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10 Best Vacation Destinations for Dancers

Does your idea of a perfect getaway involve shaking your groove-thang at the hippest nightlife our world has to offer? Before you consult your travel agent and pack your bags, be sure to consider these 10 cities where those looking for dancing won’t be disappointed.

Miami, Florida Drink all day. Play all night. Let’s get it poppin. You’re in Miami! Home to some of the states’ hottest nightlife including Cameo, a South Beach nightclub which features some of the hottest DJs the world has to offer. If bumping and grinding near a gorgeous beach is what you’re after, I suggest booking your flight now.

Cabo St Lucias, Mexico is the go-to destination for drunk college kids and veteran vacationers alike. Obviously the place to be is Cabo Wabo, owned by legendary rocker, Sammy Hagar. The place is known for the diversity of its dancers as well as its tequila, so bottoms up amigo!

Amsterdam, Holland We know that nightclubs are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this European city, but Amsterdam actually has some pretty awesome places to let loose on the dance floor.  Famous Amsterdam clubs include Paradiso, Melkweg, AIR and Escape but there is also the famous Red Light district to visit if you’re feeling extra adventurous.

Rio De Jenero, Brazil may be the country’s second-largest city, but it is definitely first when it comes to having a good time. Clubs include the swanky and exclusive Miroir as well as the long-running  00-Zero Zero.

New York City is considered one of America’s most diverse cities and the choices in nightlife completely mirror that. Studio 54 and Bungalow 8 are considered to be the birth places of disco, and should be on every savvy club-goers repertoire. And for the more adventurous, check out the dives and hole-in-the-walls that permeate the East Village and the Meatpacking district; some of NYC’s most eccentric areas.

Las Vegas, Nevada is a city that runs on providing people with a good time. There are plenty of clubs to choose from such as the far-east themed TAO and the swanky Marquis, which boasts several DJs and seven swimming pools in its 60,000 square-foot total space.

Berlin, Germany is one of Europe’s go-to cities for nightlife. There are still lines to get into clubs at 9 in the morning and it definitely rivals NYC for the title of “The City That Never Sleeps”. You won’t be able to sleep either as you party at places such as Berghain, which is located inside of an old power plant.

Ibiza, Spain is considered by many to be the mother of all nightclub destinations.  You will find everything from beachfront dancing to nightclubs with music spun by some of the world’s greatest DJs. Space, Pacha, Amnesia and Privilege are considered to be some of the best nightclubs on this party island.

Atlantic City, New Jersey is one of the best party locations along the famed Jersey Shore. Two of the best clubs are HQ at Revel, the city’s newest casino, and the Pool at Harrah’s, where you can dance and get soaking wet all at the same time.

And for Those Who Like Cruises why not check out a Ballroom Dancing Cruise? Several well-known cruise companies all over the world offer these themed cruises for people who love or want to learn how to ballroom dance.

We are lucky to live in a world where people know how to have a good time. Remember to brush up on those dance skills before you start packing. You don’t want to look like the typical bumbling tourist.

What Your Star Sign Says About Your Dance Style.

Astrology is a fun way to find out more about yourself but did you know you can also use it to determine what dance style best fits you? Read on, it’s a different type of “dancing with the stars”.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18)

Your sign begins the calender year so naturally, you are seen as a leader. This means that you usually are one of the first people to know of the hottest trends. For instance, you knew all about the Harlem Shake before it was butchered on every single Youtube channel imaginable. And while you’re very much a trailblazer, you are also not afraid to help teach these new moves to your friends.

Pisces (Feb 19-March 20)

You’re alluring and mysterious, especially at the club, which is why people are always trying to dance with you. You can successfully combine old school grooves with newer moves, which is a very rare feat to pull off successfully. You enjoy hitting up clubs that offer decade-themed nights and can bust out a mean moonwalk if the occasion calls for it.

Aries (March 21-April)

Adventurous and competitive, you are most likely seen competing in a dance-off, whether it be for cash or just for kicks. You’re often the first person out on the dance floor at a wedding and usually the last to leave. If you see someone dancing with the hottie you want, you will stop at nothing to get them to notice you. You do best at trendy clubs with lots of people, because you always love a competition.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You are not a fan of change and therefore can be seen at the same haunt every weekend. You also tend to stick with the same drink (Vodka Redbull is a Taurus fav) and stick to the same types of moves. However, because you stick to the same place, you are extremely well-known and liked by all the other regulars at the club.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You are never ever seen dancing without your BFF and are a complete package deal. You also love to travel and are always on the move to try new venues and styles of dance. One weekend you’re taking Salsa lessons, and the next, you’re twerking on top of a bar. This indecisiveness isn’t always a good thing though; you sometimes spend the entire night fighting with your friend about where to go instead of actually going out.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You tend to use dancing as a way to attract romantic attention, so outward appearance is very important to you. You always make sure that you smell great and that nothing your wearing is wrinkled. You research bars that have the most single people before you go out and prefer intimate styles of dance like the Tango.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Eyes naturally gravitate to you on the dance floor because you are a natural dancer! It is impossible for this sign to have two left feet, and feeling the rhythm is pretty much ingrained in your very DNA. However, you may be so caught up in your dancing that you ignore the other people around you, making you seem unapproachable. Your natural skills may also make you the subject of jealous friends.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

You are seen as the ultimate selfless friend and are often the designated driver/ the one wiping puke off your best friend’s dress after a night gone awry. You are graceful on the dance floor but are often preoccupied with worrying about your friend’s shenanigans to really concentrate on your dancing. However, when that one special song comes on, you are all over the floor.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

You are constantly researching the latest trends, hoping to use  them to your advantage when you go out to the club. You spend hours watching YouTube videos of great dancers and more than likely have a “Learn Club Dance” DVD in your DVD player as we speak. You tend to crave expensive and exotic-themed clubs so you will most likely be found at a Tiki Bar or East Asian-themed club.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

You spend a lot of time at the gym and see dance as another way to broaden your fitness horizons. Your repertoire includes a lot of Latin-inspired moves you have learned in Zumba and you have an amazing body from all of the barre classes you’ve attended. While you’re definitely an accomplished dancer, you sometimes forget to let your hair down and have fun when you’re at the club.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Another sign who likes to travel, you have a bucket list of popular clubs around the globe that you would like to see someday. You also feel most at home at EDM and music festivals, where you are not afraid to get down and dirty with nature to enjoy yourself. You’re extremely independent by nature so you don’t like being tied down to one dance partner for the entire night.

Capricorn (December 22- January 19)

You are all about the high-rolling, glitz and glamour lifestyle and have the attitude to match. You have never been refused entry by a bouncer and if you have, the management will be sure to hear about it! You tend to use dancing as a way to de-stress after a hard week at work, and often pair your dance moves with several martinis throughout the night.

 

 

 

Best Wedding Dance Routines

This seemingly-normal entrance turned funky

This His Vs. Hers Dance Battle

The wedding ceremony that basically turns into a musical

A couple with a love for MJ

And this groovy one

The dance that makes us lose control

 The couple that’s all about dirty dancing

This Breakdancing Couple

These Newlyweds who are in “California Love”

 

Dance Floor Alter-Egos

Nervous to Bust a Move? Try One of These Alter-Egos on the Dance Floor

“Just be yourself.” “Be the best YOU that you can be.” We’ve all heard how wonderful our true selves are, but when it comes to dancing at a club or a social event, sometimes just being YOU is simply not going to cut it.

Just being YOU can lead to some really mortifying, let’s-pretend-that-never-happened moments.

So unless you’re 100% confident in your own dancing personality, I suggest trying something/someone new. Even if you just need a little confidence, inspiration, or a quick disguise to get rid of that dude you met that one time that one night who just saw you across the bar, try on one of these alter-egos and be a brand new YOU!

1) The Class Clown
Everyone loves the class clown. This is one of the easiest alter-egos as it requires little to no actual dancing skill. Never told a joke in your life? That’s ok. You don’t have to actually be funny- you’re terrible dancing will do that job for you. Just unleash your wildest, goofiest moves, and people will be howling in no time. The best part about the class clown is that it intimidates no one. Your own confidence in your lack of skill will attract other less-skilled people from all across the bar. Better to be laughed with than laughed at…

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2) The Mystery Wo/Man
While the class clown is great for getting laughs, sometimes you’re in need of a more serious alter-ego that can bring in a serious suitor. Unlike the class clown that lays it all out on the floor, the Mystery Woman or Man leaves questions unanswered and desires unfulfilled. To start, you’ll want to dress sleek and sophisticated. Dressing in all black never hurts. Now, stand off to the side of the dance floor, sipping casually on your drink. Don’t appear aloof or uninterested, but rather sway side to side as you scan the dance floor. You’re so mysterious; you have dark secrets from your past and a lifetime of adventures never shared. People will wonder: Why is she alone? Where did he come from? Does she want to dance with me? Who IS he?! These burning questions will leave your pursuer completely perplexed and enamored, just begging to know more.

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3) The Foreigner
No dance skills? No bar etiquette? No game? It’s ok! You’re not from here! No one blames the world-travelling foreigner. The foreigner is always more exciting, more interesting, and makes for a way better story than that guy from Michigan. Pick a country you have some basic knowledge of, geographically in the least. From there, you really don’t need to know much more! Just constantly be confused about America and ask lots of questions. Your cluelessness is so adorable they could just eat you up!

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4) The Life of the Party
Even if you find yourself crippled with social anxiety and self-doubt, you can still be the life of the party! It’s all about acting. All you have to do is impersonate that obnoxious club-goer you see every weekend who acts like they own the place (think any Jersey Shore cast member). Throw in some fist pumps and shrieks of joy and laughter and you’ll have people fooled in to thinking that you really are the most outgoing party animal in town. It doesn’t matter if you know no one around you, if you would rather be watching Netflix at home, or if your actual dancing is less than impressive. Your seemingly effortless confidence and enthusiasm for the dance floor will attract others. Fake it ‘til ya make it for this one!

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So, next time you find yourself at the club feeling a little uneasy, don’t be ashamed to throw YOU out the window. Put on a character or two and see how ya feel. If something goes wrong, blame it on the alter-ego! And who knows, maybe you’ll find that your new persona isn’t that different from the real you after all…

Learn How to Dance

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.

To speed up the learning process, check out our DVDs:

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Five Dance Crazes That Need to Come Back

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An example of a dance craze that can stay lost in the past.

 Wikipedia defines a “dance craze” (or as they call it, a “fad dance”) as a dance “characterized by a short burst of popularity.” They also mention “novelty dances,” which end up having a longer shelf life because of their quirkiness or nostalgic value. Well, Wikipedia is wrong, because most dances started out as “fad dances” in some way or another, and while these next five dances enjoyed a short burst of popularity in their heyday, they have great reasons to make comebacks and become regular parts of our nightlife repertoires.

#1 The Robot

The Robot has been a nerd staple for at least two generations now, but somewhere around the early 90s it fell out of fashion, and it’s been missed! Now that being a nerd is cool (right?) The Robot should be the dance everyone is trying to nail down.  Check out this totally  awesome 80s video which might be silly, but actually gives you a pretty good short instruction of how to do this butt-kickin, geektastic dance.

#2 The Twist

Despite the classic scene in Pulp Fiction where Uma Thurman and John Travolta twist for their trophy, The Twist never really came back into fashion, and that’s an outright shame. It’s a fun, energetic dance, that is great for your lat muscles, and a partner dance that doesn’t involve touching- a bonus for those that wish to get to know a stranger first before touching them, or just have tactile issues. No judgment!

#3 The Hand Jive

Popularized in the 1970s film Grease, this extremely simple, yet fun hand-motion based dance has faded into most people’s dim memories. The best reason to bring this one back is that it’s a great group dance to boogie to at weddings.  Forget the boring, monotonous, and overly complicated electric slide. The hand-jive is energetic, upbeat, and most importantly, simple to learn, which would be especially helpful for that one uncle that’s had a bit too much at the reception. You know the one.

#4 (C’Mon Ride It) The Train

Another potential group wedding dance, The Train is an improvement on the classic conga line in three ways: 1. You don’t have to touch the person’s hips in front of you in the line 2. The person behind you also will not be touching your hips and 3. You get to pull the imaginary cord to make the train engine sound every time the chorus goes “Toot toot!” That last part is the best part – believe it.

#5 The Waltz

Some might not realize the Waltz was a dance craze…in the 18th century. It started out as a peasant dance, because it was considered just too racy for the aristocrats (people whirled about and danced so close! The scandal!). It went through many permutations, and now there are numerous versions of the dance based on culture, type of music, and pace of the song. The Waltz is the ultimate in romantic dances: flowing, twirling, and light. It’s worth getting reacquainted with especially since you can Waltz to ANY song with a ¾ beat. Here’s a fun list. Did you know you could Waltz to Journey?

How to Dance for Beginners

If you’re a beginner, how do you learn how to dance? Well first, let’s explore what it means to be a beginner. Beginners are people who have the absolute bare minimum in dancing experience. These people may have been to a club once, or twice, but instead of trying to dance, they looked like this:

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If that describes you, then you’re in the right place. We’ll take you from that to looking like this:

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He may be just a kid, but he teaches us an important first lesson about dancing: Just dance.  You’ll never be able to get to the level you want to be at if you aren’t able to just let loose and have fun. Just look at Taylor Swift. Horrible dancer, but who cares because she’s having a BLAST:

 

Once you’re able to do that, you’ll need to learn how to dance to the beat of a song:

The above video is crucial for those who want to learn how to dance at nightclubs and other evening venues where the music is loud and the people just want to let loose.

That being said, not every dance move or lesson you learn will be applicable to every style of dance. If you want to learn how to dance for beginners, it’s important to make this distinction, or you’ll just look silly and out-of-place:

 

First try this beginner’s dance move first:

Once you get the hang of that, try something a little more advanced:

What if you want to learn how to dance with a partner? The above videos will help you get used to moving your body, but they are really just moves for solo dancing. If you want to be able to dance with a partner, the most important thing is to find a partner to practice with. You can watch all the videos and read all the blog posts you want, but that’s just as useful as a teenager watching a Bruce Lee movie and trying to take on his high school bully. It’s about repetition, practice, and applying what you learn to a live situation.

Let’s say you do have someone to practice some dance move with. Here are a few videos to help you get started:

Simple turn:

Salsa step:

Another thing to note here is dancing with a partner is largely about rapport. One partner leads, while another follows. If both try to lead you’ll get a result to similar to something like this:

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Maybe you won’t end up head kicking your partner, but you can definitely count on a crushed toe or two.

Putting it all together yourself can be quite difficult. Our dance DVDs will show you how to pull off the exact moves in this article, as well as help you put them together in a fluid sequence, step-by-step.

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5 Tips On Staying Sexy All Night Long

You agonize over your outfit and spend hours perfecting your look in the mirror only to look like a hot mess by the middle of your night out. Don’t let this happen to you. Dancing, drinking and having a good time shouldn’t have to wreak havoc on your hotness. Here are five tips to keep you looking fresh and fabulous all night long.

Stay Hydrated! (And we’re not talking cocktails here).  Getting hot and heavy on the dance floor is gonna ultimately lead you down the road to sweatsville. Make sure to drink plenty of water while you’re out there in order to reduce dehydration and fatigue.  Drinking lots of water is also a great way to prevent a pesky hangover the next morning.

OD on Deodorant- Guys and girls, nothing is more disgusting than the smell of B.O. lingering all over the dance floor.  Prevent any embarrassment by liberally coating those pits in deodorant before you step out for the night. I’d suggest using a clinical-strength variety if you tend to get super sweaty. And whatever you do, do NOT try and mask your stench with more cologne/perfume. It just makes the entire situation worse.

Makeup Matters- Why spend hours agonizing over your cat eye only to have it fading and running halfway down your face by the end of the night? Pick sweat-proof and waterproof products that will last. Keep essentials like lipstick in your purse and reapply in the bathroom whenever things start to look off-point. Keep your hair looking soft, sexy and manageable all night by using a anti-humidity spray or gel.

Wear hassle-free clothing: No, I don’t mean show up in sweatpants, I just mean pick an outfit that will allow for a night of fun and dancing without falling down or riding up throughout the night. Nothing is worse than having to worry about a wardrobe malfunction when trying to have a good time. Also, if you’re prone to spilling drinks, I’d suggest leaving your light-colored garments at home.

Banish bad breath: If you plan on being in close quarters with a special someone throughout the night, I’d suggest going through extra lengths to make sure your mouth smells fresh, clean and completely kissable. Brush, floss and use mouthwash before you step out, and make sure to carry a pack of gum or mints in your purse or pocket to nip late-night beer breath in the bud.

While there’s a chance you may get a little sloppy tonight, your appearance never has to look it.

Club Dance Moves

If you’re going out to a nightclub, it’s important to arm yourself with some club dance moves. Otherwise, you’ll just end up looking like this guy:

So which club dance moves are the best to learn? The moves should appear difficult, but be simple to pull off.  Let’s start with the classics:

Michael Jackson is famous for a reason. He invented timeless, classic dance moves like the moonwalk for all of us to show off at the clubs. This is a perfect example of a club dance move that looks cool, and is a lot easier to pull off than it looks. Even if you’re not a MJ fan, you have to admit it looks way cooler than doing the Macarena:

If you’re with a group of friends and you all want to dance with each other rather than just stand around in a circle, sipping drinks, and shaking dat ass, try this club dance move from Kid ‘n Play in House Party:

And now for the “Humpty” club dance move:

Simple, sexy, old school.

Now that you’ve got some timeless classics under your belt, try to learn some more modern club dance moves like:

The Cyclone Wave:

The L Kick:

The Knee drop:

If you want a lot more, free club dance moves, check out our YouTube channel.

After you go through all of those and you’re still hungry for more (your desire to learn is very admirable), check out our comprehensive dance DVDs that’ll get you moving so hot you set the roof on fire!

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The Best Wedding Dances From Movies

Wedding movies range from romantic to funny to bittersweet… but one thing that is always memorable is the dancing! Here are some of the most memorable wedding dances from movies…

Hitch 

These dance moves from Will Smith and Kevin James are so bad, they’re good.

Wedding Crashers

This wedding montage makes wedding crashing look like a lot of fun…

The Wedding Singer

There’s nothing cheesier than an ’80s wedding!

Bridesmaids

Wilson Phillips make you want to hold on for one more day

Bend It Like Beckham

What’s the only thing more fun than dancing at your sister’s wedding? Winning your big soccer game.

Bride and Prejudice

In this Pride and Prejudice remake done Bollywood style, every dance scene is epic, but this might be the best one…

The Wedding Date 

Not technically a wedding dance, but they’re at a dance lesson before the wedding…

You Again

Another pre-wedding dance lesson, but this scene is a lot more… violent… than the one above.

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American Wedding

This scene from American Wedding is sweet…

… but this was really the best dancing moment from that film!