So you’ve officially signed up for your first dance lesson…That’s so awesome! You’re going to have a great time, but you probably have a few questions. You may be wondering what to expect or what to bring with you. No worries! Many first-time students ask us questions about their first lesson, so luckily we’ve compiled a list of some of our most common questions and concerns you may have about your first dance lesson!
#1. “I don’t have any dance shoes or ‘dance clothes’. Should I go out and get some?”
Dance shoes are not necessary for your first lesson, so there’s no need to go out and buy some right away. If you decide to start taking lessons regularly, then we encourage buying a good pair of dance shoes. For your very first lesson, you are free to wear almost any type of shoe you’d like! The only kinds of shoes we wouldn’t recommend would be flip-flops, extra high heels, or gyms shoes that stick to the floor a lot. Besides those, any kind of shoe will be perfect to dance in!
As far as “dance clothes” go - you can just come in whatever feels comfortable for you, whether it be jeans or a dress. Each person is different!
#2. “What if I’ve never danced before?”
If you’ve never danced before that’s not a problem! You have to start from somewhere right? It’s also never too late to get started! Your instructor will work with you based on your current skill level, so you don’t need to have any previous dance knowledge before coming in. Whether you’ve got two left feet or three right feet, we’ve got your back. You’ll be dancing smoothly in no time!
#3. “How hard will I be dancing? Should I bring a water bottle?”
The steps you learn will not be too intense. However, depending on how much you are used to moving on your feet, you may feel like you’ve gotten a pretty fair workout by the end of the lesson. Think of how much you might normally dance at a social event; that amount of activity will probably be similar to the lesson!
As a dance studio, we always encourage good hydration for our students, so we do have water available. It’s not required for you to bring your own water bottle, but you can certainly bring one for your convenience!
#4. “I’m pretty nervous about my lesson. Will the other students judge me while I dance?”
Well it’s a good thing you didn’t sign up for a dance audition! A lot of people worry that others will judge them and criticize their dancing. The truth is that most of the other people in the room are too focused on their own dancing to notice what anyone else is up to. Everyone in the studio is there for the same reason – to learn to dance! So, if you’re feeling nervous about dancing in front of others, don’t worry about it because they are here to learn just like you! The dance floor is a 100% judgement-free zone!
If you’re still feeling a bit apprehensive, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to some of the other students and teachers. Everyone is super friendly and will make you feel more comfortable in no time!
#5. “Can I bring a partner to dance with me?”
Of course! If you have someone who you regularly want to dance with, bring them along and you can start your dance journey together!
#6. “What kind of dances will I learn?”
Your instructor will teach you some of the most popular social dances that are done at many weddings, parties, and other social gatherings. They will likely show you figures from Rumba, Hustle, or
even Swing! If you have a particular dance in mind that you would like to learn, let your instructor know and they can teach you.
#7. “If I really enjoyed my first lesson, how soon can I come back for more?”
Whenever you decide to come back is completely up to you! Most students take classes on a weekly basis, just to keep their skills consistent, but there are no set rules. You can come back as often as you’d like!
I hope this list helped to answer some of the questions you may have been wondering about. Hopefully you’re feeling a little more at ease! And always remember the most important thing for your first lesson: HAVE FUN!