Taking a (literal) Leap of faith: First steps into the world of dance
The dance community in Singapore is a sight to behold – a plethora of different styles, participated in by individuals of all backgrounds, ages and interests. Whether you are a social dancer looking to meet and connect with new people, or a competitive dancer trying to get to the top of your game, Singapore’s Dance Scene will have a place for you.
While those of us already immersed in this culture of dance know how welcoming and accepting our community can be, it is hard to ignore that it can also be overwhelming for those trying to enter this brave new world. The lights and sparkles can often be blinding, the boom of beats and music deafening, and the very variety and diversity that make the dance scene so vibrant and colourful can come across as garish and intimidating for someone on the fence of joining.
Finding your footing as you begin navigating the dance world (and floor) can be a nerve wrecking experience. But you aren’t alone in this feeling. Many of us have experienced the fears that we may not fit in or be able to keep up in class. Whether it’s taking your first dance class ever, dancing with a new group of people for the first time, or taking up a new style, it can be easy to let these fears keep you out of the dance studio.
Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to help assuage any doubts you have, so that you can take a leap of faith into the world of dance – a leap that will hopefully turn into a grand jete!
1. Talk to your friends
Have a chat with your friendly neighbourhood dancer if you have any questions! They may be able to share their experiences with you, reassure you of any fears you may have, and will most likely be able to make a few recommendations to get you started! Even if they don’t dance the style(s) that you’re interested in, they might be able to help you look around for classes and studios, and more importantly provide a supportive environment in which you can begin your dance journey.
2. Take some trial classes
Committing to a new dance style and to a studio can seem like a big step, but fortunately it does not have to be your first one. Many studios offer trial classes, which is the perfect opportunity to try out the dance style you’re interested in! Equally as important, trial classes give you the opportunity to have a look around the studio to see if you feel comfortable in their space. Whether the style and the studio are a good fit for you are both important considerations that can help you feel more comfortable as you start dancing.
If you don’t know where to start, check out the dance classes held in Free Movement’s very own studio here.
3. Ask the Studio
Most studios will provide a phone number, chat line or email address that you can contact them by, and this is a great way to reach out and clarify and doubts you may have. Studio owners will be able to help you figure out which classes might interest you the most, and will often work together with you to find the best way to ease you into the dance world.
4. Go with a friend
Like everything else in life, it’s always easier (and more fun) to try something new when you have a friend beside you. If you’re worried about being alone or feeling self-conscious, ask a friend to tag along to a trial class with you! You might feel more comfortable with a familiar face around, and having a friend dance with you can only be a positive experience – at best you’ll find a new activity that you enjoy, and even if you didn’t enjoy the class or feel it’s not for you, you still had a memorable experience your friend. Win-win!
5. Talk to us!
If you have any burning questions and don’t know where else to turn to, fret not! You can always write in to us and we’ll try our best to provide help. Check out our running list of frequently asked questions and recommendations if you’re looking for something new to try! If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, write into us and we’ll try to answer your questions as best we can!