I have just returned to the office from one of my Tuesday morning dance classes. I absolutely love this class! All the women are fantastic sports and we genuinely have such a giggle. Many...if not all, have been through tough situations in their personal lives recently and I don't think I'm speaking out of turn when I say that our dance class is their one hour of escape and time for themselves and a necessity to help them deal with whatever life throws at them. The bond they share as a group, the confidence and support they gain from the class and each other...and of course the laughter, have a lot to do with that.
Being an advocate for wellbeing and happiness, my intention is that all of our dance classes and workshops not only teach fantastic dance technique but also build confidence, self respect and a feeling of empowerment regardless of age, gender and backgrounds of the people attending. This is of upmost importance to myself and the others that work within the organisation as it is the very soul of our company. Yes, dance and movement is the initial medium that attracts different people to come together to form a group and it is very important to deliver highly professional and correct instruction in the relevant dance techniques that you are teaching. But, if your intention from the beginning is to use your gifts and skills to help people to grow into the best that they can be emotionally, physically and mentally helping them to feel supported and loved, then the process itself can go way beyond just learning of a bunch of steps or improving dance technique. And for me, this is where the real magic happens!
So here is my top tip for today to help you incorporate more love into your classes and workshops regardless of what you teach. Only together can we make this world a better place.
TOP TIP FOR TODAY:
GET INTO A CIRCLE- Don't just stand at the top of the class and have everybody facing towards you in the same direction. Although this has been the typical template for all instructors of dance, yoga, pilates, fitness classes and many many more...the list goes on, it means that their attention is only on you. This is not conducive to helping them feel bonded as a group nor does it empower them in any way. Being in a circle will help your students to connect with the group, feel included and believe the are valued as an important member of the group which over time can lead to all sorts of increases in confidence, and a feeling of being safe and supported. Once this is achieved, that feeling of empowerment and increased self worth echoes in all other parts of their lives and you will be inundated by their feedback, messages, thank you cards and comments about what a difference the class has made to them. Even if some of your students aren't particularly going through anything tough in their lives in this moment, they will still appreciate this simple technique because ultimately, everybody responds well to feeling included and a valued part of something they enjoy. Sure, there will be times in the class that a circle is impractical and you will need to teach them using the typical template as stated above but when you don't absolutely need to use this format then don't. Never ever underestimate the power of the circle! It has the ability to transform your class and transform a lot of lives.
Join me next week for more tips of how you can bring in the love....