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You and your boys are at the club, dancing up a storm. But for some reason none of the girls there are interested in dancing with you (and you thought the worm would get any girl excited). You’re going to have to take drastic measures to dance with a girl tonight. Just don’t try any of the ideas below.
1. Tape dollar bills to your chest.
2. Dare them to do it.
3. Tell them their butt’s on fire and you have to grind it out.
4. Dress up like their best friend and sneak on the dance floor.
5. Pay them $50 to dance with you.
6. Have your friends create a wall of bodies to keep her on the dance floor at all times.
7. Hook a bungee cord in between your belts.
8. Hire a hypnotist .
9. Take her family hostage and demand she dance for their freedom.
10. Pay her $100 on top of that $50 to not call the cops.
11. Bribe the DJ to play her favorite song all night long.
12. Threaten to dance with little sister if she doesn’t.
13. Use a lasso.
14. Get a devil to possess her.
15. Ask a ouija board to see if she a ghost will come down and make her dance with you.
16. Turn off all the lights in the club so she can’t see who she is dancing with.
17. Grease the dance floor so she slides into your arms
18. Hire actors to pretend to be terrorists taking over the club and her one chance to save the hostages is to break it down.
19. Build a time machine to make you King of All That Dance.
20. Hide a magnet in her purse and wear your large metal belt buckle.
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”
If you’ve got any kind of finger on the pulse of pop culture, you’ve seen Snowball’s youtube channel. This sassy little parrot has made a career out of rocking out to the Backstreet Boys like it’s 1999. Check him out:
My Dog Spot
Ok, so it’s not my dog. And it’s name is actually Stuart, but let’s not split hairs! This little fella has the salsa style down pat and errbody knows it.
Little known fake-fact: B-boying started in the Congo. Mighty Joe Young was not-actually the forefather of the dance! But really, here’s one of his descendants making us humans look bad:
To the especially hopeless: let this be a lesson. There’s nothing a catchy jingle and some clever editing can’t fix.
The Superb Bird of Paradise
Last time I tried to puff my head out and hop around a lady, it didn’t go so well. Now it all makes sense:
Didn’t you know? Happy Feet was actually a documentary. Although you’d never guess it from the distinct lack of Morgan Freeman voiceover.
And no, I’m not referring to the big drunk guy that steps on my toes and spills my drink at a Rihanna concert; I’m talking literal elephants. Just keep your martini close.
So you say you’ve got two left feet? Poppycock! Says the charmed serpent. Evolution may not have been kind to nature’s perpetual less-thans, but no one can deny this swag:
They may be skittish, but these little creatures sure know how to bust a move. But of course, it helps when you’re sexy and you know it.
Blue Footed Booby
Sure, they’re not the prettiest birds on the planet, but their colorful feet alone drive the opposite sex cuckoo. Because – duh – gettin’ lucky is all about showing off your best parts.
Shaking your groove-thang is more than simply having fun; it’s also amazing for your physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the obvious and not-so-obvious benefits that dancing provides your body and soul. Thanks to the Better Health Channel for these pointers.
Weight Loss: Tired of staring at a blank wall as you run nowhere on a treadmill? Instead of boring ol’ cardio, why not try to dance? Dancing is an excellent way to get your body moving and burn off calories while doing it. Zumba is one of the most popular exercise classes taken today and revolves around the latest hip-hop and Latin dance moves.
Memory: In the golden age of cell phones, who can remember a phone number anymore? Technology may be doing away with out memories, but dancing will help strengthen it. How? If you are dancing using choreographed moves (like the ones you learn on your Learn Club Dance DVD) you will have no choice but to program them into your brain so that you can use them for the club later. Memorizing these moves is a great way to give your brain a boost and to keep your memory in check.
Coordination: While being clumsy isn’t exactly a health problem, it’s not a great trait to have either. While you may not ever possess the grace of a professional ballerina, taking time out to learn dance moves is a great way to get rid of one of your two left feet.
Social Improvement: Are you the type of person who spends their Friday nights bingewatching Netflix? That’s all fine and good, but it’s important to be social (social media doesn’t count) sometimes. Dancing is an awesome way to fill that missing gap of social interaction. It’s a great way for friends to come together and it’s an even better way to meet new people.
Prevent Diseases: Dancing has been shown to prevent common afflictions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression.
Increased Stamina and Flexibility: Get your mind out of the gutter! Both of these things are essential to healthy living. Who doesn’t want to finally touch their toes or not huff and puff after a steep flight of stairs?
Reduce Stress: It’s nearly impossible not to be stressed out in our daily lives. According to the Journal of Applied Gerontology, dance (specifically partner dance) has been a proven form of stress-relief.
So next time your friend invites you out to the club, why not go? You’ll be doing your mind and body a huge favor.
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:
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?
When I attend weddings, I find myself agonizing weeks before on what shoe to wear, only to be kicking them under the table by the reception so I can dance away without possible injury or embarrassment. While plenty of people opt for the shoe-ditch method, I find it to be kind of gross when you think about it. You have to worry about getting a pedicure or whether or not your feet smell. Why not have a good time while looking good as well?
I find that my go-to shoe for weddings is the simple, tasteful ballet flat. It’s dressy enough to wear with a cocktail dress and practical enough to make it through a round of “Cotton Eyed Joe”. And the great thing about ballet flats is that they’re usually on the inexpensive side and come in a huge variety of colors and styles. Here are a few that I thought would be awesome for a wedding.
Now, if flat shoes are not appealing to you, my next choice would have to be the ever-reliable wedge. Wedges are a relatively-new style invention and offer a sexy amount of height with dance-proof practicality. Some wedges are more casual than others, so make sure you pick one that is elegant enough not to stand out like a sore thumb. You can find closed-toed, peep-toed or strappy varieties. Here are a few of my picks.
Some weddings are a little less formal than others. If you are attending a wedding of a couple who tends to do things a little on the unorthodox side, I would recommend a good pair of Converse high or low-tops. Especially when paired with a suit, they give you a classy yet approachable look that will certainly be popular with the ladies.
My last pick for comfortable wedding shoes is really only appropriate if you are attending a summer, beach or destination wedding. Flip Flops come in all styles, from basic and rubber to bedazzled and leather. There’s a big disagreement in the wedding world over whether or not flip flops are wedding-attire-apropro so make sure you know the personality of the newlyweds before breaking out the thongs.
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:
If that describes you, then you’re in the right place. We’ll take you from that to looking like this:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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