Dispelling Dance Class Awkwardness: How To Turn Your Social Anxiety Into Major Samba Skills
Over the past 10 years, the number of people taking dance classes and attending ballroom events has increased by 35 percent. However, just because more people are participating in the art of dance doesn't mean they all feel completely comfortable in the dance studio.
For some people, dancing allows them to feel free. But for others, learning how to dance may be stress-inducing! If you feel this way, you are not alone. But, the benefits of learning to dance -- physical and emotional -- may far outweigh your insecurities.
Here are some of our top tips for transforming your anxieties into accomplishments in the studio.
It's important to keep in mind that no one in the class -- neither the instructor nor the other students -- is judging you. There will be students of all different abilities in your class, and some will be more confident, and accomplished, than others. Don't let that throw you.
Instead of comparing yourself to other participants or focusing on what you can't do, remember that you're asking your body to perform an entirely new task. It takes time for those muscles to understand what they're being asked to do. It can be difficult not to self-critique, but try your very best to let go of those judgments and focus on the task at hand.
Every dance teacher has their own specific style. But regardless of method of delivery, you need to realize that they are on your side. Arthur Murray dance teachers are thoroughly trained and their patience is unmatched in the industry. Have some belief and patience with yourself. Our instructors will teach and gently correct as they go. Don’t take criticism personally; instead, see it as a gift that will allow you to master ballet, samba, or any other ballroom dance that much more completely.
Remind yourself that no one begins their involvement in dance as an expert. Even when someone is born with a natural ability, it still takes an immense amount of hard work to become proficient. No matter how inexperienced you are, you will make progress. Be patient with yourself and realize that no one expects perfection. All that anyone asks is that you try your personal best. Stick with it and don't be discouraged. Soon, you'll be able to look back on just how far you've come.
It can be tough to get over that initial awkwardness hurdle in your dance class, and there were certainly be no shortage of things to learn. But if you banish self-doubt, trust your instructor, and exercise patience, you'll be able to move past your own anxieties and actually have fun!
Take a chance and learn to dance! Contact Arthur Murray Charleston today to schedule your first dance lesson. It’s completely complimentary.