Are the classes sequential? Do I need to attend a whole series to “get it”?
No! Every class is drop-in friendly, and is designed to support new or nearly-new students along with experienced students. Every class will have cues that will help you understand what to do, and you just follow along with what is happening so you can start whenever you want or drop in when it works for you. Only a few songs will change from class to class so there is some variety, but you get a chance to learn the moves to most of the songs in the playlist.
And I always encourage students to just march in place or step tap side-to-side if something doesn't make sense, or we do something that you do not want to do. Every move is optional.
I am an introvert. Will this be awful or OK?
Well... I'm a total introvert too (in the tests I always get 80-90% introvert!). I actually move my feet in dancey ways to not be as socially anxious, even outside of the studio! Most people are pretty shocked to learn that, considering I'm yelling and jumping around on a stage for an hour 🙂
But anyway, this form of fitness was and is exactly what my terribly introverted and socially anxious mind needed in life. And I know for sure that many of the other participants in class would call themselves introverted (and they keep coming back!) Anyway, I can't promise it will work for you too, but I think it's worth trying for at least a few classes to see what happens. You do not ever need to talk to anyone, and you can stand wherever works best for you in the room. The amount of "social" that you want out of class is entirely up to you. I find dance fitness is a real nice balance to an introverted life.
Do I need to be able to dance? Or require a certain level of fitness?
Nope! This is a fitness class - we move to music in a variety of ways. It isn't a choreography class or a dance competition. It's meant for someone to walk in without needing any dance experience, or even fitness experience. The moves stay relatively simple, and you will see the same kind of move pop up repeatedly during the class. Every move is optional too - you can always choose to walk in place for anything that isn't clear, or isn't right for your body.
You do not need to be athletic or at a certain level of fitness to attend. If you are cleared by a doctor to participate in cardio fitness, you are good to go. You can always change the move to what is appropriate for your body, condition, or fitness level. You can reduce or increase the intensity level at any time during the class.
The music is too loud or too quiet. Can you fix it?
This is always a challenge (especially because I stand behind the speakers where it's hard for me to hear too), but there are some solutions! The volume will be radically different depending on where you are in the room, which facility we are in, and can vary song to song and within a song too. Also, everyone's ears are very different depending on hearing abilities, hearing devices, and so on.
I try really hard to set a suitable volume for an enjoyable dancing experience, and use the volume control on my watch during class and within software prior to class to keep it as consistent as possible. But here are a few notes about how to position yourself in the room to best suit whether you want or need louder or quieter sound:
- In Qualicum Beach Community Hall sound is a bit of a challenge due to echo and acoustics. I point the speakers towards the center of the room so the sides are quieter (even somewhat near the front of the room). It is also significantly quieter near the back of the room during class. If you want a lower volume, position yourself to the side or back of the room.
- In Errington Hall the acoustics are pretty fantastic, so the sides of the room are not much quieter even if I point the speakers towards the center. The volume is however always lower near the back of the room, and I've been told that it's still really easy to see (including feet) due to the height of the stage in the hall.
If this doesn't resolve an issue, there are also excellent ear plugs available at very reasonable prices online that allow limited sound in - you can still hear and follow the music, but the plugs will reduce the volume.
And as always, if there is ever an issue or further questions, please come talk to me!
I want a class at (insert time or location here). Can you add one?
At this time this answer is entirely up to local gyms and organizations, as I'm not renting facilities myself to run my own independent classes at the moment. However, I am very interested in adding new classes at your favorite gym to my schedule!
Gyms and organizations add classes as a result of participant/client demand, and stick around at a location (or have a new class added by the same organization) only if enough people attend.
So if you would like my class at a certain location, please let your local gym or organization know! Feel free to send them this website and/or my contact information, and I'm more than happy to help with contact information for someone I might already know. Your feedback is what they listen to when setting up programming, and if they reach out I'm happy to chat with anyone about adding a new class. And thank you for being interested in a new class!
(And yes, this FAQ does sound really weird... I honestly do get asked this one quite regularly and always flattered. And I'm adding it only because yes I'd love to add another class to my schedule 😉 )