In The Little Mermaid, Ursula tells Ariel “don’t underestimate the importance of body language.” The line is true in real life, and it’s important to pay attention to dance teacher body language in the classroom!
Think about how your body language motivates and encourages your students (or, if the body language is negative, how it might deter your students). Your posture, engagement, confidence, and connectivity influences your class as much as your verbal language.
Do you find yourself standing in open or closed positions?
Do you allow yourself to roam around the classroom, engaging with students, or do you find yourself in a more stationary position?
How do your students react when you move around them?
Do you ever catch yourself with tight shoulders?
Try and monitor your facial expressions during the next dance class. Are you smiling more often than not? Frowning? Do those frowns come at appropriate moments?
If you make even slight adjustments to your dance teacher body language, you will be surprised at the difference it can make in the energy of your classroom!