Dance Class Attire Ballet: leotard, tights(be sure to ask your teacher if there is a particular color they want you to wear) Hair in a bun or ponytail(if shoulder length or longer). No jewlery, ballet slippers unless insturcted to wear pointe shoes. Tap: Leotards and tights, unitards or jazz shorts and sports bras(if allowed). Tap shoes. Ask whether they are to be heeled, or flat. Hair pulled back, no jewlery. Jazz: Same clothing as tap. Leather or canvas jazz shoes. hair pulled back, no jewlery. Class Tips arrive early in order to warm up properly don't chew gum pay attention no talking ask questions only when appropriate bring neccesary items to class. such as: hairbrush, bobby pins, ribbons, extra elastic, needle, thread, water, extra shoes, extra taps, a screwdriver etc... its helpful to have a notebook where you can write down new steps and combinations, this is especially helpful when preparing for a recital or show. if criticized or told you are doing something wrong, don't get upset. Just listen and work harder to improve. **Remember if your instructor takes the time to correct you, it means they know that you can do better and they want to help you improve as a dancer. For five years now i've been an assistant teacher and i've been teaching some of my own classes for two years now. Here are some things i've learned: Have a set schedule for warm ups, review, learning new steps etc... start on time, five minutes wasted every class can add up. warm ups should be pre-planned and organized have the basic choreagraphy to routines done outside of class create an enviroment that promotes good work habits pracitce as if you are performing praise your dancers for a job well done, and critize constructivly. let them know that pracitce is mandatory, they can schedule appointments for other times unexcused absences or tardiness can affect whether they dance or not. no gum chewing no talking no jewlery wear the proper attire, no baggy clothes or sweats Rules for dancers -be enthusiastic and positve have an open mind respect your teacher and classmates be on time listen be aware of others feelings don't put someone down because they can't do something as well as you realize that practices are for practicing attend class regularly pracice on your own be in good shape learn to accept criticism say thank you when corrected appreciate your teacher accept responsobility if you make a mistake If you go to competitions here are some tips on what the judges will look for. hair the same and neat any items in hair should match no jewlery wear buns, hats, ect at the same level no holes or wrinkles in costumes smile heads up look confident be in shape recover quickly after a mistake look poised bounce after kicks toes pointed even formations knowledge of the dance no one should stand out as being really good or really bad shoulders back dance from the center good posture This is also important when competing. When watching other groups perform, be attentive to them and do not talk, or boo them etc... Also if you loose, accept defeat graciously, realize you did your best, vow to work harder on weak spots and congratulate the winners. Show good sportsmanship at all times.