Do prepare ahead of time and pack all of your costumes and makeup before a big performance. Always double-check to make sure you didn’t forget anything!
Don’t wait tell the last-minute to pack your costumes, because you could forget something!
Do take care of your shoes by airing them out and placing tea bags in them to remove any bad odors.
Don’t leave your smelly dancer shoes in your dance bag.
Do be polite and respectful if you come to dance late and don’t interrupt the other students.
Don’t chew gum during dance class as this could be a recipe for disaster and it is also disrespectful.
Do come prepared to dance class with water and a snack to dance class to keep you hydrated and energized.
Do wear your hair in a ponytail or bun during dance class so you can move freely without having your hair in your face.
Don’t walk in front of the stage when someone is performing as this is very rude to the audience and the performer.
Keep track of all of your costumes and organize them frequently to avoid losing or misplacing anything.
Don’t wear loose jewelry i.e. (necklaces, dangly earrings, bracelets) to dance class as it can easily get entangled while you are dancing.
Always be respectful of other dancers while they are performing by not talking and applauding when the performance is finished.
Do check your dance shoes frequently to make sure they are in good repair. Check your tap shoes for loose screws and your ballet and jazz shoes for rips or tears. (A good time to check your shoes is at the end of your dance season.) (Loose screws on tap shoes can damage dance floors.)
Do be respectful to the dance teacher by: not interrupting during class, not talking while the teacher is talking, paying attention, and trying your best.
Do be respectful that everyone is at a different skill level at dance and everyone learns at a different pace.
Do be open-minded when learning a new type of dance and try your best.
Do try other styles of dance to increase your skills and technique level.
Don’t talk to others during dance class, this is disrespectful to all dancers and the teacher.
Do secure your belongings while you are dancing and keep any valuables such as your phone in your bag. Some dance studios have lockers, so you can also use those to secure your personal belongings.
Do keep an extra pair of socks, band aids, and deodorant in your dance bag. You may never know when you need to freshen up or cover an annoying blister on your foot.