There are so many dance classes to choose from, how can you decide which dance class is for you? Should you go the popular dance classes with loads of people?
It can be tempting to choose the popular dance classes. After all if a lot of people go to them they must be good right? Well they usually are.
However, you should not determine which dance class is best for based solely on the class numbers. There can be any number of reasons why a dance class may be popular. It may be because the dance teacher is well known and has lots of dance industry contacts, perhaps there’s a good vibe, perhaps because the dance class is easy and people can do it, perhaps just because the choreography is amazing!
If a dance class is popular with professional dancers it’s probably either because they want to impress the choreographer who may have a high-profile in the industry or because it’s a style of dance which is popular in the dance industry at that time. Each dance teacher/ choreographer has their own style of dancing.
There are many good dance classes which have smaller numbers but with some very good dance teachers. The good thing about these dance classes is you don’t have to fight for space, will probably get a good view of the dance teacher and they can make more individual corrections (if they do this).
At the end of the day, you’ve got to choose dance classes which are best for you and what you’re aiming to achieve. If you want to catch the eye of the choreographer then by all means go to their dance class.
The advantage of going to popular dance classes is that you probably won’t be left too far behind with what’s happening in the industry. But you can build up skills that the other dancers in the popular dance class don’t have by going to other dance classes too. The downside is it can be hard to actually see the teacher when there are so many bodies in a room!
You can also get a good idea of you current standard and where you stand with all the dancers out there. The standard will probably be high, so you’ll have to become a better dancer – which of course is a good thing.
Also don’t fall into the trap of avoiding a dance class because it’s popular. If it’s popular there’s probably a reason why and if it’s a style of dance that is common in the dance industry you’ll want to learn it or you’ll get left behind.
Make your decisions based on where you’re going. It can never do any harm doing a popular dance class, but don’t think you should only go to the dance classes because they are popular.