DANCE CLASS ETIQUETTE by [name removed]
These rules are not only for studio dance class use but also for workshops and classes around the world. These rules are innate to all dance forms. Rules are expected in mainstream dance where teachers demand and get respect. Furthermore all students benefit by dance classroom protocol.
1. Show respect for the teacher.
In Eastern disciplines such as martial arts and yoga, the teacher is revered, worshipped, and given great loyalty and respect. Teachers have worked long and hard and made many sacrifices to master their arts. Many have dedicated their lives to dance.
2. Be on time.
There is no excuse for being late. It disrupts other students and the teacher when someone arrives 10 minutes late. You forego essential warm up stretches. Try to be there early if possible. Also try not to miss classes as this also disrupts the flow of the work and leaves you missing work. Which means things have to be repeated.
3. Position yourself relative to your dance expertise.
European dance students begin their studies at the back and earn their position in the front. If you feel confident that you will catch on quickly and perform movements accurately, try to get a position up front. However, if you are a beginning student or do not grab the moves quickly then stay to the back of the room where you will have more advanced students to follow.
4. Wear Suitable Attire.
Do not wear costuming to class. This is very inappropriate. Beginner students have a tendency to do this. Save your sequins, etc., for performances. Costumes are made to perform in not take class in. Check to see what is appropriate for your style of dance class.
5. Keep Talking and Giggling to a Minimum.
Part of the fun of dance class is the interaction with others but there are limits. Don’t chat incessantly. Keep your attention focused on the teacher. If you have a question ask the teacher.
6. Avoid Being a Know It All.
By all means never openly challenge a teacher’s expertise.
7. Take Notes When Sitting Out.
Do not wander in and out of the class space while a teacher is teaching. If for some reason you cannot continue, quietly apologize and go the side. Take notes. Do not talk! Do not shop! If you go back to participating in the class go to the back and quietly resume.
8. Let the teacher teach.
You should under no circumstances voice an opinion in a class. Try to focus on how this teacher can expand your dance horizons. Do not compare openly to other teachers. Do not complain about how a movement is presented or that it is too difficult or too easy.
9. Pay Attention.
Whether it be a demonstration or a verbal instruction. You are paying for a class and so are others. Make sure you and others get their money’s worth. In addition you will benefit in the long run. Be a good participator and a good sport. You are in class to learn and to be taught.
10. Be Open Minded.
You will benefit by learning all you can about the given subject.