When I first started teaching, I remember sitting in my car rehearsing my before class spiel. I had listened to many instructors give their introductions to the class and had tried to pick out what I liked and include them in mine.
The basic script goes something like:
Hi, my name is (your name here) and welcome to (the name of your class). This is a (#) min/hr class. Remember to drink lots of water during and after your workout. And most importantly, have fun!
There are some classes that I don’t even need to do an introduction for (because it has the same people who come every week), and there are others that I add much more information to.
Some other key points that I may include in my class introduction include:
- If it hurts, don’t do it. You know your body best.
- Remember to lift up your heals when moving your hips so you don’t hurt your knees.
- Try to keep moving. If you need less intensity you can simply march in place, and if you need more intensity make the moves bigger and get down lower.
- Be aware of others around you.
I also usually ask if there is anyone new to dance fitness classes. If there are new students I make sure to do a very thorough explanation of the class and let them know what they can expect. I also make sure to simplify some of the more complicated dance moves for them and try to position myself so they can see me.
This is also a good time to mention other times you teach classes (at that location) or any other announcements that you may have. As a heads up, there are some gyms who will not let you make announcements for anything not associated with that gym, so make sure to read and understand the policies for each facility.