How to dance at a rap concert

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Dance to Any Type of Music

All photos, except this one, are by Dan Evans

Like anything that requires continuous excursion of the limbs, dancing will render you breathless and inadequate. Formative years can be spent trying to learn; girls developing their flair at a Street Dancing class in a village hall every Thursday; boys sliding across the floor at every school disco - but it’s mostly useless. Reach the legal age for adult-dancing and all skill will be replaced with the rhythmic coordination of a beer-stained sloth on MDMA.


However, the ability to bust out sweet-ass moves isn’t completely unattainable. Even if you have a gut that restricts physical activity to a brisk walk up a flight of stairs, a boilerplate exists for every genre, each movement requiring minimal effort but ensuring average comfort among a crowd full of strangers with condoms inside their wallets and bad thoughts in their brains.

I learnt about the dance-move boilerplate after spending some time on Howcast, a YouTube channel that aims to teach people “How to Kiss Harder” and “How to Win The Lottery”, assumedly created for humans without common sense. Here it was confirmed that, actually, “dance like nobody is watching” is a lie and the real quote is “dance like everybody is watching and judging your ability to conform to clichéd expectations”. With that in mind, this is a step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

How to Dance to Dubstep…

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve witnessed a person successfully dance to dubstep; mostly because it’s almost impossible to oscillate to the musical equivalent of a small-child repeatedly throwing up the contents of a twelve-pack of smell gel-pens, but also because it’s definitely impossible if you’re trying to do it while on ketamine. In this case, patiently await the drop by staring at the floor and asking yourself why you’re at a dubstep night. When the Skrillex branded-bass-bomb finally climaxes, contort your face and treat your body like an octopus, resulting in the accidental spill of a drink all down your chin. Leave before the desire to stand on the toes of the dickhead behind you becomes as inexorable as the mental frustration that comes from listening to dubstep for more than five-minutes.


How to Dance to Rock Music…

I would write a paragraph on air-guitaring, but the idiots at Howcast are on point:

“The basic thing that you want to do when you’re listening to rock if you’re at a concert or at a club or anything is basically just to feel the beat and your attitude right?”

"As cliche as it might be that's what feels good and that's just kind of like, how it goes"

“If you stay on the beat and really feel the pulse, people around you will pick up on that, and you’re going to look like a cool guy.”

“And you’re going to be rocking out! It’s going to be awesome.”


How to Dance to House Music…

Initially, buy a pair of trainers, ideally a model that is equivalent in price to two days of full-time work. They won’t help you dance, but they’ll ensure that you look as fresh as every other dickhead with a disposable income. Then, while wearing the trainers, stand in the corner of the dance-floor, making a space for yourself. Move your feet in an inexplicable format and wait for an enthusiast to write an article debating if the frequency of your foot movement is the end for House Music.

How to Dance to Pop Music…

As anyone that has witnessed the euphoria attained by vaguely connected relatives at a wedding reception will tell you, dancing to pop music is easy, especially if you’re five flutes deep. First, find your best group of best friends forever. Preferably these will be people that will boost your attractiveness, a crucial quality while nestling in the bosom of Real Life Tinder where the only swipe right is an uncomfortably long eye-fuck. Once you’ve determined a beautified Hitler Youth dressed in All Saints, stand in a circle, mouthing all the wrong words like you mean it. Make a decision to rock forward or backward and move your torso like an ornament in the back window of a car, occasionally peering into your friend’s eyes and catching a moment that cannot be described with a word. Clap your hands out of time. Check your phone. Take a selfie. Congratulate yourself for being beautiful and having the best best friends EVER. Then order some shots, render the rest of the evening a black-out, and end it tripping down the stairs in front of everyone queuing for the cloak-room.


How to Dance to Hip Hop…

In their quest to teach the world everything, Howcast created a video for dancing to rap music, stating “the main thing with hip-hop is to relax, and have fun”. But really, we all know that dancing to hip-hop is something that TBH, beyond the Honey DVD and unrealistic music videos, is limited to guy’s waving their arms and shouting one word at the end of each bar. Still, if you really really really want to dance to rap music. it’s possible. Pick a hand-signal, the Hov triangle; the Fred Durst rollin’ wave; the A$AP Rocky bounce, and ride with it, feeling like a baller because you managed to spit the first verse to “99 Problems” without fucking up.

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How to Dance at a Club or Party

You probably know people who can dance at a club without a second thought.

They just go out, have a few drinks, get down on the dance floor, and have a great night.

Meanwhile, you're seized by panic and insecurity just thinking about dancing at a club.

And whenever you do drag yourself out, you stay glued to the wall and watch everyone else let loose on the dance floor.

But guess what? Those awkward feels are completely normal. And we PROMISE you can overcome them!

Follow these 5 simple steps and never worry about feeling left out again.

1. Find the beat/rhythm as you make your way towards the dance floor

Don't expect yourself to bust out a Step Up routine out of nowhere as soon as you step foot on the dance floor.

This isn't a movie! Start small – really small – by just bobbing your head to the beat.

Do this before you even get on the dance floor. Think of it this way: Music is the one thing that lubricates the whole experience of being at the club.

It sets the mood as soon as you walk in until the moment you walk out. You have to be comfortable with the music first.

So start interacting with the music right away. You can listen and nod your head a you're holding your drink, hanging with a friend, or even sitting down.

This is an easy way to set yourself up for success on the dance floor before you even start dancing.

Your body will already have a handle on the rhythm, so you're more likely to stay on beat by the time you do get your feet steppin'.

Watch this video to learn how to find and count beats in music:


Start with a small bounce / groove

Once you're on, or around, the dance floor, start bouncing with your whole body.

Think of this bounce as a bigger version of your head bob. You're still moving to that same rhythm, but now with your knees, core, and chest.

You know how a baby bounces on his knees when he hears a song he likes? Like that, but not as jolt-y.

Ease into those bounces calmly, then slowly build up your energy. This helps make your dancing look more natural.

Carlo Darang describes what a bounce / groove is in this video:

3. Learn simple steps

Got a handle on the music? Great.

Started bouncing with your body? Check. Now, let's get your feet moving!

But wait – you won't know which foot to step where without any practice.

So learn a few basic dance steps before you go to dance at a club.

This video will teach you how to do 3 basic dance moves that work with any song:

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4. Let loose

Now that you've got the basics of dance down, it's time to put on a few finishing touches to make sure you look comfortable and confident with every move.

These quick tips will help you refine your dancing so you look more loose, groovy, and comfortable:

5. Join the party

By this point, you've got a handle on dancing 1. on beat 2. with your whole body 3. using steps.

But you didn't come to dance at a club to do all this alone!

Once you have that base, dance with the people around you.

If you're in a crowd or a group of friends, then you can play off of their movements and energy.

Mimic the moves your friends are doing, lip sync with them, rap Nicki's entire verse in Motor Sport from memory.

And if the DJ or song lyrics tell you to do something (like put your hands up or jump), then do it!

These are little things you can't predict or practice – remember that you're out to have fun, not to play DDR in your head.

Grinding (or whatever you call it) on someone is its own topic – but whether you're dancing with one person or a whole group of people, the most important thing to do is to... Stay in rhythm!

You and your partner or friends could be doing totally different things. They could be jumping while you're pumping your arms.

She could be swaying side to side as you're 2-stepping.

But as long as you're moving to the same beat, it'll still feel like you're dancing together.

(The closer you physically get, though, the more similar you want your movements to be so that you don't end up hitting each other or creating friction between your moves. Dance with them!)


I hope these tips help you kiss those insecurities goodbye!

Follow these 5 steps and you'll realize that it's possible, and actually quite easy, to dance at a club.

You just need the right resources, some practice, and a dash of confidence. ;)

Have fun!

How to behave at a concert -


“What other concert? Are you tired of living? You're not going anywhere!" - this is how parents usually respond to your requests to buy a ticket to a concert of your favorite band. But are concerts really that scary? They, like any other cultural events, have their own atmosphere: favorite music, a dark hall with lighting effects, general euphoria and jubilation. If for the first time you are going to go to a concert of your favorite artist, then you will probably have a question: “How not to look like a frightened black sheep”? Who knows, maybe at the concert you will be able to make interesting acquaintances or meet your soul mate? Just read our tips and everything will be great!

What to wear?

In fact, you don't have to bother and dress as you like, because all eyes will be directed to the stage, and not to you. But you still don’t want to look like a simpleton, because what if you manage to take a picture with your favorite musician or stick together a handsome guy? We are sure that in your wardrobe there are a couple of regular jeans - they are ideal for a concert. On top, put on a loose T-shirt, shirt or top. But the most ideal option is a T-shirt with the logo of your favorite band. The main thing to remember is that no matter how cold it is outside, it is always hot in the hall!


You can take a backpack only if you are not going to dance right next to the stage, but plan to stand on the sidelines. For those who like to "slam" a cool hip bag is suitable. As for shoes, opt for the most comfortable sneakers or trainers in the world - after all, these are the most suitable shoes for a concert. In it you will be comfortable jumping and dancing to the beat of the music, and it will also protect your legs from ... other legs!

And don't be surprised if this is the last time you wear shoes.

If you're going to a music festival, which is usually held outdoors, it's best to bring a raincoat and a hat (eg cap). It doesn't take up much space. And if it rains, it will be very helpful. Also, unlike an umbrella, a raincoat will not interfere with you or others. A hat will protect you from sunstroke.


P.S.: And don't forget to put your hair back in a ponytail! First, few people in the crowd will like it if your hair climbs into their face. And secondly, the curls will be safe and sound.

What time do you arrive?

It all depends on where exactly you want to be during the concert. Right next to the stage? Then come a few hours before the performance and be prepared to endure all these several hours in line for the sake of your favorite music. You can come later, however, be sure that when you arrive 2 hours before the concert, at the entrance you will see a huge crowd of fans who have been queuing since 7 or 8 in the morning. Usually these fans consider themselves "true" connoisseurs of music and behave a little aggressively. Therefore, do not try to squeeze into the beginning or even into the middle of the queue - they may just not do with offensive words. But don't worry, you will still have a chance to be at the stage itself - read about it later;) If you just want to enjoy the music, dance enough away from the uncontrollable crowd, you can safely come at the time indicated on the ticket.


Fan launch

When launching, you should immediately prepare for what it will be like on the subway rush hour. Or even worse! Remember, just above, we talked about the fans who have been standing at the club since the very morning? And why did they warn you better not to climb into this crowd? Another reason lies just in the launch. Everyone wants to get to the club as soon as possible, and the stampede begins! Then, as a rule, everyone already forgets about the queue and makes their way to the entrance with all their might. Once again we advise you - do not climb into this crowd. If you come later, then nothing terrible will happen, you will still hear and see your favorite artist! :)

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How to get to the stage itself?

The first rule is that as soon as you are in the club, you should not rush headlong into the hall. Hurry, of course, it is necessary, but do not run as fast as you can. You don’t want to fall, get injured and admire not a handsome guitarist, but a cast on your arm, do you? Rule two - once in the hall, do not go to the center of the stage. Don't try to push through the middle of the crowd. This is where the most "mess" usually happens. Move along the perimeter - there is always less density, especially in clubs. When there are ten people left before the stage, start to penetrate diagonally into the center.

By the way, if you are going to a concert for the first time, then try to take a seat near the stage: there you can grab the fence and even touch the hand of the handsome vocalist!

Therefore, don't be surprised if your stage neighbors are only girls :)


Now let's talk about the most "terrible" action at the concert: the "moshe". This is a kind of dance in which the participants (mostly tough tough guys) form a circle, wave their arms, legs and perform strange body movements. In short, this is a real "kneader". But you don't have to be afraid! "Mosh" usually takes place behind the crowd so as not to disturb the others. And it’s very difficult to accidentally find yourself in this circle and get out of there with a black eye under your beautiful eye: most of the participants in the “mosh”, despite their formidable appearance, are cultured people, they immediately identify those who are in the wrong place, and calmly let them out. And fragile girls are carried out in their arms.


One of the most annoying things at concerts is the so-called waves - when one part of the crowd presses on others, they, in turn, on those standing nearby, until the momentum decreases enough to some part of the crowd began to push in the opposite direction - trying to balance the balance . .. And off we go ... If you still fell - try not to panic! Do everything to be noticed - then they will help you to rise. If you got to the stage itself, congratulations, you just got into the "flea market"! So that you don’t get knocked down in this “flea market” - jump in unison with people standing nearby, enjoy the music and general euphoria.


If you feel that the mosh, slam and flea market near the stage are not for you, then get a VIP ticket to the balcony! The launch to the balcony is carried out separately from the main one, and there is also no risk of falling or being squeezed by the crowd, the audience on the balcony is calm and friendly, and the view of the stage is gorgeous. And your mom won't worry about you. True, you have to pay a tidy sum.

What to expect besides your favorite music?

You have often seen on the Internet a huge number of people jumping, pushing and shouting. In fact, everything is a little different. Of course, at any concert there is always a flea market, but it's not scary at all, and even fun! After all, you yourself can jump, scream and have fun in every possible way. By the way, it's called "slam". Usually the crowd in the "slam" is very friendly, because they are, first of all, the same thinking people, and there you will find such an understanding that you have never met in your life. Therefore, no one will touch you there if you do not provoke anyone to a quarrel. And it is very easy to provoke a quarrel in our time, for example, with your mobile phone or tablet, which you raised up and closed the entire view to those who are standing behind you. Believe me, this infuriates a lot of people. You came here to enjoy a live performance of your favorite songs, and not to videotape the entire concert, right? :)

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How to meet a guy?

It so happened that in the crowd next to you, shoulder to shoulder, there is a handsome guy, and your attention is already attracted not by the languid handsome vocalist, but by him? Believe me, meeting a guy at a concert is very easy, because the fact that you were at this concert shows that you already have a common interest. First of all, you need to get his attention: ask him to move a little, which at a concert will be quite appropriate. Ask at halftime for his opinion on the opening act. Even if you are embarrassed to take the first step, we guarantee you that he will still turn to you during the concert. After all, people who find themselves in the same crowd, one way or another, become one big and very sociable company for those two hours while the concert is going on.


Enjoy every moment!

Each concert, and especially the concert of the most beloved band in the world, is a great holiday. Therefore, despite all these hustle and bustle, waves, slams and mosh, you should come and recharge with crazy energy from people performing on stage, get euphoria from your favorite song, meet new people, forget about all routine problems and enjoy every moment.


How to survive the "post-concert" syndrome?

The concert ended, the band left, all the friends went home, a week passed, and you only have memories, a lot of selfies and some videos. You constantly remember that grand day when you met with your friends from other cities, how much fun you had, how you enjoyed any music so passionately. Would love to relive that day, right? And after the concert, you feel like the square that the fair left from - empty and frighteningly quiet. We understand that it is not easy to go through this, because it is so hard after such a stunningly bright day to return to the daily routine. But just think: you saw your idols in reality, heard the voice of that very handsome vocalist live, and this very handsome vocalist, after each song, sincerely confessed his love to you, Russian fans. What is there to be sad about? Because they left? But they're still back! Be sure to come back! If such a psychological technique does not help you, then try to overwhelm yourself with study or work. Ask teachers of biology, literature and English for topics for essays. Indeed, in the company of mitosis and meiosis, Onegin with Larina and the “present perfect”, it will be much easier to forget.


Julia Shakirova


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September 20, 2016 12:21 pm

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Mosh and slam. Post for those who are in the subject

With the development of heavy music, Mosh began to gain more and more popularity. This "dance" has gained its distribution in the circles of youth. As a rule, mosh suits extreme genres of music, for example, such musical styles as Deathcore, Metalcore, Moshcore and many others. Today, many people confuse Mosh (mosh) and Slam (Slam) - these are two extreme dances at rock concerts that are radically different from each other. An uninitiated person simply will not understand them, moreover, will not distinguish them from each other. On the other hand, these demeanors at rock concerts are rarely broken. Today they are used together by all lovers of music heavier and more aggressive.


Mosh and Slam appeared around the 70s. The impetus for development was punk concerts. The manner of behavior of listeners to the sounds of the guitar (distortion) was firmly entrenched in that generation. The idea of ​​such behavior and breakaway to heavy music was quickly picked up by representatives of metal bands, i.e. Mosh and Slam began to spread rapidly throughout the United States, where rock music was constantly progressing, developing and covering more and more masses of people.


By 1980, these two dances were inseparable parts of rock concerts, but with the advent of new musical trends such as Grunge (Grunge) and Nu-Metal, the violence of slamming and moshing increased exponentially. This was done consciously, as the new styles of music featured a much tighter concert sound and a stronger aggressive presentation, both from the stage and from home tape recorders. However, Mosh was developed not only by the listeners, the musicians themselves brought a lot of new things into this direction. Once the Nu Metal style hit the mainstream, the aggressiveness of moshing became even higher. Systematic jumping and pushing people into the crowd has already been observed.

Mosh and Slam look very aggressive from the outside - this is a delusion of all beginners or people who have a remote idea of ​​holding rock concerts. All the participants of Slem and Mosha watch each other, it makes no sense to beat with all their might, since you need to enjoy it, not grass, although the latter, to varying degrees, arise all lovers of this musical extreme.


Only people with good stamina and strength are engaged in this entertainment, because otherwise it will not be possible to get any pleasure, and numerous injuries, bruises and fractures will radically change the idea of ​​\u200b\u200bmosh style dance.
If you don't know Mosh yet, listen to Bring Me The Horizon to get a feel for the atmosphere that the heavier music lovers bask in.


From mosh, a new musical style Moshcore was born, the music of which is aimed exclusively at the hall of brawls, for a splash of aggression.

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