Many of us would love to dance gracefully and without much hassle. However, that is not the case, as many of us have what is called “two left feet”, or rather an inability to move with the rhythm every time music plays. The ability to dance isn’t something that we are born with; we have to learn and practice if we are to be good at it. This comes naturally for some, and not so for many others.
You can’t become a pro overnight; you have to commit to practicing and correcting the little mistakes that come with such skills. Constant practice isn’t the only issue when it comes to learning how to dance. Finding a good place that teaches dancing is another problem. But this can be dealt with however, as you don’t necessarily need a dance studio in order to dance. You can do it, with or without additional help. If you want to know how, then you have come to the right article. Read on …
1. Find a dancing style you are comfortable with
This is the very first thing that you must take care off before beginning any dancing lessons. There are a ton of styles out there, from the slow jazz and ballroom to the hyper salsa and tango. Whichever you liking, make sure to have it mind. If you can hack it, you can have 2 or 3 styles that you like and commit to practicing them every day. However, the fewer the styles, the better. This is because with fewer styles to practice, you can memorize the routines much faster. It may take a while to find a style that you are suited to, so exercise patience the first few practices.
2. Do your research
As mentioned, finding a style may take a while, even if you had a rough idea in the beginning. So how do you make sure that a particular dance style is suited for you? Do some research into the dance style in the beginning. You can source information from the Internet, movies, newspapers, magazines, and so forth. Try and read into the background of the style, who came up with it, and in what occasions it is suited for. A particular style’s history may intrigue so much so that you may want to give it a try.
Nowadays, there are plenty of music TV shows that showcase dancing moves. Watch them and see if you like the moves, the rhythm and the beat. Then, as best as you can, try and copy what the dancers do. Give it a few tries, you may end up liking it.
3. Dance at your speed
When you see the TV show and online dancers move, you will most probably want to dance like they do i.e. at their speed and motion. The sad truth is, it won’t happen, not that fast. If you try and move like Jagger before it’s your time, you won’t learn the basics and it won’t be as fun for you. On the same note, if you feel that you are at an advanced stage in the learning curve, try some much difficult moves, or move to the next stage of the dancing class.
It pays to learn the basics before doing any specific moves. Warming up is also essential, since dancing is a form of exercise that will involve numerous muscles and joints in the body. It might be frustrating, but starting at the beginning will pay off down the road.
4. Make sure you are comfortable
This tip will play a lot into how fast your development as a dancer goes. Some people have no problem dancing in front of others. Other people would rather prefer to do it in their own living rooms. Don’t be pressured to dance where you aren’t comfortable. Thus, being comfortable can mean doing it alone, finding a partner, or doing it with a small group for support. Some dance styles need a partner, but before you get to that part, make sure you are okay doing it alone. And also, the dancing partner has to be someone you are comfortable with, otherwise the alternative will just stunt your development.
5. Join a dance studio or class
This step is another good way to become a dancer, as there is no substitute for learning from a professional. Many are intimidated by the thought of dancing with a professional while their skills may not be up to par. Don’t be. The whole point of such a class is to teach you how to dance, no matter how bad you may be. The best place to find a dance class may be through online searches and newspaper ads. They cost money though, so keep that in mind if you are going to join a class.
Such classes are normally divided into levels, with beginners at the lower rung and pros at the higher end. Start at the lowest, then work your way up slowly. It will be much fun that way, plus you will get the most practice you can. To get the most out of a class, invite a friend to start with you.
6. Read material, and listen to music
You won’t miss a dance book or magazine at the local bookstore, so buy it. The Internet is also filled with such insightful material, so do your homework. The intention here is to learn as much as you can about the dance style, so you can complement the moves with some actual knowledge. Listening to music also helps, as it helps you become one with the beat (however cliché it may sound, it is true). Find a song you like and dance along to it. Don’t worry if you are out of rhythm with it; that’s what you are trying to achieve!
7. Constant practice
Athletes don’t get to be good at their craft by practicing once a week. They do it every day, which is something you want to be doing at the dance routines. Make a schedule so that you can allocate enough time for dancing. Half an hour is good, if you are really busy, and an hour is even better. And it comes off as exercise, so you can never do too much of it.
All in all, it takes time, patience and constant practice to become a great dancer. You won’t become great overnight, so keep working at it. Even the best still practice constantly. Lastly, don’t forget to smile. You choose to be there, so show enthusiasm and a cheerful spirit. Who knows, you might be encouraging your partner.