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How to get the most out of dance lessons?
People who learn to dance naturally want to get as much out of their dance lessons as possible, but often do not understand clearly enough how to do it. In fact, the success of any student depends mainly on how they approach their lessons and use the material they learn. The fastest, most complete and effective progress will only result from a logical and structured approach to learning.
Set a goal
It is quite obvious that if the teacher and the student do not have a clear idea of the skills and abilities that need to be developed, then progress in learning will suffer. Set a goal and move toward it.
The Right Mindset
The teacher-student relationship is very important on a physical and psychological level. Knowledge is gained only if the student is willing to absorb the knowledge the teacher gives him. Students should try to perform the new elements as instructed by their teacher.
Focus of attention.
Sometimes students, trying to "get it right," focus on one aspect of the dance while the instructor tries to work on another. An experienced teacher will not expect their students to get all their old skills right while learning something new. The student should pay their attention only to the topic the instructor has chosen, and the instructor will later connect the new knowledge with the old.
Let the teacher teach.
A student is wasting their teacher's skills if they do not allow the teacher to teach them as they see fit. Many students who would not tell a doctor what medicine to prescribe, or an auto mechanic how to fix their car, would not hesitate to tell the instructor what part of their dance should be given more attention and how they should be taught. Instead, the instructor should have the will to teach as he or she sees fit.
Remember, too, that learning to dance is different from mastering purely mental skills-sometimes understanding comes only after proper work on oneself, not the other way around. The student should always allow the instructor to finish the explanation without interrupting or being distracted by extraneous things. Only after the teacher has explained everything that is necessary can you fully understand what is required of you. If you do not understand something, you should ask for clarification. In other words, you should let the teacher teach you. This is exactly why you came to him or her.
Practice is probably the most underrated aspect of the learning process. Those students who practice all the time learn much faster than those who do something occasionally. Students of tennis, skiing, martial arts, golf, or any other sport consider practice an integral part of their learning process, but too often social dance students do not. Any dance moves should be practiced to the point where they become natural to you. This requires a lot of repetition as you learn. But you have to be careful not to learn the steps wrong. Your teacher can help you.
Regularity has a direct influence on progress, because too many breaks between lessons breaks the continuity of the learning process, allowing the student to forget too much material from previous lessons and forcing the teacher to unnecessarily return to the passed material. Don't skip class. After class on your way home or at home, go over the material you learned in your head, so it will be better remembered. Make sure you repeat it at home.
Just as the same sculpture can be described differently by different observers with different points of view, so can dance elements be explained in different ways. This can help to form the most complete picture of them. However, one instructor should be chosen as the primary guide on the dancer's path to success.
Types of classes.
Smart students also participate in different types of classes; individual classes, group classes, master classes, and self-study to reinforce and diversify the skills they have learned.
A large number of partners will help expand dance skills. Dependence on a single partner can lead to the formation of weaknesses, as usually certain aspects of dance are not paid attention and these skills are not developed. Multiple partners allow you to work through more situations and variations and learn to dance with absolutely any dancer of the chosen direction.