10 Simple Rules for Dance Class Etiquette

  1. Always arrive on time. If you can’t avoid being late, make eye contact with the teacher prior to entering class and wait for their permission to enter.  When possible, notify your instructor if you will be late or absent. After class, be sure to apologize for your late arrival.

  2. Be prepared for class: Avoid In & Outs. Students should arrive early to use the restroom or do it at the very beginning of class. Remember everything you need for class prior to heading into the studio. Unless it’s an emergency, which can happen, avoid disrupting class to use the restroom. Dancers going in and out can be distracting to your peers, as well as for the instructor. You may also miss something important if you are not in class.

  3. Be quiet and listen while your dance teacher is giving instructions. That means no talking when your teacher is talking. Try to listen for the answer yourself, before interrupting class with a question that has already been asked and answered.

  4. Pay attention at all times and stand like a dancer always. You should always present yourself with good posture and show that that you are ready to learn. Dancers shouldn’t sit down in class (unless instructed to do so) or hang on the barre.  

  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Your dance teachers are there to help you become a better dancer!  Be sure to ask for clarification when necessary. Ask questions by raising your hand and waiting for the teacher to call on you. This will help when you are confused to improve and progress as a dancer.

  6. Demonstrate good spatial awareness. Be aware of your body as you are moving through the movements. This includes giving the instructor space and not crowding other students.   

  7. Be courteous and respectful. At the end of class, applaud and thank the instructor. Show them your appreciation for the planning and preparation that went into class.

  8. Stay for the entire class. It’s always best to stay for the entire duration of the class, but if you must leave early, talk to the teacher beforehand and make your exit as quickly and discreetly as possible.

  9. Try your best. Give 110% always. If you realize you are in a dance class that’s above your skill level, never walk out of a class or sit down in frustration!  Hang in there and try your best!

  10. Parents make sure you allow the dancer teacher to do their job! If you have a question or comment, feel free to talk to the teacher after class (not during). Viewing windows are for viewing and not communicating with your child during class.  If your child is being disruptive, allow the teacher to make behavior corrections first. We will always come get you if need be.

At Jill Stanford Dance Center, we want to help grow creative, confident dancers who courageously impact their world!