I have three types of students. The first group is eager for advice, always asks for help and likes the instructor watching them and giving them feedback. The second will ask for help occasionally when in real need and tend to not care if the instructor comes around. The last group is the type to really get nervous when the instructor comes around, usually will not ask for help and prefers to learn privately.

I am always aware when I stress students out. So I just wanted to send out a message to the students to tell them not to worry when the instructors, assistants and helpers come around to you. They aren’t judging you – they are only trying to help you become the best dancer you can be. As much as it feels like you are on display it is always beneficial to get feedback. So even though I know I am stressing group #3 out, I will still pass by you, watch and give you advice. I know it is uncomfortable for you but I feel like I am not doing my job or giving you the best experience possible if I didn’t do this.

So next time an instructor approaches you and you are feeling self-conscious, just imagine that instructor as a beginner dancer in class just like you struggling to get a cross body lead!