The world has started to slowly adapt to the new normal since COVID-19. Quarantine has forced us to find new and creative ways to keep doing what we love and stay engaged with the community. Big thanks to technology, many dance studios around the globe have embraced the change by offering online dance classes to keep us happy and healthy.
Here are the top 5 tips to help you make the most out of your at-home dance classes!
Research is the Key
Online platforms like Zoom and Instagram Live have made online dance classes more accessible to all, but they’ve also removed the entry barriers for new instructors.
You need to make sure you choose the instructor after doing thorough research about their experience, dance, and teaching style. Experienced instructors are skilled at explaining both the feel and look of a move as well as give frequent tips and feedbacks.
Live vs. Recorded Class
Make sure you know whether to choose a live or a recorded class. With a live class, you can get immediate feedback, talk to your instructor & other students, and also see how others are performing.
With a recorded class, you get the freedom to take the classes anytime and learn at your own pace. So, if you like to socialize, live classes might be a great option for you, and if it’s more about convenience, go for recorded classes.
Create a Dedicated Dance Space
It is essential to make a dedicated dance space so that you don’t slam your elbow into a wall while performing. Make your own little dance studio by just placing a mirror, moving lighter furniture, and also make sure you wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
Additionally, you can also set up a camera to record your dance performance.
Warm Up & Cool Down
Always warm up and cool down because dancing is a physical exercise and warming up beforehand and cooling down afterward is essential.
However, live online dance classes might skip this step due to time constraints, so make sure you start warming up early before the class. Then, after the class, use an easy stretch routine for your cool down.
Take Advantage of Technology
The most common mistake dancers do is treating their online class the way they would treat physical dance studio. They show up, learn, perform, and leave the class.
Remember, it’s 2020 and we have the technology! If you have a live class, make sure to use a screen recording app to record your live lessons so that you can practice the steps later as well. Additionally, pause, rewind, and repeat the recorded classes and have complete control of it.
Dancing is fun and should be limitless. So, keep on experimenting and trying new moves and styles, while making new friends. Hope these tips will help you make the most out of your online dance classes. Keep grooving folks!