A group salsa dance class can help one hone skills if they make the most out of it. Here are some tips to insure that you extract the most benefits from your group dance class.
Keep an Open Mind
Even if you have studied salsa for a long time, you will still learn something from the class. The skill you acquire is not through pattern. Rather, it is the skill that creates the pattern. If you have the basic skills, that will form the foundation for the various salsa steps you execute later. This is the reason why you need to focus on the basic steps rather than memorizing the steps in a dance performance.
If you do not keep an open mind you will not be able to grasp the lessons well. This is because you only choose to accept what you like instead of what is right. A close mind will impede your learning.
You will always learn something new from another teacher’s class. Schools have different level systems. For instance, the level 3 in School A might not be the same with School B’s level.
Always arrive on time or before the class begins. You will lose a lot of quality information if you arrive in the middle of lessons. The teacher will not likely repeat the lessons for latecomers. Your progress will suffer. You might have a hard time catching up with the rest of class.
Practice in Class
It is best to practice the dance routines in front of the teacher. They will be able to see if you make mistakes. Your errors will be corrected immediately. The last thing you wanted is executing a step or pattern erroneously. Bad habits are hard to correct.
Teachers want to know if the students get what they taught. Or, if most students have acquired the necessary skills to be able to perform. Even if a student feels he or she is ready, the teacher could point out some things he may have missed.
If you are determined to learn salsa, then attend salsa dance classes regularly. Never skip class. Teachers usually build on what they learn from the previous class. If you miss one class you might have a hard time catching up with the others.
Provide Encouragement to Your Partner
Do not criticize or show negative emotions to your partner. You can dance with as many people as you like. Partnering is supposedly fun. If you feel frustrated with a new dancer or if a new partner does not have similar skill level then be more understanding. You used to be beginner once.
Spend Much time salsa dancing
Practice makes perfect. This is the rule of thumb. The more you dance salsa, the better you get. Attend class early. Know your classmates because they will become your dance partner later. Create some positive vibes with others. Remain in class after the lessons are over. Go to parties or salsa clubs when time permits. It is best to augment classroom learning with real-life salsa dancing situations. What you will learn in the dance floor can put to use what you skills and knowledge you have acquired.
A group salsa dance class is good but if you want to learn more techniques, private lessons would help. The sheer number of students in a group class will prevent teachers from monitoring the progress of each student. Also, teachers share more techniques or dance “secrets” in private lessons.