Dance lessons for the Introverted
Are you an introvert? People often think that extroverted people are outgoing and introverted people are just shy, but it is not that simple. Being an introvert is a personality trait. The key is how you get your energy. Extroverts draw energy from groups of people. Introverts draw energy from spending time alone and become exhausted by groups of people.
Dance lessons are generally thought of as a social activity. So how does that affect the introverts among us? If you want to learn to dance, but worry that the social interaction will leave you exhausted and looking for the exit, try these strategies.
- Be prompt, but don't get to your lesson too early. If standing around, making conversation with people exhausts you, you will be burned out before you start. You want to dance!
- At some point, you will need to meet some of your fellow students. Make the first move. Look for someone who appears socially uncomfortable. Then introduce yourself and ask them if they have taken dance lessons before.
- Once the lesson starts, pay close attention to the instructor. Be polite to others, but don't worry about making conversation. You don't have to be outgoing. You are there to learn to dance.
Remember that many people are extremely nervous about dancing in public and find support in social interaction. As an introvert, you probably don't benefit from the social interaction. All you need is music and a good instructor.
When choosing a dance class, first think about what type of dancing you prefer. Do you want to learn ballroom or Latin style? How about the tango, or swing dancing? Then consider what type of class you would prefer. You could begin with a combination of private dance lessons and practice parties. Or you could take dance classes with a group of friends or family members, so that you feel comfortable and relaxed.
No matter what type of class you choose, remember, it isn't a class in how to socialize. It is a dance class. Focus on the joy you feel when you dance. That feeling is out there, waiting for you. For further information, contact us.