Dance Studio Etiquette
Activities outside of Brooks
Our pupils are not permitted to take part in any competitive dance teams outside of the school, including local rhythmic gymnastic academy's dance teams, or any other local dance school's activities. This is dance school etiquette – it is not polite/acceptable to train in dance technique at one studio and compete for another team, or compete for two different studios. It can also lead to problems down the line with timetabling clashes, missed rehearsals and split commitments. Anyone found to be breaking this rule will be sadly asked to leave the school. We offer many different opportunities at Brooks and so we do not feel there is anything our dancers are missing out on, and so students make a choice when joining our teams to be loyal to their teachers and fellow students.
Dancers who also take part/compete in different/complementary hobbies such as gymnastics/drama/musical theatre are supported where possible to enjoy both hobbies. Pre-vocational dance activities, or programmes to benefit our dancers such as The Place CAT Scheme, Central Ballet Associates, Ceyda Tanc Company, Rambert School, Royal Ballet Associates etc. are encouraged but must be signed off with our teachers to check any timetable overlaps.
Places allocation. Our popular Acrobatic Arts classes at Brooks are for dancers training in other styles at our school only to complement their dance training. If you are only interested in acrobatics/gymnastics we recommend instead contacting some local gymnastic centres in the area. At present times during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are hesitant to take on dancers who only wish to do one class a week, and are prioritising places for students who are training many hours a week with us. This is to increase safety for everyone at the school in bubbles/similar groups and to mean less mixing with other students throughout the week.
ETIQUETTE IN OUR CLASSES
Go Jewellery-free. Obtrusive jewellery is potentially dangerous to you and others. If you continuously wear jewellery to class you will be asked to leave the studio.
Hair should be in a bun. Please keep your hair off your face and neck. Loose hair can be distracting for the teacher/choreographer, get in the eyes and cause problems for jumps and turns.
Wear appropriate uniform.
Please adhere to uniform guidelines for classes. The dress code allows the teacher to see your physical movements and make the proper corrections. Being properly dressed shows the teacher you are serious about your artform. You will feel more confident and dance better when properly dressed for class. We especially do not want to see big hoodies in class if they are not our official BDA ones, which should only be worn for the warm up/if it’s cold.
Bring Water. Please bring a water bottle to lessons. It is good to drink water before and after class ends. The teacher will give students the opportunity to drink when appropriate during the lesson.
Listen and Be Quiet. Listen while the dance teacher is talking. That means no talking while they’re talking. Not even quietly to your neighbour.
No Phones. Stow away the mobile phone if inside the studio or leave phones outside of the studio. Turn off—don’t just silence—your mobile phone. Putting it on vibrate can still make distracting noise.
Observe Your Classmates. When split into groups you should be watching and learning from other dancers in the room and practicing at the side. It is a sign of a good student if they are keen to watch, learn from and encourage their friends.
Be Ready to Dance. Pay attention at all times, especially when waiting for your turn. You should not be slouching or leaning on walls, and you should not sit down unless you’re asked to or you are on a break.
Be On Time. Always arrive on time and enter the studio when your class starts. If you can’t avoid being late, enter very quietly and wait for the OK from your teacher to enter the dance floor. After class, be sure to apologise for your late arrival.
Be Courteous and Respectful. At the end of class, applaud fellow students who perform, and always thank the teacher.
Be Enthusiastic and Kind. Bring enthusiasm, manners and kindness into the dance studio with you. Eye-rolling, yawning, giggling can be interpreted as disrespect towards your teacher, or can be perceived by other students as bullying behaviour. This can disrupt the flow and atmosphere of class, or affect the learning of other students in the room. If you present a negative attitude towards class or other students in the room you may be asked to sit out.
Bring A Positive Attitude. Do not use phrases like ‘I can’t do it’ or ‘I won’t’ during dance class. If you are given a correction, it means your teacher cares enough to give you helpful instruction. It is better to just remain quiet if you are finding something difficult and attempt to apply the instruction. Dance class is a place for growth, improvement and learning. Dancers should embrace failure as a part of the process.
Try Your Best. If you make the mistake of taking 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, no one will fault you for that.
Troupe Behaviour. Being a member of the competition team is a special opportunity and dancers should not miss rehearsals. If you have to miss a rehearsal and have a valid reason, the teacher should be warned in advance. It is rude to give last minute excuses for lateness/no show such as ‘sleepovers’. This is not an acceptable excuse to give to your teacher. Please consider the commitment you make to your teammates and to your teacher before you join the troupe.