Always adequately warm-up your body and stretch out your muscles before beginning any dance class. (Even if the teacher includes a warm-up in his or her class it is best to do your own anyways!)
Make sure you have the correct shoes and attire on. Note that socks can be very slippery on certain dance floors.
Do not take a class that is beyond your skill level. (See our skill level chart to make sure you know where you stand.) Without knowing the basics you will not be able to safely learn more advanced skills and could injure yourself.
Take off all jewelry especially hoop or dangling earrings and sharp rings.
Drink plenty of water (avoid sugary drinks) and make sure you eat a healthy meal/snack prior to class. With the correct nutrients you will have the energy and strength to perform at your highest potential.
Be respectful and polite to your teacher and fellow dancers so that everyone has a positive experience.