Choose Your Classes. Review the recommendations your teachers have made for you. They know you best, so take their advice to heart. Be sure you have technique classes first as your foundation. Then, include classes that you truly love and feel confident in. Finally, consider a class that is in a style you haven’t tried or might be outside of your comfort zone. Register now as classes fill and we want to see you in your favorite class!
Balance Your Schedule. Consider your schedule for life as well as dance. Be sure you have enough time for schoolwork, for friends, and for family. Dance should be one aspect of your life, but allow time for other interests as well.
Inventory Your Dancewear. Pull out last year’s dance clothes and take a look. Donate leotards that no longer fit and throw out tights with rips or stains. Get an accurate look at what you actually have for the season. Label EVERYTHING with your name inside so that we can get lost items back to you. Here are a few dance essentials you’ll want to have for the year:
- Black camisole leotard
- Nude underleo
- Black dance shorts
- Correct dance shoes for each style
Check the Dress Code. Each class has a specific dresscode and the required shoes are what you need to get the most out of class. They will also be the same shoes used for performances and it is important to practice in what you will perform in. You’ll want to order your shoes early in case there are any fitting issues, so get orders in now. Click here to check out our online store.
Water bottle. You’ll want a water bottle for class that you can refill at home, is large enough to last through class time, and that you can easily label with your name. Food and drink are not allowed in the dance studio, but waterbottles are encouraged.
Stock up on hair supplies. Long hair must be secured from your face for dance class. Hair is a distraction and you want it to be out of the way so that you can focus in class. Purchase heavy strength rubberbands for class and keep extras in your dance bag. You should also have bobbypins and hairnets on hand for the season. Now is a great time to stock up.
Invite a friend. Dance is even better when it is shared. Our studio has a referral program that let’s you get paid to invite friends to dance - it’s a win-win! But most of all, sharing something you love with other people can make it even more fun. Don’t be afraid to let people know that you dance and see if they’d like to try a class with you. You never know who might be interested and just need a little extra boost of confidence that you can offer.
Mark Your Calendar. Dance is a ten month season and there are so many exciting performances and events. Be sure to mark your calendar now so that you know the commitments coming up. Your group relies on you and it’s important to take that seriously by tracking all extra rehearsals and shows.
Get To Know Your Teacher. You can check out the website before class to see who you will be working with. Every teacher has something valuable to offer and while a new teacher may be intimidating, go in to class with an open mind. A new teacher may just turn in to your favorite teacher! Check out the teacher’s bios on the ATD teacher page to learn a little about them.
Spread Some Sparkle! Dance is all about high energy, enthusiastic FUN! Come in to class with positive energy and ready to learn. Have a mindset that this is going to be the best season ever and infect those around you with your sparkle. We love dancing and can’t wait to love it even more with you!