Going to dance school is something that should be fun especially as many people will be learning it as a hobby or hoping to take it up professionally as a dancer. It's important to find a dance school or studio that'll help you in achieving your goals whilst keeping you interested in the subject.
Making the wrong decision can leave you paying a lot of money for a course which is neither suitable for you nor is going to help you go where you want to go. So how do you know which is the right school?
You'll probably have many options for dance schools you can attend. It may sound new age but very often your heart will make the right decision. If you have your heart set on a particular school or studio and it's always been you dream to go there, then going with your heart will more times than not be the right decision.
If your heart is not set on a certain dance school though there are several things you may wish to consider. The first is where you want to go with your dancing and what you will learn at the dance school.
For example an aspiring ballerina would not think of going to anything other than a ballet school, however people who wanted to star in Broadway or Westend shows have made the decision to go to a ballet school and later regretted it because they realised they needed skills in other styles like tap or jazz as well as ballet to succeed.
Most of the time common sense will tell you the subjects and dance styles you'll need to learn to succeed in your chosen field in dance. If you're unsure ask other experienced dancers or do your research on the internet to find out which dance styles you should be concentrating on.
Dancers in certain dance styles aren't required to go to a dance school and come out with a degree. In this case you should seek out the best teachers and trainers you can in your field.
For example if all you want to be is a popper, you'll most likely find there aren't any full-time schools specialising in this. So you'll be responsible for your own education and may want to seek out people like the Electric Boogaloos (staying with the popping example) or other pioneers in the field.
Even if you don't need to go to a dance school for the area of dance you want to get into you'll probably find it beneficial as it'll make you more employable. Sometimes unexpectedly your skills in one arena of dance will open doors in another area.
One other thing is to find teachers who'll want to help you succeed and believe in and understand you. If your teachers play down your goals, or don't understand what you want to achieve they probably aren't right for you.
When you visit the school you should enjoy the atmosphere as you'll be spending a lot of time there and having fun on any open days or summer short courses is a great indicator that you would enjoy being at the school on a more permanent basis.
Kevin Shwe writes for Dance Gel , a dance portal with the latest news, dancing tips. It also features a dance directory with everything from dance schools to DVDs.