Dance classes are becoming more popular and diverse as people want to explore more cultures and develop new skills.
Dance is a great form of expression and is a great way to meet new people or have a laugh with friends. Remember to let go and not to worry if you can’t remember dance moves straight away, learning to dance is a gradual process.
Classes may be daunting at first if you are going by yourself but remember that if you are going to a beginner’s class everyone will be in the same situation as you.
Beginner’s classes start with simple routines that develop throughout the weeks and are often repeated so it’s easy enough to catch up if you miss a few sessions.
Always pick classes that are within your ability, don’t think you can catch up in an intermediate class when you’ve never tried it before as it may discourage you from going back.
Most classes will begin with a 15 minute warm up to help you relax and unwind but try and relax a little before you go too. Always bring a bottle of water as classes can heat up very quickly and make sure you have the right footwear that is comfortable.
If you feel uncomfortable or a unfamiliar with techniques being used ask the teacher for a private chat after the class or at the beginning of the next one if possible.
Although practicing at home unsupervised is not usually recommended, stretching everyday helps to relax muscles and relieve strain. Also remember to inform the teacher if you have any medical condition that may be affected by exercise or movement.
Where to find my nearest dance class?
Dance classes are offered by private teachers and by your local authority leisure service (check your local authority website) or dance centres in your area.
To find a private dance teacher or CDET recognised school in your area, you could also try searching the Council for Dance Education and Training website. Just go to the "find your nearest CDET school" section.
There are four dance centres in Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee) that offer a wide range of dance classes for all ages and abilities to the general public. They also often have more information about other dance classes and dance teachers in your area and noticeboards full of information for dance professionals.
Aberdeen - Citymoves website Phone: 01224 611486
Edinburgh - Dance Base website Phone: 0131 225 5525
Glasgow - Dance House website Phone: 0141 552 2442
Dundee - Scottish Dance Theatre website Phone: 01382 342 600
Top ten dance class tips!
- Take a bottle of water to class
- Make sure you have something light to eat before your class
- Make sure you choose a class that suits your ability, don’t be too ambitious
- If you feel nervous about trying something new, bring a friend
- Wear something that you can move around comfortably in
- Make sure your foot wear is comfortable and ‘break in’ your shoes a few days before the class to prevent injury
- Ask your instructor where is best to get certain types of equipment such as shoes, clothing or props
- Do not get disheartened if your first few classes do not go well, you will pick up the routines with practice
- Always make sure you take a break if you need too and let the instructor know if you are feeling tired
- Smile and enjoy the freedom of expressing yourself through music.
- Don’t take the class too seriously!