HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM DANCE LESSONS?
People who learn to dance naturally want to get as much out of their dance lessons as possible, but often do not clearly understand how to do it. In fact, the success of any student depends mainly on how he approaches his studies and uses the material. The fastest, most complete and effective progress will be the result of only a logical and structured approach to learning.
It is obvious that if the teacher and student do not have a clear understanding of the skills and abilities that need to be developed, then progress in learning will suffer. Set a goal and move towards it.
The right attitude
Teacher-student relationships are very important at the physical and psychological level. Knowledge is acquired only if the student is ready to accept the knowledge that the teacher gives him. Students should try to perform new elements in accordance with the instructions of their teacher.
Sometimes students, trying to “make things right”, focus on one aspect of the dance, while the teacher tries to work on another. An experienced teacher will not expect their students to correctly perform all their old skills while learning something new. The student should pay attention only to the topic chosen by the teacher, and the teacher will later connect the new knowledge with the old one.
Let the teacher teach
A student wastes his or her teacher’s skills if they do not allow the teacher to teach them as he or she sees fit. Many students who would not tell the doctor what medicines to prescribe or the auto-master how to repair their car without embarrassment will tell the teacher which part of their dance should be given more attention and how they should be taught. Instead, the teacher must have the will to teach as he sees fit.
Also, remember that learning to dance is different from the development of purely mental skills – sometimes understanding only comes after correct work, not Vice versa. The student should always allow the teacher to finish the explanation without interrupting or being distracted by an outsider. Only after the teacher has explained all that is necessary, You will be able to fully understand what is required of You. If You do not understand something, you need to ask for clarification. In other words, You should let the teacher teach You. That’s why You came to him.
Practice is probably the most underrated aspect of the learning process. Those students who are constantly practicing, learn much faster than those who do something from time to time. Students of tennis, skiing, martial arts, Golf or any other sports fields consider practice an integral part of their learning process, but too often students of social dance do not think so. Any dance moves should be worked out to such an extent that it has become natural for You. This requires repeated repetition in the learning process. But here you need to be careful not to memorize the movement wrong. Here You can help Your teacher. (Read the article “What you need to do to become a good dancer?”)
Regularity has a direct impact on progress, as too long a break between classes disrupts the continuity of the learning process, allowing the student to forget too much material from previous classes and forcing the teacher to return unnecessarily to the material. Do not miss classes. After classes on the way home or at home, scroll through the studied material in your head, so it will be better remembered. Be sure to repeat at home.
Just as one sculpture can be described in different ways by different observers with different points of view, so dance elements can be explained in different ways. This can help to get the most complete picture of them. However, one teacher should be chosen as the main teacher to be the main guide on the way to the success of the dancer.
Types of classes
Smart students also participate in different types of lessons; individual classes, group classes, master classes, self-study to consolidate and diversify the acquired skills.
A large number of partners will help to expand dance skills. Dependence on a single partner can lead to the formation of weaknesses, as usually certain aspects of dance is not paid attention to, and these skills do not develop. Many partners allow you to work out more situations and variations and learn to dance with absolutely any dancer of the chosen direction.