Top 3 Dance Fears And How To Overcome Them
While the reasons for choosing to take dance lessons are pretty straight-forward, practical, and logical, the reasons to not learn to dance are often more complex.
Over the years working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and stories, these are some of the most popular reasons we’ve noticed cause people to choose not to bring dance into their lives.
Although they may have held some of our students back initially, these fears were overcome quickly through dance itself!
1. Lack of Confidence In Ability
“I could never learn to dance — I have two left feet!”
“I can’t dance; I have no rhythm.”
“It looks too hard; there’s no way I could do that!”
These are phrases we have heard regularly from friends, acquaintances, and even family members whenever the subject of dance comes up in conversation. It’s our suspicion that everybody fears this at some point in their life when thinking about dancing.
Having a fear of ability can prey on our confidence and vulnerabilities, but there is good news.
We have never had a student who couldn’t acquire some dancing abilities through consistent lessons and practice!
In fact, this is one of the fastest fears to be overcome as people realize just how capable they are of dancing — they just didn’t know it!
If this is something you are concerned about and it is preventing you from reaching out, just take a quick look through the testimonials from our students and trust that if they can do it, so can you!
2. Social Anxiety
Social anxiety can have a paralyzing affect on our decision-making process, especially in the world of partnership dancing. When you are on the dance floor, you are face-to-face with a whole bunch of people.
For some, this can be the most positive aspect of dancing, but for others it can send little terror monkeys to the brain. Especially if you have had a negative experience of that type in previous group class or other dance settings.
Because of that, we work hard to make sure your first experience on our dance floor is just you (and your partner) with an instructor to guide you.
When your teacher feels the time is right and you are ready, then you will have the opportunity to participate in our semi-private group classes with other couples and individuals dancing at your skill level.
Everything about our dance programs and teaching processes are designed for your confidence and comfort in mind.
We know that stepping outside of your comfort zone can be intimidating, but we have seen time and again the benefit of expanding your social experiences in a safe, friendly, fun environment.
Whether introverted or extroverted, quiet or outgoing, our students enjoy building social connections through the wonderful world of dance. We can’t wait to see your confidence grow as you (in your own time) branch out in social dancing!
3. Fear of rejection
This fear is a big one, particularly for our gentlemen. Nothing feels worse than working up the courage to ask a lovely young lady to dance, only to have her say no. Except maybe not asking at all because you assume she will say no.
Fear of rejection keeps many people from doing things that they would otherwise enjoy.
Because of this, we have a rule at Arthur Murray Dance Schools that nobody is allowed to say “no” to a dance! Somewhat of an expression though because our students love to dance and practice their skills.
Once you are comfortable dancing with your instructors or your partner (if you are dancing as a couple), you can practice dancing in group classes with everyone in your skill level, then practice at our parties with others.
When you’re comfortable in our studio dance environments, you can take your confidence to our dance events outside the studio, or even ‘to the streets’ and clubs!
For every reason not to try something new, there are a hundred wonderful reasons why you should. The hardest part is just taking the chance. Once you schedule your first lesson and walk through those doors, we know your life will change in an amazing way.
Take a chance and see what happens!