Updated: Dec 23, 2020
5 Factors for Choosing the Perfect Dance Instructor
Big box stores are taking over nearly everything these days. From hardware to groceries to pharmacy, there are really only a few big chains left while it seems like the small, “mom ‘n pop” shops have gone the way of the dodo. This is why it is so essential to shop around for instructors to ensure you get the highest quality instructor that is the best fit for you.
Now, we’re not trying to toot our own horns here – we encourage all of our potential clients to shop around – but we are passionate about dancing and want everyone to find the perfect instructor for them.
1. The Personal Touch
A good dance instructor will play to your strengths when choreographing a dance for you. A great instructor will get to know you on a personal level to understand what you are passionate about and what you want to achieve with your first wedding dance. An instructor should make the effort to understand your goals and get to know you as a person. This, in turn, will make you feel more comfortable in your own skin, which will affect your dancing. I have often found myself as both a dance instructor and a counselor, boosting my clients’ confidence, especially as the wedding date draws near and nerves kick in. But I don’t mind; I do everything I can to make each dance run as smoothly as possible.
Instructors who have had lots of industry experience and are still passionate are diamonds in the rough. Passionate instructors will go the extra mile to ensure you and your partner have the best dancing experience possible. If you are not happy with the choreography, a dance instructor should be willing to mix up the dance because it’s what you want. Passion means that an instructor will be happy to see you succeed, even if that means psyching you up for the wedding, putting in extra time, or coming up with a creative solution to a problem.
Not every couple is the same. Each one wants something different out of their dance. Whether one member of the couple has a physical disability or both fiancés want to incorporate their heritage into a dance, the perfect dance instructor will find a way to make that dream a reality. If one of you does not understand a certain move or a particular part of the dance is not working for you, a good instructor will replace that with something closer to what is within your abilities or desires.
When you find yourself looking forward to your dance sessions, you know you’ve found a gem of an instructor. Never forget that dancing should be fun! If you feel like you’re headed to boot camp with each dance lesson, then it might be time to find a new instructor. Don’t lose your passion for dance just because you got one bad instructor. Sample other instructors until you find one that meshes with your ideas of what dance should be like. Even if you just go in for some ballroom dance lessons for fun, you could find yourself preparing for a wedding first dance down the line!
This one seems intuitive, but it’s often overlooked. Remember that you won’t come out of one lesson with a perfectly choreographed and memorized dance. It will take some time to get familiar with the moves and for the instructor to craft the perfect dance for you and your partner. Ask the studios if they have a wedding dance package and factor that into the wedding budget. Rarely, a couple will need to add another lesson to the package in order to feel the most confident with their dance, so keep that in mind as well.
Online reviews are a great way to get an idea of how comfortable clients were with their instructors and which ones really got to know them as people rather than clients. Check out a studio’s Facebook and Yelp pages, as well as their website, to really get an idea of how each studio measures up in these five categories.