Spend time away from the mirror

Spend time away from the mirror

Mirrors can be a great teaching tool, but they can also create self-surveillance and negative self-talk for dancers if they are constantly looking at themselves in a mirror. Consider how much you need to use mirrors in your dance class and consider covering them up sometimes or facing the class away from them. Instead students can focus on how they feel doing the movements rather than how they look in a mirror.

Use time away from the mirror at the end of each class to practice the steps/routine they’ve just learnt. This may also help students prepare for the end of year performance where there are no mirrors.