Confession time. I teach a lot of school dance programs where there are kids who want to be there… and those that don’t.
Within school programs, dance class isn’t optional. Everyone has to participate. Knowing that I start every new program by saying: “Everyone likes to do different things. My favorite thing to do is dance. However, I know this may not be your favorite activity and that is okay. All I ask is that we all participate and try. I have a feeling we will have fun if we just give it a go.”
Well, I say something along those lines but hopefully in a more eloquent and motivating way! My point is that I want the kids to become comfortable with me as a teacher and to not feel daunted by dance. I really believe that dance classes should be experienced by everyone in some form or other.
Types of dance.
One great thing about dance is the number of styles to choose from. There is something out there for everyone! There are your traditional styles including ballet, tap, and jazz. Elsewhere hip hop has taken dance classes by storm over the last decade. It’s a great option for anyone looking for a fun recreational activity or a great workout.
There are also partner dance styles such as salsa, tango, swing, waltz… to name a few. For any of the aforementioned, you do not need a partner so don’t be intimidated or shy. Often there are open free classes held at clubs or hotels where the teacher rotates the men and women. You can also sign up for a class and they will probably have a similar structure.
Another dance form that is a bit less formal is line dancing, which has various styles within it. The simplest form is just how it sounds… the dancers dance in lines, with the movements being easy to learn and follow. One of the latest crazes is Zumba which appeals to many because it is a mixture of dance and fitness that includes various world rhythms. Zumba can be found at most local gyms.
No matter what style you decide to explore, the important thing is to get out there and actually try it. Remember that it will take a couple of attempts to get the hang of it. My message? Stay with it for at least four to five classes before you decide if you like it or not.
It also takes a while to get the feel of the choreography and music, which is definitely a learned skill. Any form of dance will increase confidence, coordination, agility, rhythm, grace, balance, flexibility, musicality, strength, and cardio. So get out there and enjoy life… try dancing!