Frequently Asked Questions
Congratulations!! You have taken your first step in taking a class, whether it is professionally or just for fun!
Q: Are you a beginner or just looking for a workout that offers amazing health benefits?
A: Well it's time to dance your way into fun and fitness! Dance is an exciting alternative to the traditional exercise routine. Dance can burn over 60 calories for every 10 minutes you are getting your groove on. So if you hate the Stair Master or if you would rather do your taxes than lift weights, check out our sensational variety of dance classes. Whatever your experience or ability, come join us to experience the invigorating effects of dance. Even if you think you have two left feet, our highly qualified staff will replace one of them with a good right foot ... in no time at all you'll be dancing like you've been doing it forever.
Q: I haven't danced or taken a class for many years. Is there a class for me?
A: Yes, we offer a variety of classes just for you! If you haven't danced in a minute, we suggest that you begin taking one of our Explore or Beginner level classes. Once your mind and body become familiar with the movements and the terminology, you will be ready to jump into one of our intermediate classes. It's never too late to start back and you will be surprised at how quickly you will remember!
Q: Are you a professional looking to develop your technical skills?
A: We provide professional, quality training for the serious student looking for a career in dance. GDA has a history of excellence in providing well rounded professional dance training to thousands of dancers, many who have performed all over the country. We are proud to have an experienced, dedicated faculty, with high standards of professional excellence, encouraging and challenging talented students in all styles of dance.
Q: Can I observe a class before I take?
A: Yes, observation windows are available for viewing. You may not stand in the studio and watch.
Q: Can I video tape a class?
A: No, you may not video or photograph any classes. Still cameras, videos and audio recorders are restricted at all times inside the studios.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Just check out our daily class schedule and decide which class you would like to take.
Q: Can I register for a class online?
A: Yes, we offer an online class reservation system. This gives you the option to sign in for your favorite class prior to arriving at the studio. You can also purchase class cards, and view your attendance and purchase history. To register, please visit our Class Schedule page.
Q: If I register online, do I need to sign in at the front desk?
A: Yes, please remember you will still need to sign the attendance sheet at the front desk. When you arrive for class, please sign-in at our front desk before any class that you take. Remember, please print clearly on the sign-in sheet; we don't want to disturb you while you are in class.
Q: Should I sign-in for class online or wait until I arrive at studio?
A: Yes, you can register and sign-in for a class online; however, since our classes fill up quickly, we encourage you to sign-in online and reserve your space in class. To sign in for class, please visit our Class Schedule page.
Q: How much is a class?
A: Your first class is only $5.00! For our additional rates, please visit our Class Rates page.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Many students wear dance or workout clothes that you can move comfortably in. Sneakers are appropriate for our hip hop and fitness classes. Jazz shoes are appropriate for jazz, ballet shoes for ballet and many of our students prefer to dance barefoot for our lyrical, contemporary and modern classes. For any of our stretch or yoga classes, we suggest that you do not wear any shoes.
Q: How do I know which class or level to take?
A: If you are unsure, you are welcome to observe class (at no charge) prior to taking them. If it is your first time at the studio, we recommend taking a level that is lower for the following reasons; you may be unfamiliar with a teacher's style, classes may be harder than what you are accustomed to, and you might want to acclimate yourself to new surroundings. If you haven't danced in many years, you'll want to reintroduce your body and muscles slowly. Remember, if you've chosen a class that is not best for you, we will happily switch you to another class. Please visit our Class Descriptions page for a complete explanation of levels.
Q: How long will it take me to progress from one level to the next?
A: Progression varies from student to student and really depends on the individual and how often you attend class. Dancing is a physical skill so it does take repetition to improve.
Q: What is the age requirement for classes?
A: Anyone over the age of 12 has access to our full schedule of classes, although some classes are not appropriate for persons under 18. Our students range from age 15 to 60. Remember, it's never to late to start dancing.
Q: Do you offer children's classes?
A: We also offer kids ballet, hip hop and jazz classes for age 6-12. Visit out our kids website at www.got2dancekidz.net.
Q: How are classes structured?
A: Our hip hop and fitness classes typically have a 10-15 minute warm-up period, followed by choreography (a dance combination) and a cool down. The majority of our technical classes (jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical) consist of a 30-minute warm-up. 15-20 minutes of progressions, (across the floor work) the remainder of the class is spent on choreography.
Q: Will I be the only student who is a beginner and never danced?
A: No, not by a long shot! You will also be surrounded by other beginning students; whom like yourself, have never danced before.
Q: How should I prepare for my first class?
A: Just bring yourself, your friends, and the desire to learn and have fun. Most people come in comfortable work out wear. Regardless, it's a dance class, so you should be comfortable! Sneakers are appropriate to wear in our hip hop or fitness classes, but make it difficult to turn or move your feet in our technical classes.
Q: I'm new to dance, will I feel foolish or out of place?
A: This is the number one concern for many people, and it's totally valid! No, you will not look foolish, be embarrassed or feel out of place. You will be surrounded by other's, like yourself, whom have never danced. It doesn't matter if you feel you have no rhythm, grace or you feel too shy! Now is the time to learn! Explore and Beginner classes cater to beginners and make the learning process fun and simple. Dance will change your life!
Q: The class seems difficult, what should I do?
A: Remember; don't give up after the first class or your first week! When you attend your first dance class, you have already won half the battle of learning to dance. You have made it this far; you are in class! Even if your first class or week doesn't go quite how you expected, give yourself time and you will be surprised how quickly you get the hang of it. Remember, don't be self-conscious and don't panic, our instructors are here to help.
Q: What if I miss a class?
A: All of our classes are ongoing, so there's no beginning or end. If you miss a class don't worry about it…just jump right back in the next class!
Q: How long does this really take?
A: There is no set time limit as each individual is different. Remember, it doesn't happen overnight, but yet, you'll be dancing, better than you thought possible after your very first class!
Q: I'm an Intermediate dancer, what about me?
A: First off, congratulations! You made the jump to the next level, and we both know it's not easy. Gotta Dance Atlanta offer a wide variety of intermediate classes to choose from.
Q: I'm an Advanced dancer, what about me?
A: We offer a variety of advanced classes for students who excel; most are titled advanced or professional.
Q: Should I take from different instructors at Gotta Dance Atlanta?
A: We encourage you to take classes from multiple instructors, the more the better. We've got the absolute best teachers at Gotta Dance Atlanta to choose from, so there's never a bad choice.
Q: Do you provide lockers and showers?
A: Yes, showers and lockers are available. We recommend that you utilize our lockers for your personal items. Locks are available for rent or to purchase at our front desk.
Q: What are the benefits of learning to dance?
A: There are almost too many to mention! The following lists some important reasons why you should give it a try.
- It will aid you in life: In way's you can't possibly imagine! You'll become more productive at work, more focused, more fulfilled, and far more self-confident! You'll carry yourself in an entirely different way.
- It will give you an amazing workout: You will be using muscles you never thought you had! You will get in great shape, increase your coordination and flexibility and you will LOSE WEIGHT!
- Connect with other people: At least 50% of the enjoyment of learning dance is having the opportunity to meet new friends and connect with other people and at the same time have a fun night out.
- More fun than you have ever had: That's quite a lofty benefit, but for many, they find that dancing is just the element that has been missing from their lives. If you join in and try your best without taking it too seriously you will have a great time!
There are so many other reasons. Can you think of more great reasons to learn to dance? Send us an email at info@.got2dance.net. We look forward to seeing you in class!!!
Make it fun and let loose! We suggest picking a dance style that appeals most to you, and then giving yourself at least a month to decide whether it's really for you. Keep in mind that if it's your first time dancing, it might take you a few classes to get in the groove. As they say, "Repetition is the mother of all skill."
If you are worried about not being able to follow along with the rest of the class, remember you didn't learn how to walk in one day. Standing behind someone who seems to know what they're doing is a great trick. When taking a dance class for fitness, it's all about having fun and getting a great workout! you master the moves, the real fun begins. Add your own style and "Dance like no one's watching."