When thinking about beginning the journey of dance, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start. Whether you are 3 or 93, it is important to find that second home where you can be yourself and enjoy learning a new skill. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a studio.
First ask yourself...What are your goals?
Are you looking to get exercise, learn new steps for hitting the town, competing? Every studio offers various classes and events to help their students accomplish their goals. It is difficult to know where to take classes if you don't know where you are looking to go.
What type of time commitment are you willing to make?
This is an important question when considering the studio's distance from your home or work or if you are dropping off and picking up young ones. When you decide how much time you are willing to dedicate per week, you will know the right questions to ask when finding out when their classes are offered, if it will gel with your schedule, and how long it will take you to reach your goals.
What type of financial commitment are you prepared to invest?
Like most hobbies, the more you do it, the more expensive it can be so it is important to set a budget for yourself ahead of time. This way, as you look around at various studios you can have a better idea of what will fit within your budget.
Do you enjoy the studio, staff and teaching style?
Once you have used the first three questions to narrow down your list, pay them each a visit and take a class. Most studios offer 'drop in' classes that will allow you to try a sample of the class before enrolling. You want to make sure you feel a good vibe from the studio and staff before making your final decision.
One of the greatest benefits of dance is becoming involved with a community and meeting people who enjoy the same hobby as you. Once you choose a studio, you will slowly begin to feel like part of the family, but remember, as your needs and desires change so may your studio. Never feel guilty about taking classes at multiple studios or changing it up every now and then. As important as it is to find a studio to call home, it is just as important to become a well rounded dancer and enjoy everything the sport has to offer.