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Become a Dancer

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Dancer

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Choose a Dance Style

If you'd like to become a dancer, spend some time choosing a dance style. Each type of dance is made up of techniques that need to be practiced and mastered. Your goals as a dancer will help you to decide which style of dance is right for you.

Find a Dance Class

Once you have decided to become a dancer, it is important to carefully choose a dance class. Your choice of a dance teacher is critical if you plan to pursue dancing professionally. It is easy to form bad habits in the beginning, and extremely hard to correct them. Most importantly, choose a teacher that you admire as a dancer.

What to Wear

Your wardrobe of dance clothing will be determined by the type of dancer you choose to become. Special dance shoes will be required for most dance styles, including ballet slippers for ballet and tap shoes for tap. Your dance teacher will probably have a preference for clothing, such as a black leotard with pink tights for a ballet dancer, or black dance pants for a jazz dancer.

What to Expect as a Dancer

If you are enrolled in your very first dance class, make a point to tour the dance studio before your first day. Most dance studios are large and airy, with at least one full wall of mirrors. The floors of dance studios should be soft, as dancing on hard floors may cause injuries. The class structures will vary for the different dance styles…expect a hip-hop class to be much more relaxed than a class of classical ballet.

Dance Glossary

Confused about a dance step? Check out the dance glossary to become familiar with dance terms for various dance styles. Learn the names of basic ballet steps, ballroom dancer lingo, and much more.

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