dance classes for adults

Happy Thursday everyone! As you all know, I'm a hobby dancer, so today I'm excited to have an amazing guest post from a real dancer! Meet Elizabeth below and get inspired to go take a million dance classes - you can thank us both later! And enter her sweet giveaway below too. (Oh and today I'm taking over the @TheBlogBaton on Instagram which is a fun idea created by Mason Like The Jar where a new blogger takes over the account everyday. Go check out my posts which will undoubtedly be pug, ballet and food filled!)

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Hello everyone, I’m Elizabeth, and I blog over at Undeniably, me.  A great big thank you to Jackie for having me!  When she asked me to write a post on dance, I could not have been more excited.  As a dancer and teacher, I've had funny moments: Things Kids Say in Dance Class, and tough ones: 10 Things Learned in a Week of NYC Dance Auditions. Dance is my world, something I have thought about every minute of every day since I was five years old.  You might be thinking, “No way is it possible to think of something constantly.”  Let me clarify.  It is not that I think dance constantly so much as feel dance.  Simply walking across a room is not possible.  There is always a chasse, turn, or jete incorporated into my journey.  Music plays, and I cannot help but to unconsciously begin choreography.  Sometimes, dance tells a story we simply don’t have the words for.  It became my way of living, and I love it. This is why I so admire people like Jackie, who take up dance as adults.  The constantly moving mental state has been ingrained in me since I was a child.  I can see how the thought of starting as an adult might seem daunting, or even scary.  But stop!  Let me tell you, it is not.  I truly believe that everyone should experience the joy that dance brings, and I know for a fact the creativity and wonder dancing brings out in even the most reserved person.  As a teacher, there is no greater joy than seeing a student shine on stage only a few months after they began - shy and timid.  There is freedom in their movement and confidence in their smile.  So, if you are an adult thinking about taking up dance, I say go for it, and leave you with my tips for starting. 1.  Search for studios in your area that offer Adult Beginner classes.  A lot of times, studios will offer mixed level classes - which is fine, but could prove confusing at first if you have no experience.  Definitely call and ask about the levels in the class, I know from my experience teaching adults that it really can go either way with levels - sometimes it’s a majority of all beginners, other times, more experienced.  You won’t know until you ask! 2.  Get the proper shoes.  Now, you don’t need to go out and buy a $100 pair of shoes, but the proper footwear will give you the best possible results.  If you are unsure of what to wear, ask the instructor ahead of time. 3.  Wear what you feel most comfortable in.  Most adult classes don’t have a strict dress code other than “movement-friendly” attire.  Yoga pants and a tank top or t-shirt is usually fine.  Other options include active wear, a leotard and tights, or sweatpants.  Whatever you are confident in should be what you wear! 4.  It is OK to be nervous.  It would be unnatural if you weren’t.  Going into auditions, I am always nervous.  My trick to keeping it cool?  Acknowledging it.  “Yes, Elizabeth, you are nervous.  That’s good, it means you care.  Everyone else feels the same way.”  Then let it go. Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymoreeeee…. Everyone else is in the same boat, and the instructor knows it as well.  They will do their best to make it as comfortable as possible. 5.  Have fun!  Once you are in class, enjoy it!  Don’t worry if you don’t understand the steps right away, aren’t the most flexible, or do something wrong.  Everyone has different learning styles and paces.  Take your time, practice, and you will succeed. If you had any apprehension about joining dance class before, I hope this helps you get over your fears. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and thanks again to Jackie for indulging my dance obsession! Hope to see you soon over at Undeniably, me!

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