Congratulations! You have just enrolled in the Eastern Shore Dance Academy, the only prestigious dance school with intensive training in Cambridge, Maryland.
The first step to becoming a successful dancer is making a solid commitment to your classes, rehearsals, and performances. Come to each class prepared to learn and without personal distractions. Class time is time to focus on yourself, so try to leave your concerns and worries at the studio door. True progress is made when you look at each class, rehearsal, or performance as an opportunity to become better at what you love to do. Dance full out, stretch a little further, become more aware of your technique, and make the most of every class.
Respect for the teachers and choreographers you work with is essential. Listen to each correction given, whether it’s directed to you or another dancer. A correction is an honor; it shows you how much a teacher cares about your progress as a dancer. Always say “thank you” when a teacher or choreographer offers you constructive criticism. Nothing can stop those students who apply themselves in every class and appreciate their teacher’s knowledge and experience.
All rehearsals are dedicated to choreography or “cleaning” the choreography. A dancer who misses a rehearsal holds back the progress of the entire group. Repeating the choreography from a previous session for those who were absent takes up valuable rehearsal time, which could result in a performance that is not up to par. When we clean choreography, we may also change it. Dancers who miss a cleaning session may not be properly prepared for the up- coming performance and could end up letting themselves, their team, or the school down.
Performances are your opportunity to show the world the results of your dedication and hard work. To make the most of this opportunity:
- Arrive at performances at least one hour prior to the scheduled time (unless otherwise advised by your teachers).
- Be sure you are properly warmed-up.
- Present yourself in a professional manner, with costume pressed, shoes cleaned, and all accessories accounted for.
- Go out there and show the audience how much you love to dance!
True progress is made when you look at each class, rehearsal, or performance as an opportunity to become better at what you love to do!