classes move at a slightly slower pace, to include those who have less mobility. Although, if you want to attend something a bit more energetic then don't let us hold you back! There are lots of options out there.
How can I find a local dance class?
To find a dance studio in your local area, all you need to do is visit Dance Near You. Here you will be able to view all of the dance classes in your local neighbourhood. All you need to do is search using your post code and explore the profiles of the dance teachers near you.
Once you have found a class that suits you, all you need to do is click the contact button. Or, if you'd like to reserve your spot just use NearYou pay and book yourself in there and then!