There’s nothing like a good dance class. It can brighten up your day and make you feel amazing. In order for you and your classmates to get the most out of each class, there are basic class etiquette practices that should be followed.

Your whole mood can then be lifted, your body filled with endorphins and you will feel like you have accomplished something. Unfortunately, this experience can be spoilt if someone isn’t respectful of their fellow dancers.

 

Arrive on time. We all know life happens, so if you are going to be late let your class know.

It is somewhat disturbing to the whole class when you dash in after the class has started, it can also be detrimental to you. The warm up at the beginning of class is important and missing it can lead to strain and injury. You have also missed some important information either about admin or what you are learning in class. Your teacher will most probably not be able to repeat this information to you, as it will hold up the class.

Don’t have a chat during class. Come early, stay late or exchange phone numbers and go for coffee. Talking during class disturbs the teacher and the other students. You are also not concentrating and will not get the maximum benefit out of your class.

Take correction from your teacher. S/he is trying to make you into the best dancer you can be. S/he doesn’t want you to injure yourself. They are not picking on you, they are ensuring your safety and improvement.

If you can’t make it, excuse yourself. It only takes a few seconds to send your teacher a message to say you aren’t coming. You may not realize, but it can affect aspects of the class. Most teachers are available via email, text and other messaging services.

Talk to your teacher when you have a problem. If you are struggling with a move or a combination, ask for help. Chances are someone else in the class is also struggling. You are there to learn so don’t be afraid to get help. We’ve all been there and there is no judgement.

If you have a problem with another student or your teacher, speak privately to your teacher. Don’t bring it up in class and waste precious dance time. Ask to speak to your teacher after class or phone/message them to talk about it. All relational issues must be sorted out in order for you and your fellow dancers to be comfortable and happy in the studio.

All studio etiquette comes down to having respect for your teacher and fellow dancers. If we all look after each other and are mindful of ourselves, we can get the most out of dance classes and experiences.

Jessica Perelson

Jessica has had an affinity for dancing since she was very young.  At the tender age of two years, she would attend her sister’s ballet classes and dance with the older girls.  When she was six, she was enrolled in the Norma Blakeway School of Ballet, and attended classes there for 11 years.  During that time she passed the Royal Academy of Dance grade 7 and pre-elementary exams. Jessica then shifted her focus to her academic career, and took a sabbatical from dancing until 2008, when she began belly dancing under the tuition of Janka Kliment.  In 2009 she joined the Evolution Oriental Dance Troupe and began performing regularly at festivals and functions.  She also auditioned to become a teaching assistant and started her apprenticeship in 2010. In October 2010, Jessica danced at the International Oriental Dance Festival’s Gala event with the Evolution Troupe. At the end of 2013, Jessica joined forces with Melanie Wallis and bought Janka’s Oriental Dance Studio, changing it’s name to Zahra’s Oriental Dance Studio.  Jessica now runs classes, workshops and performs for Zahra’s.