Updated: Oct 9, 2021
Although reuniting for in-person classes at the Block has been such a joy, there are times where dancing from the comfort of your own home can have its benefits. For the days you select to stream a class, I've put together some tips on how to make the most of your space, and find the strongest internet connection.
Tips for Bringing Elements of the Studio into your Home
Find a spot you are comfortable in and minimize distractions - It may take a couple tries to find the best spot in your home. I recommend somewhere that you can close the door and direct all of your attention to dance!
Avoid hard surfaces for your feet - Unlike the studio, your home likely wasn't designed with dance in mind. Dancing on hard surfaces can be hard on your body. Consider opting to wear sneakers or purchasing a matt for the ground. Here's a link to the matt I use. Keep in mind I use a large mat for my home studio, smaller sizes are available.
Make it your own! Consider decorating your dancing space to create your own little oasis. Some things you could play with are string lights and mirrors. I like to decorate my space with my favorite records. I even call it my Ayreport :)
Technical Streaming Tips for the Best Connection
Close all other tabs and applications - Your computer will perform best when there is less running in the background
Find a spot close to your router - You can also try connecting to your router with an ethernet cable for an even stronger connection
If you have trouble seeing me, double tap on my picture, and it will expand
Turn off your video during class - It helps with quality to minimize the number of dancers sharing their video. You can turn off your video at the bottom of your screen.
Don't forget to socialize after class! After we finish dancing it's the perfect time to turn back on your video and chat with the rest of the Ayreheads. I will un-mute everyone at this time, and you'll also be able to use the chat function.