Who would you kill to learn from? Because I would stab a kitten to train with Leigh Ann Orsi.
But back to the task at hand: I taught my first private lesson! So. Much. Fun.
It’s probably the control freak in me, but I love being able to work with a person for as long as they need, at their pace, and with all the corrections necessary as we go.
Group classes are great–there’s tons going on, the music is loud and the energy is high, and you always know what’s up next.
But with all that breakneck speed and “energy,” there’s always at least one person that gets left behind.
I hate that.
Usually, you just have to look the other way as people circle the pole with straight legs like a stripper-Frankenstein, or flop their weight around like a sea lion. (Mixing monster and nautical metaphors–LIKE A BOSS).
Unfortunately, many will form habits in their first class that they never quite shake.
(My inner perfectionist is twitching).
But regardless of who’s lagging behind, class has to go on–you can’t press the pause button on class time to reset everyone’s body positioning.
My student today was totally green, and we spent at least 40 minutes of the hour working on fall out and arounds. It was so great to be able to get every single part of her body placed correctly and moving properly. She might have learned only one spin in her first hour dancing, but she can walk beautifully, she knows how to leverage her weight for momentum, and she falls with control.
Even simple moves like a spin-in back bend look fantastic, because she’s aware of her shoulders, her hips, her toes–her whole body, not just the part that’s the focal point.
So which is for you–private or group lessons?
Depends on your experience taking dance cues and your goals.
Have you taken dance classes before? Are you hoping for a quick sampling of a lot of different moves? You’ll likely cover more ground in a group class. You might not learn great form, but you’ll come away with a several basic moves in your back pocket. If you have a pole to practice on at home, and/or if you’re in it for the long haul (as in, you’ll have 10 more classes to iron out your posture issues), group classes can give you a lot of fun raw material to work with.
Are you totally new to dance? Have any special considerations, like an injury, or a special goal? (like training to dance professionally, or preparing a sexy routine for an SO?) A one-on-one is probably the most efficient way to go. You can talk over your goals through with your instructor and tailor your lesson so that every minute of your time is spent on what you want to be learning.
On that note, I should say that my student today will be performing as a go-go dancer at a club. It’s important for her to look great doing whatever she does on the pole, or around it, because tip money depends on great posture, confidence, and sex appeal throughout a dance.
In other cases, people just want to learn a few tricks to play with, and that’s totally fine.
But if you want to look amazing in a short period of time–especially while just doing simple moves–there’s no substitute for a private lessons. Preferably with a form nazi (ahem).