Your First Lesson with a Dance Instructor
Setting the Scene
Where possible dance lessons should take place in a quiet, unoccupied room in your home, so that teacher and student can work without disturbance. This said, we would suggest as good practice that the door be left ajar and that parent or guardian check regularly how things are going. This is reassuring for all concerned. A parent or guardian should always be present in the home during a dance session.
If you have arranged to go to the dance instructor's home, please consider safety first, and ensure that the student does not visit alone until comfortable with their teacher.
Before your First Lesson
It is helpful to consider the concerns you have regarding your dance practice so the teacher can assess your needs.
We recommend all parents and clients ask to see any qualifications the teacher has declared before the first lesson. If the teacher has a CRB check or has said they can offer references, ask to see these also. We advise teachers to expect this request.
Your First Dance Session...
- Is an opportunity for you to see how you get along with your dance teacher.
- Your teacher will want to talk through your needs with you and what you are trying to achieve.
- Some exercises will be preformed with you to stretch you and assess your ability level.
As your Dance Lessons Progress
- Do not be afraid to ask your dance instructor to raise or ease the pace or difficulty of teaching sessions.
- If you would like to change anything about the sessions (direction, structure) just mention it to your instructor.
- Help other parents and clients by providing feedback about your teacher through First Tutors: Dance.