Workshop tips & etiquette

Summer is always packed full of workshops and opportunities to learn more about our art form. Here are some tips and etiquette to make sure you’re prepared so you have a great time and learn as much as possible.

BE PREPARED! Nothing is worse than spending all that money only to forget your veil during a veil workshop! Always keep a veil and zills (and probably a cane) in your dance bag just in case you may need it. At the bottom of this post is a list of things you should have in your dance bag for most workshops. If you’re taking something unique, you may want to ask the teacher if anything else is required.


  • Most of all, be respectful of the instructor and other dancers. Please be on time. When the instructor is speaking, be quiet and raise your hand if you have a question. Don’t chat with friends the entire time. It’s fine to talk every now and then, just make sure it’s at an appropriate level.
  • Know your space. If you’re very short, make sure you can see. If you know you travel around a lot, stand on the side to give you more room. If you are not a strong dancer, stand closer to the back.
  • Bring paper and pencil to take notes. Some teachers will pass out handouts, but you never know. On breaks, take the time to write out tips/combos you want to remember.
  • Ask before filming! Many instructors get pretty upset if you video them without asking, some could care less. Make sure to ask nicely before you do it.
  • Ask before using their material. If you’re going to be using their choreography, make sure it’s ok first and ALWAYS mention their name in the credits. Stealing material to use as your own is very disrespectful.
  • If for any reason you have an issue with another dancer or the teacher, do not bring it to attention during the class. Either let it go or mention it afterwards if it needs attention or a resolution.
  • It is ok to sit down. Classes can sometimes be very strenuous, especially if you’re spending all day taking them. Listen to your body. If you need to sit or take a break, that’s perfectly fine. Sitting for the entire workshop and filming or talking on the phone, however, is disrespectful.
  • Do not teach the other dancers. It is the instructor’s job. If you have a question, ask them. If your friends have quick questions (for example on which direction a turn goes), that’s fine. Do not point out other dancers mistakes.

9)      HAVE FUN!!!


Zills Veil Cane
Paper/pencil Phone (filming or photos if possible) Workout clothes
Cash/check (in case you can purchase music/DVDs Dance shoes (if necessary) Hip scarf (preferably not jingly)

***Did I miss something? Make a comment and I will add it to the list! ***

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