Dance is a passion, hobby, art, and physical exercise for the Indian population. Every Indian living in India & abroad has inherited a dancer from their ancestors. You will see numerous dance forms performed by individuals and taught in dance classes, such as classical, semi-classical, folk, freestyle, and more.
The classical dance forms reflect several rich cultures of our country. You will find a dance class in almost every neighbourhood teaching various dance forms from beginner to intermediate to advanced level.
You might have experienced this as a dancer that despite giving hours to practice, putting in effort, showing grit & determination, and staying patient, you are not getting the desired outcome.
You would have witnessed that professional and experienced dancers have astonishing qualities, such as graceful moves, coordination with their partner and team, confidence, and expressions.
In this blog, we will walk you through proven-effective tips on how to get the best learning out of a Dance Class.
Tips for Getting the Best Learning out of a Dance Class
The foremost thing you should avoid doing is “Overthinking”, which will divert your mind from dance steps and won’t let you bring out the best dancer inside you.
Dancers often ruin their dance choreography and move by thinking about how they will look, whether people will judge if they do that particular step, and self-doubting whether they can pull off the dance choreography taught to them.
We recommend always keeping such thoughts aside, and you should take a deep breath, relax, and then execute your dancing steps which will undoubtedly bring the best out of you.
You will see yourself performing confidently, gracefully, and naturally by unwrapping the skilled dancer inside you.
Use your Senses Meticulously
Another tip you should execute in your dancing is paying meticulous attention to the dance steps taught in dance classes. If you will notice experienced & advanced-level dancers, they punctiliously use their senses, especially their eyes & ears, to digest the choreography and store it in their brain memory and practice those moves daily to master them.
According to a study, humans learn 10% by hearing, 20% by reading, and 80% by visual pathways (seeing). Hence, pay attention to detail by using your eyes to visualise the choreography for becoming a proficient dancer and getting the best out of a dance class.
The more you will see dance class videos and observe your tutor’s body movements & gestures during choreography, the faster you will learn.
Observe and Learn from your Colleagues
Some dancers have tremendous grasping power to learn new dance steps swiftly. You would have experienced in your dance class that some of your colleagues are learning faster than you and other students.
It is highly recommended to take regular advice, feedback, and suggestions from your senior dancers and teammates to enhance your dancing skills and build strong networks and connections, thereby helping you get the intended outcomes of a dance class.
Another chief element to consider and execute in your dance class is taking ownership of standing in the middle of the group while dancing to instil confidence inside you and learn leadership qualities & skills.
Dancers who actively participate & take authority in dance classes become the finest leaders, coaches, and tutors.
So whenever you get a chance to stand in the centre of your team to perform dance steps, you should not shy away from it so that others might judge you and you will be captured on camera.
Stay relaxed & calm, which will help you to execute dance moves gracefully and confidently.
Dressing Style and Tied/Fixed Hair
Dancers tend to check out themselves in front of the giant mirror while dance practice apart from observing & reviewing their dance steps. Dancers always spend time & effort to stand out from the rest by up-modernising their dance styles and fixing their hair properly.
The confidence level of every individual, including dancers, is bolstered whenever they are dressed up nicely and magnificently. It naturally brings out the best of them because they feel confident, reflected in your dance steps and moves.
Keeping your hair tied/fixed will keep you focused as scalp hair falling on your face and covering your eyes are a disappointing distraction for any dancer. We recommend implementing this small & valuable tip to get the best out of a dance class.
Constructive Criticism and Practising Outside
One of the most crucial tips to get the best out of a dance class is to pay careful attention to the Constructive Criticism you receive and seek from your dance tutors, seniors, and choreographers. It is necessary for every dancer who wishes to raise their level from beginner to intermediate and medial to advanced level.
Constructive Criticism is focused on enhancing your dance moves and taking you to newer heights. The ones who take this advice & suggestions seriously and implement the valuable Criticism have attained astounding outcomes.
“Practice makes a human being perfect.” Following this quote is essential for dancers who wish to get the best out of their dance classes. Practising outside (at home) what you learnt in your dance class is pivotal. Regularly practising additional hours outside classes will take you to the next level.
After reading the blog, you will be enriched with the information to elevate your dancing level and skillsets. Implementing the tips provided in the blog will fetch you outstanding results. If you are looking to showcase your dance skills in front of an International audience, you should participate in India’s International Groovefest (IIGF).
To date, IIGF has organised four seasons, and we have given golden opportunities and served as a bridge for dancers between their dreams & aspirations. IIGF has provided countless dancers critical acclaim, exposure to International platforms, and chances to excel in their dancing careers.
IIGF is back with its fifth season, for which online auditions have already started. You can participate in IIGF 2023 by sending us your dance video and following the entry process. The Finale and Grand Finale will be held in Sri Lanka on the 18th and 19th of November, 2023.