Have you ever had an uncomfortable conversation with your teacher about being late to class? I definitely have. 99% of the time your teacher will have this discussion with you if you are ever late. There are many reasons why this is standard for dance teachers and studios.
When a student is late to class, it is disruptive to the teacher and other students as well as your own learning skills that are being disrupted. Being on time means the full benefits of class are being received as well as focus and direction that are being applied accordingly to the overall growth of the student. This also develops the necessary discipline and character that one can carry these wonderful qualities throughout their life, as well as creating positive habits.
Another reason why it is essential to arrive to class on time is because studios run onschedules and specific class times, which means being on time is important so the natural flow of classes are not disturbed nor delayed. Why have classes run on specific times if people are late? Make sense? Being late also means that important material is being missed. Even if it is just 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes, once class has started there is already material being taught that is missed by arriving late to class. Of course there are times where being late is unavoidable for whatever reason, but making it into a habit is never good. Please do your best to arrive on time so you receive all the amazing benefits that come along!
Lastly, there is more time to enjoy preparing for class. Being able to stretch, eat, socialize, have water, etc. As well as it being very beneficial exercise for the students and parents will always know where they are as long as they are in dance class!
I hope this has helped to understand why it is important to be on time to class. If you have any questions or concerns please comment below. Thank you so much for reading – happy dancing!
Melissa Briggs is one of Dance & Company’s instructors; she teaches Ballet 1 Youth on Monday’s 6:30-7:30pm, as well as subs all ballet levels. She also works the front desk on Monday’s and Saturday’s, so be sure to say hello and give her a big smile if you are in at any of those times!