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What You Need to Know When Starting Dance Lessons

By Maria, published on 13/09/2019 Blog > Arts and Hobbies > Dance > A Guide to Finding Dance Classes

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Martha Graham

Dancing is more than moving around to the sound of some tunes, it is a creative form of expression that has hundreds of benefits. The art of dance is not only great exercise but also trains your motor skills and helps your body to feel young and stress-free.

Hitting the dance floor can also be inspiring and a creative way of expressing your emotions.

By becoming a dancer you open your eyes to a world of creativity and musicality! You don’t have to have started at 5 years old to be able to take dance lessons now. Starting to dance at any age is beneficial. There are dance classes available for every level of dance experience.

There are thousands of dance lesson opportunities throughout the US, varying in locations, pricing, and dance styles. All you need to do to get started is to decide what kind of dance would you like to learn?

Tango, salsa, ballet, or hip hop? What is your preference?

Whether online or in-person, you can find the right dance class for you! There are a variety of options for everything from private lessons to group classes, all available for you to try at a dance studio or even in your home.

Where to Find Dance Classes

Dance classes can be found at local dance studios, in community art centers, by private dance teachers, and even online. Where ever you look, you’ll be sure to find a dance class just for you.

Local dance studios are the easiest place to look for dance classes but if you are on a budget or time crunch, there are options for you as well. Cultural centers will at times have traditional dance classes for free, making this a budget-friendly decision.

Looking for online video courses might also be a good option if you do not have time to go to a studio. With a video call class, you can practice right at home.

traditional Mexican dance There are foreign cultural centers that offer traditional dance classes. (Photo by Cesira Alvarado on Unsplash)

A quick Google search of “dance classes in my area” will bring up plenty of results, but it is important to know how to narrow down your options. Here are a couple of items to keep in mind when selecting a class to take:

  • Make sure the dance school you choose has your preferred type of dance
  • Consider the availability of both choreographers and dance tutors for dance instruction
  • Look over the class schedule 
  • Budget and location of classes are important. You won’t feel motivated to go if the class is too far or too expensive
  • Register for a class that fits your experience level. Ask what skill levels they teach in their adult classes.

Find out more about where and how to select the best dance classes for your needs.

How to Find a Dance Tutor

Finding dance classes and teachers is easy, usually just takes a Google search. But when you are looking to find just the ideal teacher you are going to need to put a little more effort into investigating your options. Good thing we have a list of questions you should ask and what to keep in mind when selecting a dance teacher.

dance education books Make sure that your dance tutor has a reliable education in dance. (Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash)

Dance teachers are not all created equal. Because there is no standardized certification for being a dance teacher, it is important that you delve deeply into the experience level and reviews of anyone that you would like to take classes with.

Make sure to look at the following factors:

  • certification and experience level
  • reviews of their courses online
  • respect for your needs and time
  • a fair price
  • their teaching methods
  • a positive and kinds attitude
  • patience and understanding of your skill level.

There is plenty of information out there to help you choose the right dance tutor.

You will be investing both time and money into the dance classes you decide to take, so it is important to know exactly what you are going to be signing up for.

Take advantage of the instructors and dance academies that offer free introductory courses to try out.

How Much Does a Dance Class Cost?

The average cost for a dance class varies greatly between location and the type of class you are taking. There are several factors that go into the pricing of a class.

cost of dance classes Make sure to keep in mind a budget for your dance classes. (Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash)

The price of dance classes might also vary depending on the size of the class. Will you be taking private dance lessons or group lessons? In addition, in even the simplest dance styles you will need dance shoes, comfortable clothing, and eventually a budget for costumes in case of a recital. 

Dance fitness classes are a great investment in your health and overall well being.

Dancing has so many benefits to it that class payments seem small in comparison to all of the positive aspects you will be receiving if you participate in a dance program.

Think about how much you would pay for confidence, for toned muscles, for stress-relief? All of this can be included in a couple of dance classes.

Why Take Dance Classes?

Do you want to improve your dance technique? Do you want to learn a different style of dance? Do you want to get fit? Or do you want to not look awkward during your first wedding dance?

There are many reasons why people choose to hire dance tutors. Each reason quite different from the other, but they all come down to how beneficial a dance lesson can be.

The top reason for looking into dance schools is to learn a specific kind of dance. Because dance as an art form, it has been adapted everywhere in the world; there are hundreds of sub-categories for types of dance:

  • Latin dance which includes bachata, tango, and salsa
  • Social Dance that includes ballroom dancing, lindy hop, foxtrot, etc.
  • Modern dance
  • Jazz dance
  • Ballet, both classical ballet, and contemporary ballet
  • Tap dance
  • Hip Hop dance.

Reasons to Learn to Dance

Taking dance classes can be extremely beneficial for your body and mind. Dance classes are an opportunity to let go of the stress of the day and focus just for a small amount of time, solely on you. A moment for you to think about you and your body.

In addition to these reasons, there are plenty of other reasons why people choose to join a dance center or sign up for adult dance classes. No matter the reason, there will always be dedicated dance tutors waiting to help you achieve your dance dreams! 

dance performance Dance can serve as a form of self-expression and fun. (Photo by Lucas law on Unsplash)

Here are tops reasons why people learn how to dance:

  1. To get in shape;
  2. Increase confidence;
  3. For a community;
  4. Reduce stress;
  5. Tone muscles;
  6. Improve memory;
  7. Have fun;
  8. Communicate differently;
  9. Increase social interaction;
  10. Learn different styles of dance.

If you want to work on your choreography or even perfect your dance techniques for musical theatre, there are classes dedicated to every goal.

There are so many reasons why you should learn to dance. Find your perfection motivation!

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