Dancing is a popular form of artistic expression that is not only beautiful to watch but also has positive effects on the dancer. It is believed to relieve stress and connect the body, mind and soul of the dancer. However, learning to dance well isn’t very easy; it takes time. Don’t worry though if you wish to learn to dance quickly. It can be done with the following tips from our side and lots of effort from your side.
There are many types of dances you can choose from to learn, so the first step is to figure out the ones you want to learn. For the best results, you can choose about two to three styles that are not too dissimilar i.e. if you want to learn more than one style at a time. Here are some of the most common types of dances and a little bit about them.
Ballet is a classical form of dance that tells a story through different movements, and ballet movements are often used, with improvisations, in other styles of dance as well. Learning ballet quickly involves lots of practice with slow movements and perfecting poses correctly, and lots of stretching exercises to make your body more fluid. If you don’t want to learn classical ballet, you can also learn modern ballet which ditches the rigid classical moves for moves that focus more on the dancer’s self expression. It is still ballet, but modern ballet is probably easier to learn in a short period of time.
This is a fun, seductive dance whose origins are still debated today. It is characterized by rolling and sharp movements of the abdomen and body. If you learn the right techniques, belly dance is quite easy to learn; however perfecting the movements to look natural will take practice if you are stiff in the waist and hips.
Latin dance is a sexy and passionate dance to learn if you want to learn a form of partner dance. Latin dance involves a lot of fast leg change movements which creates the effect of seductively moving hips. If you are quick on your feet Latin is an excellent dance to learn, but even if you aren’t with lots of practice you will gracefully pull of this dance eventually.
Hip Hop Dance
Very popular among the younger generation, hip hop dancing involves moves that work the whole body in different sequences. Among the movements involved in hip hop dance are popping, locking, krumping, and breaking. Hip hop dance can easily be improvised to suit the dancer’s style and personality, meaning there is no one rigid way to dance hip hop. However, learning hip hop dance takes lots of practice, and not all moves are easy to learn. It is worth learning though if you want a flashy sort of fun dance to show off.
Other than tap shoes, you will need a good sense of rhythm and beat as well as quick moving feet to learn tap dancing quickly. The point of tap dance is more to create a good rhythm with the dance moves than actually focus on the dance moves themselves. It is moderately easy to learn if you have good coordination.
Another partner dance that is popular among people of all ages. If you can find a partner that coordinates well with you, learning this dance is a breeze. However it will take some practice as well to pull it off gracefully.
Of course there are many types of dances other than the ones /above, but these are the more popular ones. To start off, select a few of the dances above (or even others, that’s your choice) that you would like to learn. Since you want to learn a few different dance styles quickly, you are going to need a lot of time and patience to practice! Ideally you will select a few dances that have similarities in movement, but if your interest varies, you can still learn very different dances as long as the effort is put in.
Tips for Learning Several Different Styles Of Dancing Together
1) Wear comfortable clothes suitable for the type of dance you are trying to learn. You may find that you will need a few outfits if you are learning very different kinds of dance (e.g. flexible tight fitting outfits for ballet and loose, laid-back clothes for hip hop)
2) Set aside at least an hour each day, every day, to practice each style of dance you wish to learn. That means 3 hours for 3 different dance styles, for example.
3) Search online for teaching videos on the styles you wish to learn, or sign up for classes for each dance style. Since each class is usually one or two days a week, the rest of the free time you have can be used for practicing the moves learnt.
4) Ensure that you perfect basic moves first before moving on to more difficult moves. This will ensure that your foundation is strong and your body is well-adjusted to the moves of a particular dance. It is also usually futile to try more difficult moves when your basics are not in place since the difficult moves derive from the basic moves.
5) For partner dances, ensure that you have a committed dance partner. Otherwise, you may find that your progress is halted.
6) Try and find common ground in the dances you are trying to learn. Similar movements are easy to remember and pick up.
7) Have lots of patience. Learning multiple styles quickly is not easy, so it’s important to have lots of willpower.
8) Drink enough water and eat enough food. All that practicing will need fuel from food and your body needs to stay hydrated to perform adequately.
9) If you find a particular dance style is not working for you (after all, dance does need a little bit of talent), feel free to switch to something else. However make sure that you really give a style of dance a try first before committing against it.
10) In case of an injury during your practice session, take it easy till the injury heals. Overworking your muscles especially when they are injured will only delay the healing process and delay your progress significantly.
11) Once you have mastered plenty of moves for every style, try to dance to a certain musical piece using all the different styles you have learnt. This will help you practice the different styles at the same time, and learn to use them together. It is the start of great choreography too!
By using the tips above and using whatever free time you have for practicing, you will successfully be able to learn several different dance styles at the same time and at a quick pace. To really be a good dancer at every style though, you will need to let lots of time (few years) go by for you to develop your dance skills.