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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…

Easy Dance Moves for Guys

So you went to the club last weekend and noticed everyone doing the same thing: grinding. There’s nothing wrong with the grind, but let’s be honest it definitely tends to look and get a bit robotic at times: 

Throwing some new dance moves into the mix will definitely impress some ladies. Try out some of these easy dance moves for guys.

The Wave

The Shuffle Step

How to Pop

The Basic Groove

The James Brown

These easy dance moves should be enough for the average, club-going guy. They’re easy to learn and master in just a matter of days. But what if you want to really steal the show and dance like this guy:

If that’s the case, then you’re going to need something a little more comprehensive, like one of our club dancing DVDs. They are available in both DVD and digital format!

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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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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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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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How to Dance (for Guys)

If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely been to a club and watched how other men dance. On one end of the spectrum, you’ll see guys just bobbing their head or fist pumping, but on the other end, you’ll see guys bust out ridiculously complex break dancing moves. If you’re reading this, you most likely don’t want to be like the other dozens of men just fist-pumping for 4 hours straight, but you also realize you don’t really have the ability to pull off 360 handstands in the air:

How to Dance for Guys

 

If you really want to learn how to dance for guys, first you need to not care about how others think of your dancing, but also to have confidence. Here’s a pro tip on faking confidence: elbows away from belly, and chin up. Take a look around the club at the other guys who are stealing the floor, they most likely are doing these two things.

Now that you’ve got the confidence of a man who just won 1 million dollars, saved a baby from a burning building, and just successfully courted Angelina Jolie, it’s time to learn how to dance like a man.

It’s going to be awkward at first, but you should consistently practice specific dance moves until you can mash them together into a single routine.  You might look like this at first, but hey, as long as you’re having fun learning, you should get to where you want to be in no time:

If you’re totally new at dancing, you need to start with the basics. You need to know what upbeats and downbeats are:

Now that you have that mastered, here are some more dance moves for you guys:

The Shuffle Step

Knee Drop

L Kick:

After learning these moves, try to throw them together in your own creative way. If you want a whole routine so you can show-stop the next club you’re at, click here to learn how you guys can dance like Usher:

There you have it, we’ve given you all the tools you need to learn how to dance for guys. However, these moves and routines can only take your dancing skills so far. If you want to bring your skills to the next level, buy a comprehensive dance DVD so your moves never go stale!

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5 Signs Women Send That Say, “I WANT TO DANCE WITH YOU.”

Women can be cryptic on and off the dance floor, and when it comes to approaching a lady at the club, it can be nearly impossible to tell what she’s thinking. If you’re not sure if she’s into you and your grooves, keep an eye out for these 5 telltale signs that are her way of saying “I want to dance with you.” May these hints help you solve the mystery and give you the confidence to make your move when the time is right!

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She Moves Closer

Even from all the way across the room, a girl can spy exactly whom she wants to dance with. If you notice that she has inched her way to your part of the dance floor, this is the first good sign. She may not get up and close right away, but she will definitely make an effort to be in your general area. Not only will she get closer, she’ll also try to make sure that she’s always in your line of vision. If you turn around, she’ll shift so she’s still in the direction you’re facing. It will be subtle, but if you catch it, get ready to look out for sign #2.

She Separates Herself From Her Girl Friends

We all know how intimidating it can be to approach a woman when she is surrounded by 10 of her best girl friends. Your lady will want to make this task less daunting for you; she’ll want to appear inviting! She will slowly separate from her friends and make sure that you have an easy access point to her.

She Plays With Her Hair

Playing with her hair can be one of the most flirty things a girl can do. If you notice that she’s got her hand in her hair a lot on the dance floor, this is because she wants you to see her face and stand out from the crowd full of long, luscious, whipping locks. Also, when she pulls the hair from her face, it gives her a chance to look around, and sneak a peak at where you are and what you’re doing.

She Laughs A lot

Like playing with her hair, laughing is another sign of flirtation. When she’s laughing, she’s trying to show that she is having a good time and would be a blast to dance with. Not only is she sexy, but she’s trying to appear to be light-hearted and easy-going. You might wonder, what is she laughing at? Don’t ask, just know that it’s her way of calling you over to her party.

She Stares You Down

And after all of this, if you haven’t swooped in for the dance yet, and she’s still into you, she will do whatever it takes to catch your eye and stare you down. If you make eye contact with her and she actually holds it, rather darting her eyes instantly, then that is her most powerful way of saying, “Come dance with me. Now.”

As nervous as the men may be to make a move, the ladies are scared too and that’s why it can be so tricky to detect what she wants. So look for these signs to see if she’s trying to tell you something. And if she is, don’t ignore it, go for it!

How to Dance at a Nightclub

If you want to learn how to dance at a nightclub, the first step is to not give a damn, get out of your head and just dance. You can learn all the fancy schmancy club dance moves out there, but if you aren’t able to not be self- conscious about how you look, you’ll just end up looking like this: 

After you get that down, it’s time to really learn how to dance at a nightclub. Before we teach you some moves, it’s important to note that dancing at a nightclub is not really that complex.

If you can move to a beat, you’ll be able to dance – plain and simple:

However, you will run the risk of being very vanilla and simply “blending in” with the crowd. That cute girl or guy won’t notice you and you aren’t going to get their attention with your plain moves. If all you want is to not look like a fool, don’t read any further and close this window now. If you want to know how to really stick out, read on.

A classic club dance move that never fails is the knee drop:

This move is very basic and you can probably master it within a couple days, given you aren’t this guy:

Now one move isn’t nearly enough to make you stand out in a crowd. Some people might take notice, like you might take notice of a neon light, but they’ll just keep moving on.  Try the “James Brown” on for size:

Now imagine how awesome it would look if you were to James Brown into a knee drop? There would be more than a few panties and jaws dropping at that! Well, maybe not, but you’ll definitely impress a few people. Now that we’ve started you off, check out some more free dance moves at our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/learnclubdancetv

Another big aspect of learning how to dance at a nightclub is being able to dance with a partner. In nightclubs, you won’t typically find people waltzing or square dancing to Avicii’s “Hey Brother.” Instead, most people will be grinding. We suggest checking out a more in-depth post on learning how to grind here.

But, if you’re lazy, we’ll break down grinding for you right here in this post. If you’re a guy, it’s important to remember to lead the female. Failing to do so will lead to some very awkward dancing and that looks something like this: 

Also, remember to use your hands to help you guide your partner. Using your hands also helps to make the dance a little more “intimiate” (if you have another goal in mind).  Grinding is more than just rubbing your crotch into some girl’s butt. It is actual dancing, and so chemistry and unity (moving as one) is key to having a good dance.

Now if you’re a female, it’s simple – just follow the man’s lead. Don’t stick your butt out more than you have to, it makes the dance more difficult and you’ll just look silly: How to Dance in a Club

Also, when you’re grinding, focus more on the hips than your feet. Guys all know how ladies love wearing their 10-inch heels of death when they go out. Doing too much with your feet will not only potentially hurt you, but can hurt the guy you’re dancing with as well.

If you’re trying to learn how to dance at a nightclub, just get out of your head about it, dance to the beat, and throw some dance moves in the mix. If you want to take your nightclub dancing to the next level however, buy a DVD and they’ll be calling you the “showstopper.”

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How to Dance at a High School Dance

When wanting to know how to dance at a high school dance, you’re going to want to learn some moves that look cool, but aren’t overly sexual or dangerous where you’ll get reprimanded by the watchful eye of the school supervisors. That being said, you will, guaranteed, be involved in some sort of dance circle and partner dancing.

Hopefully your mom won't be there in the circle after she drops you off.

Hopefully your mom won’t be there in the circle after she drops you off.

At high school dances, the dance circles are your opportunities to shine and really impress the heck out of that one guy or gal that you’ve had a crush on since the 5th grade. So as the overweight and just a tad bit creepy DJ spins the bumpin’ beats, you should be able to bust out a sick knee drop to kick things off:

Followed by a cyclone wave:

Then finally, wrapped up with the James Brown:

Now you’ve got the crowd “oohing” and “ahhing”, but then your biggest high school rival shows up to steal your thunder, showing up and being all like:

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This is when you need to bring out the real moves. Like the dance moves in this routine:

So now that you served up some of the finest humble pie around, the beats cut to slow music. Now you’re going to have to bring out some of your best partner dancing moves that you know. The moves above just aren’t going to work out when you’re dancing with another. Trying, will only make you look something like this:

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So if you really want to know how to dance at a high school dance, you need to learn how to move with a partner. So none of this:

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But something similar to this:

And also this:

In a slow dance, one person has to lead while the other follows. Typically, the guy leads and the girl should follow in-step, but it’s perfectly plausible for a girl to wear the pants in a relationship. If this is your case, consider handing in your man card (image source):

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We’ve given you the tools to kill it at your next high school dance, but it’s not nearly enough to outshine everyone at your school. So if you really want to be a superstar and learn how to dance at a high school dance, check out our DVDs.

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How to Dance at a Rave

Along with the recent popularity surge of EDM music, is the rise of rave parties.  Raves have been around for years, but just when you might’ve thought glow sticks and ecstasy-induced epileptic seizures were a thing of the past, DJs and groups like Deadmaus burst onto the music scene. With more and more rave parties on the horizon, exactly how do you dance at a rave?  The answer to this question is a lot easier than it may seem, but first, here’s how you don’t dance at a rave:

Oh those faces! Look, just like any other type of dancing, learning how to dance at a rave requires in-synch body movements. The first tip, as with any “how to dance at x” tips, is to feel the rhythm of the music and move with the beat. This is particularly vital when it comes to raves because the music is so “beat heavy.” Check out this video from our channel that explains upbeats and downbeats:

So now that you’ve got the knowledge of upbeats and downbeats, here’s a cool video showing some super basic dance movements:

Now that you’ve got the easy stuff down like your 6th tequila shot, try something a little more complex:

It’s a dance for “house music” but house music also tends to be very “beat heavy” so the mechanics translate over well. Now if you’re feelin’ real confident, try to do something like this guy:

In all, learning how to dance at a rave is pretty basic stuff. It’s just a matter of being able to move to a fast-paced, beat-heavy song, without falling over yourself. Although now you think you can rip up the rave scene with your new, Jersey Shore-esque, fist-pumping skills, you might want to consider getting some more dance moves in your arsenal. rave fist pump

Don’t be a one-move stooge. Pick up a club dance DVD and turn yourself into a dancing machine that even the most hardcore ravers can’t keep up with:

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