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Contemporary Dance for Beginners: Dance Tips & Tricks
You’ve got a playlist packed with songs that fill you with feeling...
You’ve watched a million Contemporary dance performances on YouTube...
You’ve dreamed about expressing yourself to music and telling stories through movement...
But, you don’t know how to start learning Contemporary dance as a total beginner.
Don’t worry – we’re here to help!
Follow this guide to kickstart your Contemporary dance journey with all the right knowledge.What is Contemporary Dance?
Contemporary dance is all about self-expression, storytelling, and freedom.
It pulls from traditional dance styles like Ballet & Jazz, but breaks away from the strict techniques and movements that make those styles so recognizable.
When watching a Contemporary routine (or phrase), you’ll catch many of the moves executed in more traditional styles, in addition to acrobatics, martial arts, movements pulled from yoga, and plenty of experimental movements that reflect the feelings of the dancer.
Wondering if Contemporary dance is for you?
If you’re looking for a style that allows you to connect with yourself physically and artistically, you’ve come to the right place!
As you adopt the mindset of a Contemporary dancer, you’ll learn how to communicate your emotions by moving every inch of your body with nuance and intention.
You’ll also improve your ability to create clean lines and aesthetically pleasing shapes as you dance.
And if you’re more familiar with other styles like Hip Hop, Popping, or House, adding Contemporary to your repertoire will strengthen your musicality skills.
You’ll learn how to think outside of the box, create pictures you’ve never tried before, and engage muscles you never knew you had.
All that sound good to you?
Start learning Contemporary dance at home with STEEZY’s “Intro to Contemporary” program for beginners!
1.What to wear
Since Contemporary dance requires a wide range of motion, wear clothes that won’t restrict your movement.
Loose tops, pants, or shorts that are breezy enough to sweat in will work best.
You can dance in bare feet to feel fully connected to the floor, but wear socks if you intend to dance on rougher carpeted surfaces or do a lot of gliding around on the floor.
2. How to prep your dance space
If you’re taking a Contemporary dance class at home, clear 6ft by 6ft of space to dance in and get rid of any sharp edges nearby.
This will allow you to jump, turn, and move without bumping a shin on that pesky coffee table or tripping over an awkward rug.
3. How to prep your body
In order to move with both fluidity and power, Contemporary dancers need to develop a strong core and stable lower body.
In addition to taking your regular dance classes, find 10-15 minutes each day to strengthen your back, abs, and legs.
Holding planks, doing crunches, and balancing on one foot for as long as you can (bonus if you stand on the balls of your feet), will help you get stronger!
You can also spend 10-15 minutes doing gentle yoga routines and stretching exercises to increase your flexibility and range of motion.
Lastly, on class days, don’t forget to warm your body up before dancing!
If your instructor does not include a warmup in their class, take 5-10 minutes to do light cardio and stretching beforehand.
Your first Contemporary classes should thoroughly cover basic techniques, encourage exploration, and help you start building your artistic foundation.
Look for classes that not only teach common moves like Chassés and Ball Changes, but also explain different ways to execute those moves to create different visual effects.
The same move can evoke a totally different emotion when it’s executed crazy quickly versus painfullyyyy sloowwwwlyyyy. (More on that later!)
If possible, chat with your potential instructors before signing up for their class, and ask about how they teach.
Skilled Contemporary instructors will help you explore how your body moves specifically, and push you to move in unexpected ways.
Expect the class to feel more interactive than a typical dance class where you’re quietly copying the instructor.
You might be asked a lot of questions to help you think through your intentions, and spend some time freestyling or improvising.
This is why we included an open-ended exercise on each day of STEEZY’s “Intro to Contemporary” program – the class experience should be immersive and personal, just like your actual dancing.
1. Build body awareness
Before you can start learning to dance with emotional intensity and grace, you have to understand how your body moves and build up the connection between your brain and muscles.
In addition to improving your flexibility, you can use stretch exercises to get in tune with your body.
For example, try slowly lowering your chest down to the floor and back up, moving one vertebrae at a time, to explore what it feels like to activate each back muscle.
For a more creative exercise, follow along with this body awareness video, where you’ll explore moving points on your body along an imaginary grid.
As you do these exercises, focus on only moving one body part at a time, while keeping the rest of your body completely still –– this will make it easier to build muscle memory!
2. Understand eye contact & chin lines
Contemporary dancers don’t just tell stories with their bodies –– they make full use of their faces too!
The direction in which you focus your eyes and chin as you dance will add emotional context to each move.
Look at the images below, and ask yourself, “what does this expression tell me?”
Notice how her expression goes from arrogant to flirtatious, with just subtle changes in her chin angle and eyes?
Practice different angles in the mirror yourself, and make use of those expressions when you dance.
3. Explore different movement qualities
There are several different schools of thought when it comes to defining how Contemporary dancers can move.
In STEEZY Studio’s “Intro to Contemporary” program, we use Laban effort qualities, because they’re straightforward and easy for beginners to understand.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Laban effort qualities:
Flow: Whether you move with a sense of freedom or resistance.
Time: Whether you move suddenly or slowly.
Weight: Whether your movements look heavy or light.
Space: Whether you move directly or indirectly from one place to another.
Mastering each quality of movement will expand your toolbelt as a Contemporary dancer.
4. Practice safe movements
You know how certain movements look/feel super complicated at first? (Lookin’ at you fancy floorwork)
You can avoid injuries and discomfort by carefully watching the pathways your instructor takes to get from one position to the next.
When moving to the floor, use your hands to help the rest of your body arrive.
When rolling on the ground, use the softest (🍑) parts of your body as your main point of contact, rather than your joints.
When jumping, land on the balls of your feet rather than flat-footed, so your body can absorb the shock of hitting the ground.
At any time, if something feels painful to execute, ask your instructor for safety tips or find an alternative move altogether.
5. Familiarize yourself with Ballet, Jazz, and other foundations
Since Contemporary draws from other styles, it won’t hurt to check out beginner Ballet classes or beginner Jazz dance classes as a supplement to your Contemporary training.
By learning basic moves from other styles, you’ll also understand more about how the Contemporary versions of those moves can differ.
A few essential moves that carry from style to style?Ball ChangesPivot TurnsChassésPas de Bourrées
3. Journal & improvise to hone your craft
When you perform a dance, it helps to recall a powerful memory that fits the choreography.
So, take the time to journal regularly, and put your own powerful experiences to paper, making them easier to recall.
If you’ve never journaled before, try looking at an emotions wheel, selecting a feeling, and writing about a time you experienced it yourself.
As you write, don’t spare any details. Think of what you wore, how the room/space smelled, how your body felt… everything.
All of that color and context will help you later!
You can also try putting on a song that gets you in your feels, and imagining a fantasy situation that fits the music.
Then, improvise a dance where you’re the main character in that fantasy.
“Improv is a great way to explore how your body moves outside of structure, break habits, and discover new things.” – Karen Chuang, STEEZY Contemporary Instructor
We hope this article helped you feel comfortable and confident as you start your Contemporary dance journey!
Remember, your body already has an existing vocabulary of movements whether you’re trained in dance or not.
You know what it feels like to hug, punch, curl into a ball, reach for the top cabinet, collapse on the floor…
And Contemporary dance is just an exaggeration of those familiar movements set to music!
Everything you need already exists within you. Now, all you have to do is start.
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The Class You Need To Unlock Your Dancer Potential
A contemporary dance class? As Hip Hop dancers? Um, why?? We all know that dancer who kills it in the buck pieces but actually started as a technically trained studio dancer – you could say that he/she has a "leg up" on the competition.
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Instead of wishing you could "do those spins" or lift your leg really high, learn how!Whether you've been in the community for years or just started dancing yesterday, every hip hop dancer should explore different styles of dance, especially contemporary. You can learn things about yourself (physically and artistically) that you might not have known, and the skills you can learn can help you grow as a dancer in general. Here are five reasons why you should take a contemporary dance class as well as five ways to take the things you learn in class and practice them at home!
1.You'll Widen Your Range of Motion... Everywhere.
Because this is a different style of movement, your body will have to move in different ways.
Your arms will have to curve a little different, your legs will have to straighten all the way to make a clean line, you'll have to point or flex your feet like you've never had to do in your Converse chucks.
See Related Article: How To Utilize Your Body To Execute Choreography Better From Carlo Darang (Cookies)
Depending on what type of contemporary dance class you're taking, your types of movements will vary as well.
Maybe you're taking a classical contemporary dance class that is built on modern and ballet foundations; your class will probably demand pointed toes, turning out, squaring your hips, pulling up, and upright posture.
Or perhaps you're taking a modern and abstract contemporary dance class; there can be weird angles, super upright or super concave postures, turning out and then turning in extremely, and energy in your pointed or flexed feet.
More commonly though, you might take a more mainstream contemporary dance class available at the bigger studios; your angles and movements can go from milk to Sprite, and it won't be about how many turns you can do or how high your leg goes but rather on how you can feel the music and take the choreography and make it your own.
Regardless of the type of contemporary dance class you take, your motions will be new and different – but a good kind of new and different.
Annnd, your flexibility will probably improve because the style can ask for beautiful lines and legs over 90 degrees, a skill that is not usually asked of in hip hop.
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DIY Contemporary Dance Class Tip:
Try stretching every so often when you are at home. Do all of the stretches you do for warm ups with the team but hold them longer and really try to feel it in your muscles.
Sit on the floor and try to split your legs and keep them straight as you gently try to put your chest towards the ground (gently -- NEVER have someone push you down in this stretch or in life).
Take some time to point and flex your toes every so often, and try looking in the mirror and making different shapes with your arms (look up the arm positions of ballet for basic ideas to start).
2. You'll Engage Muscles You Didn't Know You Had.
Dancing feels different when you start working out, and you have to learn how to control your body in different ways; when you grow biceps/triceps/traps, your speed control with your upper body changes drastically, and you don't need as much energy as you used to (yay).
When you take a contemporary dance class, you'll have to use muscles that you never had to use before.
Even contemporary classes that are at beginning technique levels involve a lot more leg work than hip hop will demand; pointing and flexing your feet, going on the balls of your feet in releve, going into a deep second position plie and then getting back up really fast -- these all engage your lower body in ways that are not commonly prevalent in hip hop, and that's okay.
You'll have to use your core a lot more if you start taking technique classes, and you'll have to strengthen your legs to start being able to stand on the balls of your feet. Sure, arms may look flowy and beautiful on stage but it actually takes a lot of back muscle work to milk those arm movements.
These muscles can/will help you in hip hop, and your hip hop training can also help you in a contemporary dance class; sharp movements in hip hop are hard to learn, using muscles that a ballerina might not have.
Use your strengths, but also become stronger!
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DIY Contemporary Dance Class Tip:
Every contemporary dance class and style will demand different things and different muscles, but your core will always be needed.
Doing sit ups, crunches (more than 300 please; we all know crunches to sit ups is analogous to the elliptical to a treadmill), and planks will help with your core.
Also, just learning to balance on one foot is a good way to engage your core, especially on the balls of your feet.
Always suck in your tummy and make sure your belly button is going in towards your spine; you will stay tight this way and engage that core automatically.
3. You'll Learn How to Take Care of Your Body.
If it wasn't for ballet, I wouldn't know what R.I.C.E. was, I wouldn't know how to stretch out a pulled groin, and I wouldn't know that you can ice your shin splints (weird).
When a basketball player learns how to take a jump shot, the first thing he/she learns is not how to jump properly -- he/she is usually told to jump high. When a technically trained dancer learns how to jump, he/she first learns how to use deep plie to jump high, and the importance of landing toe-ball-heel to absorb shock and avoid injury.
Aside from jumping, there are plenty of other things that you can learn in a contemporary dance class that can roll over to what you do in hip hop. You could be getting up from the floor using a lot of upper body strength when instead, you could use your legs and engage in your abs to get up swiftly. You could be kicking and popping your leg out to hit the '5 e and a 6' but you might be doing it recklessly rather than allocating your energy into certain parts of your leg. You could keep injuring your knee because you're turning it inwards instead of keeping it aligned with your ankle from a jump.
All of these things happen because we are learning things in the community as dancers not as technicians, which isn't a bad thing! However, learning the rationale and physics behind the movement isn't bad either; you can never be too informed.
See Related Article: How To Take Care Of Your Body As A Dancer
4. The Way You Feel Musicality Will Change
The way a contemporary instructor interprets the music and produces a piece will differ from a hip hop instructor not only because of personal styles but also because of the different range of movements that he/she can fill the music with.
It's like giving a coloring book to a person with crayons and a person with markers; not only will they color everything however they'd like to, but one will be waxy and one will be inky and maybe the person with crayons will color in layers and blend waxily while the person with markers will use the broad end of the marker to sweep across the page instead of the tip.
A great feeling during class is when you learn a piece to a song you know, but the instructor fills the music with different movements and highlights different beats that you hadn't even thought of, and when you add in a whole new style, the feeling can just be eye opening.
See Related Article: The Ultimate Guide To Musicality For Beginner Dancers
DIY Contemporary Dance Class Tip:
Musicality in itself that you have to work on personally by listening to all types of music consistently and picking up different beats and rhythms in the music and connecting them with different and dynamic movements. Just to give you an example of how two genres can interpret music completely different but equally as amazingly, watch:
5. You'll Grow As A Dancer, In All Styles
Nowadays, there are so many dancers who can hit all 700 beats in a song but when asked to freestyle and vibe, they can't feel the music or just groove. Your ability to pick up the choreo and execute it as the choreographer shows it is great, but your personal style is what will set you apart.
Contemporary – or any other genre outside of what you normally do – will force you to think outside the box, whether you enjoyed the class or hated it.
You'll learn that you can count music differently, that you can breathe differently, that you can move differently. That in itself will help you grow up and grow out of the cookie cutter "hard hitting" pieces we all know and love.
There's nothing wrong with being able to execute a hard hitting piece proficiently, but think about why you like your favorite choreographer: it's not because he/she is really good at hitting all of the beats but rather because he/she has interpreted the music personally and filled it with movement that you would have never thought of.
DIY Contemporary Dance Class Tip:
The final tip that will wrap up this whole article is honestly just to take class or to watch a bunch of contemporary videos on YouTube. There are a plethora of contemporary choreographers and dancers (she's my favorite), even at the studios you might already take class from!
There's only so much you can do at home, so get off your booty and try taking a contemporary dance class. Whether it's a beginners contemporary dance class at your local studio with 12 year olds or an advanced technique class that you accidentally walked into, you're going to learn something from it.
he grey area between the genres of dance is growing every season; you see a lot more contemporary inspired movements in the community in each new set a team puts out. Yes, old school foundations and roots towards hip hop are very important, but the blending of the genres should inspire you to learn, grow, and create more.Take a class and your body will open and curve and close and hit and milk and pop in so many new ways, you'll feel it differently musically as well as muscularly, and who knows? Maybe you were born to be a contemporary dancer and win SYTYCD or something.
Do you know any additional exercises that may be helpful? Comment below and share with us!See how your contemporary dance classes are paying off by taking an urban dance choreography class on STEEZY Studio!90,000 12 life hacks, to quickly learn how to dance from Mamita Dance
Author: Pavel Gather
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa and Tango
Author: Pavel Pavel
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa
on At the start, you always want to get a quick result. When it doesn't happen, the hypothesis arises that everything takes time. After a conditionally acceptable time, humility comes to mastering pair dances, which, perhaps, is not given, and I will just do what I learned somehow.
This is the most common story of those who believe that the mere act of attending a pair dance class is enough to learn how to dance.
Absolutely not. If you want to really dance well, you have to make an effort outside of the dance class. A good teacher will definitely be needed, but the initiative should be on your side.
1. Listen to music
The most common and accessible advice that is given already in the first lessons. And it definitely works. Music creates a certain atmosphere of the dance and intuitively you want to move to it. It doesn't matter where you listen to music - in the car, on headphones while walking or doing household chores.
An addition that will help you dance better is your active participation in the music. Sing along, dance or simply beat musical accents with any free parts of the body. In the subway, for example, it is enough to tap out bright moments with your fingers, in the car to sing along with sounds, and at home you can jump for pleasure.
2. Watch videos of good dancers
It's complicated, but also obvious. It’s more difficult, because without recommendations from more experienced dancers, unfortunately, it’s not so easy to find a good quality video on the net (I mean not the resolution quality, but the content itself).
Meaningful video viewing is about building an understanding of HOW dancers make a particular impression on a partner or viewer. Technology is at the heart of everything. Understanding how the pros do it is a big step forward.
It is important to distinguish a show from a disco dance, a staged performance from an improvisation, a stylized dance from an authentic one, etc. Ask for recommendations and dance teachers will always throw off a couple of videos of worthy landmarks.
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3. Dance in salsatecas/milongas/discotheques
A very delicate moment when it is worth coming to the first party. From a technical point of view, most students in 1-3 months have a sufficient set of figures and techniques to come and dance calmly. Psychologically, the same moment can be stretched out for an indefinite time. After all, it is imperative to “not lose face”, “learn more figures” and be sure what to do in case “there is an unfamiliar movement”.
In fact, the partygoers don't really care (except for a small layer of non-professional teachers who want to help inexperienced dancers by treating them as customers in the future). It is important to come and try dancing after a month of classes. You can only with friends or guys from your group. This will be enough to feel the adrenaline and inspiration from the dance.
4. Dance with partners or partners not of your level
The conventional wisdom that you need to practice in groups of your level does not withstand the test of experience. Perhaps now your eyes widened in surprise, and you want to meaningfully read the phrase again. Yes, you saw everything correctly: when you dance with a partner of your level, you don’t grow anywhere.
It's important to understand that not only does it work one way and you have to dance with cooler dancers, but it works even more effectively the other way. It is no coincidence that teaching pair dances dramatically raises the level of the teacher himself. You have an endless stream of very beginner dancers.
How it works. A more experienced partner needs to be "stretched". It's easy and obvious. With beginners, you need to take more initiative on yourself, see the general pattern of the dance more widely, turn on and insure more, try to be an example and be more careful. The quality of interaction begins to grow significantly. And wonderful partners too.
Dancing with partners of your level doesn't make you grow. Dance with both beginners and more advanced dancers
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5. Learn to dance for a partner and for a partner
Turks and Argentines are one of the best partners in the world. In Russia, partners are highly valued. Why? The answer is simple. In Argentina and Turkey, it is not questionable for men to ask another man to lead in one piece or another and give feedback on the quality of the lead. For them, it will be a great shame to hear moralizing from a partner, or even more so to be known in the community as an insecure partner.
In Russia, due to the constant, often far-fetched, opinion that there are more women in pair dances, partners calmly get up and study their partner's part. Such partners then grow into very cool dancers and teachers. In no case do this at parties, only in class. Here we are talking only about the learning strategy. At parties, be yourself.
6. Do not memorize the links
Always try to look deeper and understand the through principle and idea of movement. Understanding what and how is done will make it possible to independently generate any sequences and chips.
Human memory is limited and there will always be a moment when something will escape and your repertoire will be limited by the size of RAM.
In Argentine tango, for example, there are seven levels of movement construction that, when mastered, will allow you to make millions of combinations. And how many dance sequences can you really remember? In rueda, more than 150 figures dance in a rare circle. It's hard to keep more in mind.
7. Develop your body
Many years of experience in teaching couple dance shows that as soon as everyone pairs up in a class, any progress in individual style ends. But it is the individual style that distinguishes everyone at the disco: partners change, and style is always with you.
The body as the main instrument of dance must be very plastic, responsive and emotional. Surprisingly, not all pair dance schools have a general physical warm-up. It is vital to tune the body and understand how it works.
You can always train extra and concentrate more on the basic steps, as their true value is as body work. The sequence of steps is, in fact, the simplest thing that can be in pair dancing. The quality of individual performance determines the craftsmanship.
8. Try on the images of inspiring dancers
A psychological life hack for those who have already mastered the steps, but still feel that there is not enough brightness and drive. Most are terribly afraid of being someone else's "clone". Here the action is the same as under the influence of hypnosis - the more you resist, the more you plunge into an altered state of consciousness.
With a high degree of probability, you are already dancing like someone else's "clone". A meaningful fitting of someone else's image is that you mentally take the image of the one who inspires you (inspiration is critical in this case) and "put on" yourself. Then you start dancing and trying to feel in general how it is to be able, for example, to be the best partner or the sexiest partner in a disco. This is much more difficult than it seems. But it works extremely efficiently.
9. Dance to offbeat music
Habitual rhythms keep you tight. Tango salon or speedy timba leave little room for experimentation and fantasy. Pattern dancing is always noticeable and is reserved for beginners.
The truly new is born outside of the usual. Look for places to experiment. If there is no place, organize self-training. The main thing is not to get carried away, because music determines the style. We bring something new to pair dances, rather than trying to change them.
Search, improvise, don’t be afraid to go beyond, develop in different directions, be inspired by music atypical for the style
10. Try your hand at basic dance directions
dances exist according to their own non-choreographic laws.
This is the deepest delusion, which has turned into a ceiling for the qualitative development of partner dances. After all, all professional dancers, for example, in salsa or bachata, build their ideas on the basic choreographic principles.
Do not think that choreography is only applicable on stage. Any meaningful movement of the body can be choreographic. In general, try classical or modern choreography. Basically, hip-hop can work too.
11. Look for battle sensations
Pair dances return us to an active position of manifestation of our body. As in the days of our ancient ancestors, we impress the members of the opposite sex by how dexterous, hardy, sexy, etc. we are. Modern laws of the jungle in the entourage of big cities.
If you look around the dance floor, it becomes clear that the majority are clearly herbivores (not in the sense of vegetarians, but in relation to those around them). I am sure that predators are always more interesting in terms of the attractiveness of the image - try to find a counterbalance among herbivores, for example, a cat woman or a lion man.
The conversation is about an internal position, not about aggressiveness. Lability and lack of control are inherent in adolescents, and not in adult self-sufficient people.
Accordingly, even a training or friendly battle gives, on the one hand, practical skills - to make a bright sequence of movements, bring an idea to a climax, show a spectacular feature, on the other hand, develops the psychological basis of the dance - self-confidence, resistance to extraneous attention, self-control and self-control in complex elements.
12. Communicate with professionals
The environment shapes the internal position. Basically, real passionaries of the dance community are ready to openly talk, discuss and support the development of dance in every possible way. Universal principles and the ideas they articulate have a much longer and more practical perspective than meets the eye.
Accept that, for example, behind the words "listen to your partner" is not only a beautiful metaphor, but also a practical skill to literally listen to your partner. At the same time, always treat every thought, even the most respected teacher, as a private opinion.
Your skill will lie in finding the scope of the idea even in conflicting opinions. Most often, the contradiction is speculative and the truth lies in the angle of perception or situationality.
Your dancing growth will stop sooner or later. This can happen at the level of three basic steps or years of experience in teaching and show performances. Regardless of your level, the suggested 12 life hacks can get you off the ground and greatly accelerate your dance growth. There is no way here without your motivation and activity. Take your dance development into your own hands. 9Ol000 Dangerous sexuality
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I want to learn how to dance, where do I start?
The need to dance is present in every person, only in some it is more developed, in others it is weaker. If the desire to master dance steps has become very strong, it is definitely worth trying to develop in this direction. Moreover, now there are all conditions for beginners, the main thing is to clearly understand why you need it, and be ready to make efforts, allocate time for self-improvement. We will understand the key issues that concern those who wish learn modern dance .
What do dance lessons give?
There are many reasons to start dancing in Moscow :
- maintenance of excellent physical shape at any age;
- development of plasticity of movements, which is especially important for the fair sex, who want to be graceful and gentle in the eyes of men;
- prevention and rehabilitation in diseases of the musculoskeletal system and the cardiovascular system;
- struggle with everyday routine and stress, relieving physical and moral stress;
- increase in energy - the dancer's body is always in good shape, and the soul is filled with positive;
- training of the vestibular apparatus and coordination;
- getting rid of complexes;
- a manifestation of a creative nature - many who pass training in modern dance subsequently become directors and directors of various shows, finding their calling in life in this;
- successful fight against extra pounds.
You can start learning dance at any age. This type of creativity has practically no contraindications, and if some direction is not suitable due to health problems, there will always be a dozen others that will be interesting to do. You just have to decide which look you like more than others, and start learning.
Overcoming inner fears is the first step towards a dream
The number of people who come to dance classes for beginners in Moscow is constantly growing, but there are many more people who never come to the teachers, postponing the fulfillment of their inner desires “until later”. It's all because of deep-seated fears associated with:
- lack of innate plasticity - of course, studying is easier for someone, but if there is a desire, willpower and, of course, a competent coach, then everything will definitely work out;
- a respectable age - do you really think that in the lessons there are only children and youth? Now everyone is really dancing, so relax and sign up for trial dance lesson !
- with an imperfect figure - if only slim girls came to classes, then the halls would have been empty long ago;
- fear of hitting or stepping on your partner's foot - if you are so afraid of hurting someone, start with single directions;
- tall or vice versa short stature - in fact, the contrast of the growth of partners looks very impressive, and when you have better control over the body, it will cease to be felt at all. Besides, who said that one more such unique person will not get into the group with you?
There are people who, in principle, find it difficult to communicate with others because of embarrassment. For them, the best option is to make the first attempts at home. There are tons of videos on the Internet marked " Learn to dance ", and no one is stopping you from trying to perform the movements that are shown there. Wait until no one is at home (if you are shy), turn on the video and repeat after the virtual instructor. It is important to understand that everyone has their own learning rate, and there are no clear limits when you should master a certain movement or combination. Once you feel that you have achieved some success, you can start attending special dance lessons for beginners .
What does it take to learn to dance?
Nothing supernatural is required from you to develop yourself as a dancer. Really Important:
- Desire - it should not be a momentary whim, but a conscious desire to learn.
- Regularity - if you have already decided to learn modern dance in Moscow and enrolled in a group, then do not miss classes without a good reason. Don't be lazy - the result is worth it.
- A professional teacher - real success cannot be achieved without a good teacher, so take his choice very responsibly. The trainer must be experienced enough, be able to interest and properly organize the learning process, as well as be aware of the latest dance trends.
- Refusing to compare with others - do not constantly look at those who are doing better than you. Improve at your own pace and you won't notice how you become the best in your group.
- Inspiration - dance is not just a mechanical set of movements, but a spiritual impulse, so it is important to bring a piece of yourself into the process, achieving harmony with yourself and the world around you.
What is the difference between modern trends and classic ones
The concept of "contemporary dance", which is now used to denote modern techniques, has significant differences from what is commonly called classic:
- Modern dance lesson is built primarily on self-expression and improvisation, rather than hard memorization of movements.
- Mastered movements can be easily used at discos, parties and corporate events.
- You can make an effort to become a professional at any age, and in the future you can even start teaching yourself.
- Lack of role restrictions - male and female partners are equal and can perform any movement.
- Teaching is individualized, that is, the teacher adapts to the student, and not vice versa.
Which is better: lessons at home or with a teacher?
Initially, you need to decide what exactly you want to achieve - to become a professional dancer and participate in competitions, learn how to move beautifully , find an interesting hobby, lose weight, etc. It directly depends on where to master dance techniques. Home workouts are good at the initial stage, especially if you are shy about something or for some reason cannot study in a team.
A beginner to dance at home can count on the following benefits:
- no restrictions in terms of time, place and duration of classes - you can practice anywhere and anytime, as long as there is a desire and willpower. It is precisely with the latter that the most difficulties arise, because not everyone knows how to organize themselves and devote time and effort to training every day or 2-3 times a week;
- lack of psycho-emotional discomfort due to the absence of other students, but over time it becomes very boring to do this;
- minimal material investment - only the basics can be mastered for free, but there are no real prospects for development.
A good dance school in Moscow is able to give much more than self-study, because here a person is and improves his skills in a team. There is always a teacher nearby who is ready to show what and how to do, explain and correct mistakes, give recommendations if you can’t cope with a particular movement, etc. Spacious rooms with state-of-the-art audio systems and equipped with warm-up areas and full-length mirrors are also among the advantages. Each visit to the school will be a positive charge for you and a chance to relax, taking care of your body and spiritual world.
How to choose activities "to your liking"?
A variety of dance techniques allows anyone to find their ideal. Remember what you dreamed about as a child, watch videos of different options, and ideally, take a few trial lessons to figure out your own preferences. You should also not forget about health - consult with a trainer if you can do it in advance. Another nuance - do not aim at complex dances, it is better to start with something simple if you plan to learn from scratch.
Tips for beginner dancers
- Dance always and everywhere, do not hesitate to show your feelings, because dancing is, first of all, a reflection of the soul and your mood.
- Responsibly treat the choice of school and coach.
- Make sure to buy high-quality shoes and suitable clothing, because the effectiveness of the lessons, your comfort and safety depend on this.
- Do not think that you are a star after a month of classes - of course, you can show off your successes to your family and friends, but remember that dancers, including professionals, improve all their lives.
And the last thing - choose a dance direction based on your own preferences, and not fashion trends, herd instinct (Like, everyone does this, why am I worse?) Or the advice of the second half. It’s up to you to go to the lessons, and you should have fun, and this is possible only if you find something to your liking!
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