What to expect from Dance Classes

What to Expect from Dance Classes   


Have you started taking up dancing? While dancing for beginners can be incredibly exciting and rewarding, it can also be challenging. This is where lessons come in handy! So, you’ve signed up for your first dance class or you’re just about ready to excellent! Whether you’re pursuing ballet, jazz, tap, or modern, here are some things to expect at your first lesson and tips to help you succeed as a dancer.

1. Be Open to Learning New Things 

Here we at the StuDance Lab we set core values that our entire studio follows. We believe in always doing our best you will not have any time to worry about what isn’t working out. During your first dance class, you need to focus on having fun. You’ll need to Be Open to Learning New Things, dancing for beginners entails a lot of new dance moves and terminology. This may be intimidating and uncomfortable at first as you are the new person in the class, but if you go in with an open mind and eagerness to learn, you’ll do great and have fun doing it. You shouldn’t go into your classes with the mindset that you’re not good enough, this will make the progress extremely difficult.  

Pro tip: Have fun and do your best! If you mess up, give yourself some grace and move forward. 

 2. Expect Fast-Paced Lessons

At The StuDance Lab, most of our dance class times range from 45 minutes to two hours. We offer classes for ages 3 – 18 years old. The dance class will likely be fast-paced, usually starting with a 15-20 warm-up, a simple workout to get your blood flowing. Classes listed as ballet will be the length of 2 hours mostly consisting of bar work, and center floor routines. 

At first, this may be overwhelming especially when dancing for beginners. However, if you prepare yourself for class and stay focused during the lesson, you should do just fine! 

If you’re taking private beginner dance lessons and you feel like it’s too fast, you can always ask your teacher to adjust the pace accordingly.  


 3. Set Personal Goals

When you’re learning any new skill, like dancing, it’s essential to set personal goals to keep you on track and in line for set goals with dance. When you finally meet your goals and have stayed consistent it also allows you to feel confident. Consider setting short and long-term goals to make your dance experience easier and more manageable. 

It’s especially important to set goals if you’re in a group class, as there will be dancers with all types of backgrounds. Try not to compare yourself and set your personal goals! Remember you are you and they are them. There is no reason to compete with everyone in your class.  

After taking your first class you can decide to get extra practice in a one-on-one private. This is where you can get the training needed to get yourself up to speed in the classes that you may have missed. In this private session, you can get with your teacher to help set goals for your dance experience. 


4. Know Your Fit

Know-Your-Fit, before you officially register for any membership at The StuDance LAB we encourage you to figure out which classes you’d like to attend. Know-Your-Fit refers to a week worth of trial classes that we offer. The trial classes will allow you to take as many classes in a week as you like until you find the one(s) that are perfect for you, your training, and your dance goals. It is very important to try as many classes at our studio, this will perfectly place in the right class level. It is important that you are in a class that fits your skill level but does not become too easy for you. At this point of the know-your-fit process, you need to put your trust in the teacher and studio to properly place you in the right class. 


While in class, you will start with exercises and a simple warm-up to get your blood flowing. After you will either go across the floor to work on your technique — Often called ‘grand allegro,’ in Ballet. This part of the class is where you work on bigger movements with a wider range of motion, including leaps, kicks, and jumps. Whichever style you choose, across the floor sections involves expansive, traveling movements designed to help you excel in the transition between the movement and working through your technique. After we have worked across the floor and applied verbal correction, most classes will move on to Choreography/combo. The last portion of the class is dedicated to learning a small routine or dance phrase. Your instructor will break it down into pieces also known as 8 counts. Sometimes movement by movement, (with or without musical counts) you will then get to dance and work on performance skills that emphasize memorization, style, and stage presence.  

Dance can be enjoyed in tons of casual ways – at parties, organized dances, or at home in front of the mirror with the lights turned down low. But when you take a class, you’ll need to be entirely focused on dance for 30 minutes to an hour (or more), and that takes trust, focus, and determination like with any other sport.  

While you take a dance class you have to take good care of your body to get the most out of your practice session. Eat a light, healthy meal an hour or two beforehand to give yourself energy. Drink lots of water before, during, and after class to stay hydrated. Warm up your body before class with simple exercises – this will help your muscles relax and prevent injuries and soreness later After class is over, refuel your body with a small snack (granola, smoothies, and fruit are all good options) and give your body time to rest. Please read our other blogs that talk about stretching, nutrition, and more.  

We hope these tips gave you a little more confidence about taking your first dance class here at The StuDance Lab.

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