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12 Class Etiquette Rules Dance Teachers Swear By

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Part of preparing your students for the professional world is teaching them class etiquette that they can take with them when they leave. Different jobs will require different expectations for manners and behavior, but there are certain principles that are stalwarts across the industry.

We reached out to dance teachers across the nation for 12 rules that most dance teachers swear by. Let us know over on our Facebook page what other rules should be on this list.


1. Don't chew gum.

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2. Don't talk while the teacher, choreographer or director is talking.

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3. Don't fold your arms.

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4. Don't look at the clock.

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5. Don't distract other dancers.

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6. Don't come to a class, rehearsal or performance unprepared.

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7. Don't be on your phone during class, rehearsal or a performance.

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8. Don't gossip.

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9. Get ready for the combo as the teacher is walking to the stereo rather than after.

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10. Don't say "can't."

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11. Always say "thank you" after class.

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12. Always support and give your love and energy to those who are dancing.

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