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)
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).
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.
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!