Class Etiquette

What to Wear
You’re coming to the studio to dance and learn, so it’s best to wear form-fitting exercise clothing that you’re comfortable sweating in.

  • Sports bra, crop top, tank top, t-shirt, or leotard.
  • Leggings, fitted shorts, or dance tights.
  • Light-weight layers that can be removed after warmup are welcome.
  • Barefoot, FootUndeez, half-sole turners, or ballet slippers.
  • Hair should be secured away from the face and neck.

You can show your belly, or not – that is your choice.  Coin belts and hip scarves are not required (but can be fun).

 

What to Bring
Bring yourself with an open mind, and leave the stress/drama of your day at the door. You can also consider:

  • Water bottle and light snack
  • Notebook and pen
  • Finger cymbals (if required for your class)
  • Veil (if required for your class)

 

Before Class
Getting to class is half the battle. Dedicate yourself to your practise.

  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before class to settle your mind, prepare yourself, and meet your fellow dancers.
  • Warm up and do some light stretching.
  • Drink water and have a light snack (avoid heavy meals immediately before class).

 

During Class
Class is time for yourself. Be present, and set yourself up for success.

  • Have fun! This is a time when you get to embrace your individuality and be your favourite self.
  • Keep an open mind and heart.
  • Allow yourself to fail and make mistakes. Perfection is not the goal, and every moment is a good moment to learn more.
  • Be kind to yourself, and meet yourself where you are mentally and physically each day.
  • Be your own advocate for your wellbeing.
  • Encourage your fellow dancers.
  • Never say “I can’t…” unless it’s followed by “…yet!”

To get the most out of your time in the studio:

  • Be an engaged listener and learner (do ask questions, but keeping chatting to a minimum).
  • Apply corrections and feedback given by your teacher. Sometimes this can be challenging to do, but it will come with focus and dedication.
  • Practise your steps in your own time, unprompted.
  • Try to maintain good posture, even between exercises and drills.
  • Be considerate with personal space, and rotate through different rows (front, middle, back, etc) each class.
  • If you have to leave class, please do so after the music stops.

 

After Class
Class isn’t just a one-hour adventure, continue your learning throughout the week.

  • Cool down and do some deep stretching.
  • Drink water.
  • Visit your class page for each weeks reading, listening, and watching material.
  • Review your movements, drills, and choreography from class. Even 5 minutes is better than no minutes.
  • Tip: you can do covert isolations while doing mundane things, like in line at the grocery store, doing the dishes, or filling up your coffee mug on your work breaks!