A dance workshop is essentially an open dance class that anybody is free to attend. Attending workshops is a fantastic way for dancers to broaden their experience, step outside their comfort zones, make connections and discover new ways to move and create. Some favourite workshops that DS dancers have attended this year have been DEFYXBABE dance editorial, Travis Wall and Lisa Ellis Dance Prescription.
Often when attending a workshop you’ll be in a completely new space with lots of new people. Sometimes this can be quite overwhelming but you should remember that you’re all there for the same reason; because you love to dance!
Every workshop is run completely different to the next, but as a general outline here’s what to expect. Most workshops run a warm-up at the beginning of class but to be safe you should warm yourself up while you wait just in case. Then depending on the workshop, you’ll either begin some sort of exercise or combo. Many workshops will involve a lot of listening, as teachers tend to have a specific message or goal to share, use this down-time to really apply any corrections and share their vision during class. At the end of every workshop you should thank the teacher and greet anybody you met goodbye, it will be handy and nice to have some familiar faces to see next time!
Workshops are a great place to connect with other dancers (both students and teachers) from all over the world. It is so important to make friends with other people in the dance community, especially with those from different studios because as you grow older you may be working or dancing alongside them! It’s also great to create a positive dance community and get to know the people who also share a passion for dance.
- Introduce yourself to new people!
- Come in with an open mind
- Be engaged! – soak up everything you learn so you can apply it later
- Always thank your teacher and assistants at the end of the workshop
- Have fun! Enjoy the experience and don’t take yourself too seriously
We would love to hear about some of your dance workshop experiences! have you ever been to one? Is there one that you’re dying to go to? Comment below!