One of the most frequently asked questions I get about classes at the studio (all of them) is “Is [insert class name] ok for beginners?” and I love it. I love that question because I get to answer, “YES!” for all but one. Trying something new can be scary, but the studio is designed to be a great place to start or continue a wellness routine. Here are some suggestions to help you in your first class:
- Arrive a bit early – I know it may feel safer to scoot in under the wire and try to fade into the back of a class when you’re new. Honest, I do, but hear me out. Arriving even 5 minutes before class time will give you the time and opportunity to connect with the instructor, get the lay of the land, gather any props you might need, and maybe even a trip to the bathroom! This is even more important if you have any health issues the instructor should be aware of, so maybe add an additional couple of minutes if this applies to you.
- Choose the front – Yes, being in the front of the class means you’re visible. The only person who might be looking, though, is the instructor! She needs to be able to see your face and your form to help you get the most out of the class, and she’ll probably smile at you a bunch as a bonus.
- Ask questions – You aren’t expected to know everything, ever. When you have a question about what’s going on or what you should be doing – ASK! There really is no such thing as a stupid question, and when it comes to dance & fitness, asking that question is extra important for your health & safety.
- Bring a beginner’s mind – New is new. New teacher, new class, new venue. Even if you’ve tried the format before, go into your new class with more than an open mind, go in with a Beginner’s Mind. Beginners minds are eager to absorb new things and are excited about the challenges that learning brings.
- Smile! The simple act of picking up the corners of your mouth makes a difference in how your
brain operates. When you’re trying something new, smiling gives your mind permission to enjoy the experience. If your new class is a workout, smiling also helps release endorphins – such a deal!