If you’re reading this, then you’ve decided to stop being such a nerd at parties and you want to learn how to dance. If you want to learn how to dance, you need to start with a goal in mind. Are you dancing for a specific upcoming event? For example, are you trying to learn how to dance at prom? Or maybe you’re just a weekend warrior and want to learn how to grind. Or perhaps you’re one of the brave few who want to seriously take the time and effort to become a truly good dancer. Regardless of your reasons, you need to start somewhere.
Step 1: Just Dance.
The fact is some people are just naturally better at dancing than others. No matter where you are on the talent scale, this shouldn’t deter you because hard work and consistency will get you to where you want to be. Just take a moment to watch this video of a guy learning to dance over the course of a year:
To learn how to dance is a process. Even if you want to learn a single move to impress that hot girl or guy at your next party, you need to practice a lot. No one completely novice at dancing can learn a complex dance set overnight.
Step 2: Learn some moves
The next step in learning how to dance, after you establish your goals and get a baseline sense of your dancing ability, is to learn some moves. However, before you get overzealous and throw your back out trying to do a headspin, make sure you are picking the moves that are appropriate for your level. If you have previous experience dancing, try something more advanced, like this:
If you’re a beginner, try the knee drop:
Again, it all depends on what your goals are that determines the best kind of dance move to learn. It would be weird if you decided to break out the moonwalk during a slow dance wedding party. Then again, maybe you’re a complete bad ass and have the confidence to pull anything off.
Step 2a: Choose your method of learning
This is important because however you decide to learn, you must stick with it consistently! If you have a problem with self-motivation and need someone to help you, dancing classes is the way to go. Check out websites like Yelp or Google and type in the type of dance class you want.
However, if you have no problem with consistency, then there are tons of free videos online that you can use. Check out the Learn Club Dance channel to start.
However, the thing with free material is that it only brushes upon the different kinds of moves you can do. If you want something much more comprehensive, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a class, pick up a dance DVD.
Step 3: Putting it all together
So you learned a few dance moves and now you want to get out there and start spontaneous dance battles:
Keep up that enthusiasm, but unless you’re the reincarnation of Fred Astaire, take it step by step. After learning a few dance moves, you want to be able to put them all together in one, fluid, naturally occurring motion. What do I mean by that? Well when you learn how to dance, you’ll think of dancing as specific “steps”, but the goal here is to mesh all the steps into one without making it look like you’re thinking of the next move. Take this Usher choreography for instance:
Learning how to dance is simple, but it won’t be easy. But if you keep up with your practice, you’ll be able to smash dance floors in no time.
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