Learning-to-Dance

Essential Dancing Tips for Newbies

Kathryn Whitworth| October 10, 2013

If dancing is a dreamed hobby and career , then one must learn the art and science behind the chosen dance niche. Learning the basics and techniques will not just improve your dancing skills, it will also improve your well-being and lifestyle.

If you are an amateur just planning to start a career in Dancing, here are some of the steps that you can use to improve in the chosen craft:

1. Find an excellent, respected and credible dance instructor or dance school.
Locate the best dancing schools or mentors around you. The world wide web is an immediate source of  these mentors who are just near your proximity. These schools are often top-notch and are recognized for the quality of students they produce, thus, they have quality output to uphold. Depending on the investment that you are willing to spend to learn the craft, you can start with the Top 5 Dancing Schools in the Country or be a protege of the well-known respected dancer in your state. Most often, being accepted in recognized dancing schools can give you edge in applying for future dancing jobs.

2. Observe other dances, the dancers  and the techniques used.
Dancing is both an art and a Science. The basic counting steps and forms define a genre. It is with the basic that you will be able to learn the standards. It  is with the  internalization of well choreographed moves and the presentation of the collective steps that ones art is shown.  These are often done by the masters. You can gain learning’s from their experiences and they can also teach you simple to complex dance movements that can further enhance your own dance style. Don’t just learn about your particular dance genre. You can use combinations from other dance categories. If you are studying, contemporary, then learn how to do jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap and ballroom, all at the same time if you need to.

Aside from having the passion, finding an inspiration is necessary in rendering a passionate dance from the heart. There are many dancers who still lack the conviction to dance. This is because they have nothing or no one to do it for. So, it is really important to dance for something you believe in. Family, friends, lovers/partners and mentors are common influences for dancers.

4. Always practice good posture.
Good posture is a critical component of a graceful dance move that most often exudes confidence and strong esteem with is critical in a dance audition. When you slouch, it unintentionally showing undisciplined behavior and bad back  which may result to an unfavorable response of the judges to your performance.

5. Regularly do warm-up and Cool down exercises to prepare your body.
Stretching is really important for the body. When you dance without warming up, chances are you can strain your muscles. This increases your risks for muscle pains and other injuries. Warm up exercises meant for the entire body right before your actual dance practice. Cooling down after the practice will help you calm your tensed and overused muscles.

6. Wear proper dancing shoes.
Dancing shoes are essential. Make certain that you wear comfortable shoes with your exact size. You can’t dance if your shoes does not fit properly. A too tight or too loose pair of shoes will not just hurt your feet, but can possibly be the cause for other parts of your body to be injured in cases of slips or falls.

7. Learn the art of relaxation.
If warming up and cooling down is for the body, you should also have some relaxation for the mind. You should clear your mind from any negative thoughts, especially when you are getting ready for auditions and performances. Remember that even seasoned dancers still get nervous when they are up to go onstage, so always give yourself some time to breathe. Breathing exercises, yoga and meditation are the best relaxation activities. They are also great for calming down dancers who lack the confidence to perform in front of a huge crowd.

Aside from the seven tips mentioned above, there is also another thing that you should not forget when you dance and these are the facial expressions. Some dance types require you to add some emotions like being happy or sad. To connect more with your dance and to make it really emotional, you have to know how to express yourself well.

If you will just follow everything mentioned above, you won’t have any trouble establishing and developing your career in dance. You will find that even if you are still a beginner, these dancing tips will really work at helping you enhance your potential as a dancer.

 

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