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.
Give encouragement rather than unsolicited advice.
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.
Here's what is helpful and what is not:
Helpful & Supportive Habits 😊
Unhelpful & Discouraging 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
- 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