You’re at a party, wedding, or nightclub and everyone’s on the dance floor having the time of their lives: The Salsa queen, the Mambo king, and everyone in between! But you? You’re still standing there against the wall asking how some people just seem like born dancers while others appear to have been “born with two left feet,” including you. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way, you know? You can easily learn to dance or become a better dancer than you already are!
If you enjoy music and dancing, but can’t keep up with a beat or always find a way to trip over your own feet, then you’ll be happy to know that learning how to dance (or getting better at it) is less complicated than it looks. Dive into the tips below and open your eyes to the many potential avenues leading to fun-filled dancing days ahead, from things that you can do at home on your own to ways to realize your potential under the tutelage of trained professionals!
▸ Start Dancing at Home
Dance at home! You can dance alone, dance with your spouse, or dance with your kids and, if you don’t know many dance moves, then emulate what you’ve seen other skilled dancers do! This is all about allowing your body to get comfortable with moving in new and interesting ways, and it’s a fun and effective approach to jump-starting your dance journey ahead!
▸ Build Your Strength, Stamina, & Stability
Chances are that you’ll want to dance the duration of a song or two, so you’re going to need stamina, strength, and stability. Consistent exercise can build upon each of these areas; it’s also a great way to get your muscles and joints accustomed to different motions!
▸ Try Out Different Dance Styles
Explore! Immerse yourself in the world of dance and discover which styles you’re most drawn to. People enjoy jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, modern – the list goes on, so test the waters and see what speaks to your soul! You may find that ballroom and Latin dancing are of particular interest, as both come with an array of styles to test and choose from: The Hustle, Cha Cha, Country Western Two-Step, Tango, Swing, Samba, Jitterbug, Carolina Shag, and Cha Cha are just the tip of the iceberg!
▸ Tune in to Your Favorite Dancers
Is there a particular dancer or pair of dancers who you admire? If so, you should definitely start watching them more. If they’re on television, tune in and, when they’re not, check out their videos online! Pay attention to how their bodies respond to music, their styling techniques, attitudes, form, and facial expressions; watching them can influence how you move and evolve as a budding or growing dancer and it’ll keep you inspired, too!
▸ Study Your Body’s Limits
Get familiar with how your body responds to movement and develop a more attuned understanding of your physical capabilities and limitations. Doing so may give you a realistic idea of the heights you have the potential to reach on your dance journey.
▸ Get Trained by a Good Dance Instructor
If you plan to make dancing an ongoing part of your life, then you may want to find a good dance instructor who is well-suited to teach you based on where you are in your dance journey, whether you’re just starting out or taking what you know to the next level. Dance teachers give private lessons and teach in group settings, so you’ll have to determine the level of personal attention and one-to-one interaction that you prefer in order to maximize the experience as you learn how to dance.
▸ Get to Know the Music You Love
The more you know about the music you love most, the easier it will be for you to move with it, feel it – become one with it. So, keep listening to the tunes that call out to your mind, body, and soul and you’ll start to notice how much more naturally your dance moves seem to fall right into place, right on time!
▸ Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin
We all know that being secure in your own skin has an effect on your everyday life. Naturally, it also affects the way you dance and how you perceive yourself as a dancer. Dance is an art form and an expression of self, so the experience should always be fun and freeing. The more free and confident you are in your own skin, the more you’ll be free and confident on the dance floor!
▸ Join a Dance Studio & Take Lessons
Dancing at home is a good start, but joining a dance studio as a new student is an even better way to polish your skills. If you’re just starting to learn, then you’ll want to find the best dance studio for you and enroll in beginner dance classes; you might be surprised by how much you enjoy being taught in a structured setting! If you have a bit of experience on the dance floor already and simply want to become a better dancer, then intermediate dance classes may be the right move for you.
▸ Take Dance Lessons Online in Real Time
Another way to start learning to dance or get better at it is by taking real-time online dance lessons. Being taught in real time by a professional dance teacher by far surpasses any pre-recorded video lessons found online, as you’ll receive personal attention, structure, guidance, and feedback there in the moment no matter where you are!
See! Learning how to dance isn’t tough and you can start priming yourself for the dance floor in the comfort of your own home until you’re ready to step it up with professional lessons or classes. As someone fresh on the scene or someone with a little experience who aims to get better, the tips above will be great guidance along the way, so be sure to use them or pass them on to somebody who could!
Have you found any of the tips above to be particularly useful on your dance journey? What additional tips do you recommend to other aspiring dancers? Do you have an interesting story about how dance became part of your life? Let us know by sending us an email or you can share your thoughts and ask questions in the comments section below.