Preparing For Your First Dance Lesson

Starting dance lessons for the first time is an exciting adventure, but can also be nerve-wracking or overwhelming. Here at The Trotting Fox we’re giving you a sneak peak into what to expect, and how you can be best prepared for your first ever ballroom lesson!

1. Come early!

Whenever you are visiting a new place for the first time, you will feel less nervous and better prepared if you give yourself plenty of time to find the location, explore the new space, and get settled. When you go for your first lesson you will want to meet the receptionist and your new instructor, get a tour of the space, and make sure you are comfortable and ready to go!

2. Dress for success!

For the first few lessons, it is most important that you are comfortable. You can come straight from the office, in your yoga pants, or that special outfit you’ve been saving for just the right occasion. Dress shoes are suitable for your first lesson, or a pair of flats or low heels. Flip flops, sandals, and sneakers are quite difficult to dance in and should be avoided.

3. Lots of Information!

As with starting anything new, sometimes your first lesson can feel like it’s an information overload. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and a part of the process. Even if you come into the studio with one specific dance or style in mind, being exposed to a variety of dances will give you a more well-rounded lesson and let you experience all the options.

4. Moving

The most important part of starting to learn to dance is actually DANCING. Your instructor is dedicated to giving you the best lesson possible. Sometimes this means being hands-on and helping you move around the dance floor so that you can feel the style and character of each dance.

5. Tons of Fun!

Your dance instructor wants you to have the “time of your life” and will make sure your first lesson is an exciting, wonderful experience you will never forget. Simply relax, be ready to laugh, and have a blast.

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