When you go to conventions, you have access to some of the most talented and knowledgeable people in the dance world right at your fingertips. The teachers might be just out of reach when they are on stage, but throughout the course of the convention weekend, they are likely more than happy to give you advice. You just have to approach them the right way.

Be Professional

Like any sort of networking, approaching teachers needs to be done respectfully. This is especially true at conventions when teachers are working with very busy schedules. So, when you go up to a teacher, introduce yourself. Even if the teacher has seen you in class a million times, this small courtesy will start a polite conversation and help them remember who you are in the future. Make sure to introduce yourself to teachers after class! You wouldn’t want to interrupt an entire class for a personal conversation with a teacher.

Be Quick

Again, teachers at dance conventions are busy people. If you want to talk to a teacher, chances are you won’t have all day to do it. Be prepared to introduce yourself and ask a few important questions. You can always ask for their email or some other way to get more advice from them later if you want. Focus on making a good first impression and setting the groundwork for future conversations.

Speak For Yourself

If you want to be seen as a professional, you have to act like one. Don’t have one of your parents go chase down a teacher to ask for advice or information for you! It might be nerve-wracking to talk to a professional dancer and maybe even meet one of your idols, but you’ll gain a lot more from the experience if you go up to them yourself. Chances are they’ve had a similar experience, and they’ll understand any nervousness.

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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.