You see the ads all the time, plastered throughout the pages in any dance magazine you flip through. They are everywhere, traveling to almost every major city around the United States. Hundreds of dancers travel hundreds of miles and pay hundreds of dollars to attend a weekend of dance classes by dance professionals from around the country.
Is it worth it? Many dance parents might ask, “Why should I pay for my son/daughter to take MORE classes when I’m already paying for them to take class every week?” Or “What could they possibly learn in two days that would be worth paying a couple hundred dollars for?” Logical questions indeed. The instruction your dancer gets from your studio classes may very well be top notch, extraordinary, and professional quality– and to a dancer who may only be coming to class each week because it’s fun, or for exercise, this might be all they need to get what they want out of dance in their life. But for the serious dancer, the one who is passionate about the art, the one who can’t live without it and wants nothing more than to become the best dancer that they can be, weekly studio classes may not be enough.
This past weekend, I attended a dance convention with a handful of dancers from our studio. I can tell you right now, it was DEFINITELY worth it!
Taking class in a new environment, surrounded by new and extremely talented dancers, taught by incredible faculty really opens your eyes! It is inspirational in so many ways and brings a breath of fresh air to your dancing soul. It enables you to try new styles of dance, or learn something new in a style you take class in every week.
It is important for dancers to really explore the world of dance and get a good taste of what is out there. There are hundreds of thousands of good dancers in this world. But to become a great dancer, you must be well rounded; open yourself up and throw yourself into a wide variety of styles and techniques. My best advice would be to take as many different classes as you possibly can afford on a weekly basis, and attend as many conventions and intensives as you can! The more dancing you subject yourself to, the better chance you will have to advance to the level that you are pursuing.
Happy Dancing, Everyone!
~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD