Most people have never taken dance lessons before, so they do not know what makes a good dance studio. You will hear a lot of promises, but below are some things to look out for to get the most out of your time and money.
How long a business has been operation can tell you a lot. No business stays open for long if they are not providing good service, let alone for over 30 years.
A teacher who is working on both teaching dance and on their professional dancing all day, and getting professional training every day is simply going to be better informed, a better dancer, and a better dance teacher than someone who does it part-time.
A quality dance floor is more than a big open space and a hard surface. The investment in a floating dance floor provides surface not only more conducive to movement that will protect your joints and keep you and your teacher gliding and swinging far easier and longer than a floor over concrete.
Every good teacher has a lesson plan, no matter what they are teaching. A plan for a block of lessons keeps a teacher on task and helps the student learn faster because lesson build upon each other to create a more in-depth and multi-dimensional goal than any lesson by lesson method. A lesson guide also enables a studio make some guarantees in your progress. A combination of both private and group classes can help you learn faster and save money in the long run.
Free-agent teachers can pose a myriad of potential problems for students. The advantages of having your teachers employed by the studio mean that:
Weekly dance parties are not just a way to have fun with your dancing and to meet other dancers, they are an essential way to make sure that you can use what you have learned before trying to take it out on the road on your own. Make sure that the teachers are in attendance as well to help you out. They should be the hosts of the party and take care of their guests to make sure they are creating a fun, safe atmosphere and encouraging you to step outside your box and practice what you have been learning. Studios that have shows at these parties give you a chance to perform yourself, if you like, to cheer on fellow students, and to see your professional teachers dance with their partners. You want a studio that really values these parties and activities.
Ultimately, you want to look for a studio that is going to do more than teach you dance lessons. A great dance studio will have a system and structure in place to assure that you become, at the very least, a comfortable, confident social dancer and will be prepared to make sure you get there in the fastest and most fun way possible.