The holidays are coming up, and for most of us, it means taking a vacation into some mystery land. Taking time off from an 80, 60 or 40 hour week is good. It allows one to replenish the energy reserves, while also getting to enjoy the free time. Now, if you are a dance addict, moving away from the normal dancing routine can be something difficult to accomplish. In this article, we tackle how you can incorporate dancing into your vacation time, pick up a few moves along the way, and simply not lose a step while having fun at the same time. These dance tips should help spice up your vacation.
Incorporating dance into your vacation gives you an opportunity to learn new things, meet new friends, and basically keep in shape throughout the holiday. And regardless of where you travel, there are bound to be some dance routines that are indigenous to the place that you probably haven’t seen before. Chances are, the dance will be native of the place, and you will find someone willing to show you how it’s done. That said, make sure to pack your dancing shoes, because you are going to be using them.
So, here are some dance tips that you use to spice up your vacation.
- Before you get on the bus or plane and head out, think about what it is you want to do. In this regard I mean do you want to learn a new dance altogether, or do you simply want a routine that will match the exercise you get at the local dance studio. Knowing what you want goes a long way in being prepared, which is something n you should be at all times.
- Do some research- before leaving on the trip- about the place you are heading to. Learn as much as possible about the people, the culture, traditions, dances, and similar stuff. Having such knowledge beforehand makes it easier for you to ask around for dance classes if you have to. Also, if you come across the dance, you won’t be in the wind about it as much as the locals might think you are.
- While there on the vacation, decide if you want to do a private class or a normal group session. Some places may offer beginner classes as part of an event, so that newbies get to interact with the local culture while also learning the dance moves. Private classes are good, but won’t give you a chance to showcase the moves to the general audience if you are into that sort of thing.
- Be sure to pack the appropriate clothes that can allow you to engage in dancing while on the vacation. Clothes should be loose fitting and comfortable, and the same goes for the shoes. Of course, the dance might require a different style of dressing, but until you get to that part, be prepared on your end.
- It helps to ask around where you can take the dance classes. If you are staying at a hotel, ask the front desk for advice on where to get the best introductory classes. They might direct you to a club or restaurant that does offer similar services. Chances are they may not know where to get private classes, which is acceptable.
- Just like you would at home, make sure to schedule your classes into your vacation time. You want to be punctual and warmed up by the time the class starts. During vacations, it might be too easy to get caught up in the fun activities and forget about the dance classes, especially if you brought the whole family along. Treat it with the same seriousness you would if you were taking the classes back at home. Otherwise, you’ll be catching a plane back home without having learnt a single new step.
- If you brought along your partner, spouse, parents, or kids, why not have the tag along to the dance classes with you. The more familiar people you have at your side, the better. Having family around will make you feel much less anxious, and you are more likely to learn any new moves faster than if you were to do it alone. You are going to make mistakes, but why not let your family members be the ones to help you work through them?
- If you decide that during the vacation you are going to try out a new dance, then buy some music and let it act as your inspiration. This all goes back to being prepared. You don’t want to walk into the dance class without an idea as to what kind of music the dance is suited to.
- Don’t be afraid to try dancing. This goes out to those who wouldn’t rate themselves as expert dancers, or have no experience at all in dancing. You don’t have to be good at it to try it. If you are on vacation and the local dance intrigues you, then by all means go ahead and try it. Trust me, it will add a whole new dimension of fun, humor, and adventure to the trip.
- Dance transcends language, culture, gender, politics, and just about everything else. Have as much fun as you can, and use the dance class to interact with other people as well. You will be amazed at what you can learn when you open up yourself to new experiences.
If you can manage to follow some of these dance tips on your next vacation, then you are bound to have a great time. Of course, there’s always the possibility that you want the vacation time to be rest time, and that’s a good thing. However, if you decide to carry along your dancing chops to the new location, you won’t regret it. And if you have a good time while at it, spread the word too. I’m sure your dancing mates back home would love to hear your experience, and probably even want to learn the new moves from you.