The first thing you should ask yourself when selecting a dance studio is why you want to take dance lessons. It can be for any number of reasons — an upcoming event (many people take dance lessons before they get married), a resolution to lead a healthier life, a desire to meet new people, etc. Once you know why you want to take up dance, you’ll know what you’re looking for in a studio.
What types of dance does the studio specialize in? If there is a specific dance style you are looking for, you’ll want to find a studio that offers lessons in that style. If you don’t have anything specific in mind, does the studio offer lessons in dance styles you think you’ll enjoy? Be sure to pay attention to what skill levels are offered as well, so you don’t end up in a class that’s too difficult or too easy.
When selecting a dance studio, it’s important to think about the instruction style you are looking for. Do you prefer individual lessons or group lessons? What are the instructors’ backgrounds and skill levels? How many times per week do you want to have lessons? Once you know the answer to these questions, you can narrow your search even further.
Culture and Atmosphere
What kind of atmosphere are you looking for in your dance studio? This is important because it can change the entire experience of your dance lessons. Some studios cater more to senior citizens, while others attract a younger crowd, and some only offer lessons for children. And is the studio competitive in nature or is it a more low-key environment? For questions like these, it can be helpful to check out a studio’s online reviews or simply visit the studio and see it for yourself.
How far is the studio from your home? This is important because you’ll need to know if you can realistically make it to your lessons on time. You’ll also want to consider how far you are willing to travel for your dance lessons. If you choose somewhere too far away, the hassle of getting there may diminish your overall experience.
Have you checked out the dance studio’s online reputation? Have you spoken with other local dancers that dance there? Word of mouth is the most powerful form of advertising for a reason. People trust reviews, especially when it comes from someone they know and respect. Be sure to ask around when considering a dance studio to make sure you are making the right choice.
If you’re interested in taking dance lessons, Fred Astaire Dance Studios might be the place for you! Visit us online to find out more about our lessons and get an introductory offer.