How to join our free online drop-in classes

West African dance

Dance Base Online Drop-In Class Information for Participants

Before the class:

Bookings for online classes close 30mins before the start time of the class, please sign up in good time.

We have a limited number of spaces in each class, so please email if you change your mind or are unable to attend your class, this will allow someone else to access the class in your space.

Classes will be streamed on Zoom. Please make sure you can access, and download the app if you can.

You will be sent the link to your class approximately 20 mins before the start time of the class. Please contact if you haven’t received your link (and it’s definitely not in your junk folder!)

You can access the link up to 15 minutes before the class start time (this gives you time to get all your tech sorted and get settled in your home studio!)

Using Zoom:

When you join the class, you are welcome to have your camera on. This will allow the teacher to see you and give you feedback. You do not have to do this and, if you would prefer not to, select camera and then turn it off.

Please keep your microphones muted during the lesson. Our moderator will be able to do this for you too.

Please do not record the class in any way.

Please find the ‘Teacher Cam’ video when you join the call, tap or click on the video, and select 'Pin Video'. This will allow you to see the teacher most clearly.

Dance Base is the ‘host’ for each Zoom call, not the teacher. There will be someone from Dance Base moderating in every class and they will be very happy to help you with any technical questions or problems. Please use the chat function to ‘contact the host’.

During the class:

For your ballet class, you will need something to use for a barre. This could be your kitchen worktop or a windowsill. If you are using the back of a chair, make sure that it is sturdy and heavy enough that it will not move when you put pressure on it.

If you are dancing on a carpet, please wear socks or soft dance shoes. If you are dancing on a smooth surface like tiles or wood, you can have bare feet, socks, or soft dance shoes.

Make sure you have enough clear space around you so that you can reach out with your arms and legs in all directions without touching anything.

Wear comfortable clothing.

If you would like to ask any questions, you can type them in the chat box at the side of the video call. Your teacher will try to look at these when they can, and they will tell you how and when they plan to answer questions within the class.

Please take responsibility for your own safety and do what feels good for your own body.

We will send you a short feedback form after your class and we would really appreciate it if you could share your thoughts and experiences. We’re all still learning and adapting to this new way of working!

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