While we all want to help the newer dancers, often they receive conflicting advice as they go round the class. It is best to let them listen to the teacher, smile and help only when they ask for it.
Learning to dance in a new environment is challenging and at times overwhelming. We carefully pitch our classes to allow new dancers to be able to survive on the dance floor. It will take time for beginners to get the finer technique points which is why we must allow them to progress at their own pace.
We often get feedback from beginners that while they enjoyed themselves overall, they didn't appreciate other dancers trying to correct them or teach them new material.
Here's what is helpful and what is not:
Helpful & Supportive Habits 😊
- Smiling and acknowledging your partner
- Encouraging beginners for getting something right
- Allowing your dance partner to listen to the class teacher
- Developing and improving your own dancing
- Being the best lead or follow for your partner
Unhelpful & Discouraging Habits 😢
- Talking while the teacher is talking
- Telling a beginner what they are getting wrong
- Looking bored
- Ignoring your partner or checking your phone
- Trying to fix your partner's technique while ignoring problems with your own
Give encouragement rather than unsolicited advice.
We all have different approaches and different speeds of learning when faced with something new. There are many aspects to learning the lead and follow roles and it's best to let someone focus on one or two aspects rather than trying to get them to get everything right.
- We want people to feel great regardless of whether they get it right or wrong.
- It's better to give people encouragement or be the best lead or follow that you can. No matter how good intentioned, there is nothing worse than being given unsolicited advice or feedback on what we should be doing - it can be crushing!
- While we all want to help the newer dancers, often they receive conflicting advice as they go round the class. It is best to let them listen to the teacher, smile and help only when they ask for it.