Dancing is an art form and a great sport too. If you admire the great dance moves of the people around you, you can learn to dance too. You have to find the right genre for you and decide what skill level you hope to achieve. Then you have to practice your movements to get better and to carry your skills out into the world.
Method 1 of 4: Find the right genre
Step 1. Use videos and films
By watching a variety of movies and dance videos you can get an idea of what you like and what you want to learn. Next, you can move on to how-to videos to start learning dance moves.
Step 2. Take an introductory course
Try a class that covers a variety of dances to see what you like. In addition, the teacher can instruct you in the correct safety techniques.
Step 3. Watch professionals
It has been proven that you can learn a lot by observing other people. In fact, watching other people dance makes your brain, psychologically speaking, add something to the mental maps you are already making about dance moves. You can also see what certain movements should look like when done correctly.
Internalize a professional show to see professionals at work, or even go to a dance school. Often times the schools have showcases that are open to the public
Step 4. Go to a selection of dance clubs
You can watch other dancers and even copy movements. Also, trying a variety of dance clubs will help you choose the type of dance you love. Try everything from hip-hop clubs to those that play country music and two-step music. Don't be afraid to join in and try out the movements.
Step 5. Decide on a genre to focus on
You don't have to hold on to it forever. Only choose something that you enjoy. You can try ballet, modern dance, jazz, ballroom dancing, or even country dance to start your dance lessons.
Step 6. Set goals for yourself
Do you want to dance professionally, or do you just need cool dance moves for Saturday night? Are you trying to learn ballroom dancing for your wedding? Decide which skill level you want to achieve because that will determine your level of commitment. For example, it takes years of practice and classes to dance professionally, but for your wedding you can probably learn to dance in a month or two.
Method 2 of 4: Practice your movements for yourself
Step 1. Watch dance videos
Dance videos will help you learn certain movements and support you with your technique. Rather use how-to videos than just try to copy moves that you enjoy. How-to videos show you how to do it instead of having to guess how to do it.
Step 2. Find a quiet place to dance where you don't disturb anyone
You need some space and a smooth, solid floor. Remember, you will be making some noise, so you need a place where you will not disturb anyone.
Step 3. Think about what music you want to use and how you want to play it
The music should be appropriate for the genre, although most genres include a wide variety of music. Ordinarily, however, you would use something classical for ballet, while for modern dance you can use a wide variety of contemporary music.
Step 4. Practice every day
Practice helps solidify the skills in your brain and your body remembers the movements you are learning.
Step 5. Don't be afraid of failure
Children seem to learn skills faster because they are less afraid of looking stupid. If you screw up a move or have trouble getting it, don't take it as a sign that you should stop dancing. It just means you need more practice. Get up and try again.
Step 6. Be careful
Don't try too hard too fast as you can injure yourself.
Step 7. Take care of your clothes
When you dance, wear clothing that is wide enough to move, but tight enough that you won't trip over it. Take off all jewelry so that nothing flies away. Dance shoes are best for dancing because they have smoother soles for twists. Also, tie your hair up so it doesn't get in your way.
Step 8. Try choreographing movements to your favorite song
Not only does this help you practice, but you also see how a choreographer thinks. This is an advantage if you want to dance professionally with choreographers.
Step 9. Use the Internet for support
Step 10. Notice what you're doing wrong and try to correct it
Videos can help you practice here, as well as practicing in front of a mirror to see what your dancing looks like. If you just practice the movement without seeing what it looks like, you may not be doing it correctly.
Method 3 of 4: Change your lifestyle
Step 1. Eat well
Dancers need to eat healthy to keep their bodies fueled. If you dance a lot, you will need enough calories to keep this dancing going. However, if you dance just a little bit, you may need to save calories to get the body you want to dance to.
Be sure to include plenty of protein in your diet. Also, feed your body with fruits and vegetables so that it gets enough vitamins to be strong
Step 2. Build in more sports
To dance well, you need to build your muscles and stamina.
Activities like swimming, skiing, cross-training, and biking offer great general workouts that will help you achieve a stronger body
Step 3. Work on your flexibility
Dancers need to be as flexible as possible to execute their movements. Try activities like yoga and Pilates to improve your flexibility. As an added bonus, these activities will strengthen your core muscles, which will make you a better dancer.
Step 4. Learn balance
Balance is also important when dancing as you need good balance when making quick movements to stay upright. Yoga and Pilates can help with balance, as can programs like tai chi. Tai chi also helps reduce stress and improve flexibility.
Method 4 of 4: Achieve your goals
Step 1. Take courses
If you want to become a professional dancer, you need the right training. You will need to take a variety of courses, starting with beginner courses and moving up as your skills increase. However, classes can also be fun and helpful if your goal is just two steps in the dance club. For cheap classes, check out dance studios, community events, or even the community college.
Step 2. Study dance
You can also study dance at the university. However, these programs are very competitive and most are difficult to get into. Also, be aware that many dance programs require that you be a certain weight to be part of the program.
Step 3. Dance at the community theater
If you've taken a few classes and just want to have fun as a dancer, try auditioning at the community theater. In most community theater programs, you'll come across amateurs like yourself like you're in good company there.
Step 4. Choreograph a dance for your wedding
Work with your future spouse to choreograph your dance for your wedding. It's a way of making this first dance really special.
Step 5. Make your moves to the dance club
Maybe you just want to impress your friends at the dance club. If that's true, try your moves on Saturday night.
Dancing is a great sport, which is why sports programs like Jazzercise and Zumba were created. Because they're fun, if you're trying to get fit, they'll let you work out longer
- Don't try heavy tricks, twists, or jumps if you're just starting out. It's easy to get hurt if you don't know what you're doing.
- If you experience moderate to severe pain while dancing, see a doctor.