How to dance at edm festivals

16 Awesome Dance Moves To Try At Your Next EDM Festival

Whether you’re a first-time festival goer or a seasoned veteran, there are a plethora of dance moves that you can choose to vibe out with at your next electronic dance music festival.  To help to get you started, or to help you to beef up your current dance-move roster, we’re here with 16 glorified dances that will help you feel the music from beginning to end. To help to get you started, or to help you to beef up your current dance-move roster, we’re here with 16 glorified dances that will help you feel the music from beginning to end. Try out your moves by tuning in LDP Radio every weekend for the best electronic dance music mixes.

16. Convulsion

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Level: Beginner

This one isn’t so much about self-control.  When the music hits you, sometimes you just can’t help it.  Did you hear that drop?! Let the energetic beat takeover and dance your excitement out.


Dance Walk

Level: Intermediate

This is somewhat of an involuntary dance.  When you’re walking to the restroom or the snack tent, and you’re just boppin’ along, shuffling in strides, you’re dance walking.  And you didn’t even know it.

14. Pump It

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Level: Intermediate

This one is for everyone as the dance move itself has stood the test of time. (Okay, so it’s stuck around since the 80’s). Either way, raise your arms up and let me see you work. Pump it.

13. Jump Around

Level: Beginner
You don’t need any dance skills for this one considering there are no, well, dance moves involved.  Just feel the rhythm and jump. Jump left to right, right to left, front to back, or in a circle. JUMP!

12. Shuffling

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Level: Expert
First the “T-Step”, then some arm movements, and now the “Running Man,” shuffling has an evolving style adjusted to each dancer’s unique style.  As a newb, we suggest you try a YouTube tutorial before breaking out these dance moves.

11. Point and Pop

Level: Beginner
You see it? Go ahead and point at it.  Catch that build up? Point to the sky? Hear the drop? Point it down!  DJ played your jam? Point to him and let out your gracious recognition.  You’re here and you’re directing the show.

10. Neck Bob

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Level: Beginner
The head bob is a safe dance move for almost any genre.  Whether it’s a progressive drop or a trap banger, just go ahead and bob your head to the beat.  You can do no wrong here.

Pickup Line

Level: Intermediate
This one doesn’t so much focus on the music as it does on a potential hookup.  There’s not rules on this one either. You’ve spotted a hottie on the dance floor and now it’s time to reel them in — with whatever moves you got.

9. Rave Master

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Level: Expert
Few have mastered these moves, and glovers have the advantage.  We’re talking the glovers, the hoopers, and the orbiters here. Grab yourself a light-up prop and get moving because mastering the flow and technique of the Rave Master takes time, practice, and experience.

8. Wallflower

Level: Beginner
In the sense of dance moves, this is a beginner move.  In the sense of avoiding sweaty crowds, this is an expert move. For some, festivals are more for the music and less for the dancing sweat pits.  And that’s okay. Don’t be afraid to stagnantly stand back and enjoy the show.

7. Hair Swing

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Level: Beginner
You spent hours on hair and makeup for this festival, and now it’s time to ruin it with some convulsing dance moves. Toss your cares to the wind and swirl your head to the beat, because this is life and we’re all living free.

6. Casino Lineup

Level: Intermediate
Whether it’s the “pull the slot machine” or the “roll the dice,” the Casino Lineup provides you with a plethora of moves. Choose wisely and don’t forget to change it up.

5. Fist Pump

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Level: Intermediate
Move over, Jersey Shore.  We’re electronic music fans and we’re here to party.  Just throw your arm in the air, ball that fist, and get pumping to the beat.

4. Pseudo-Stage

Level: Intermediate
This one’s a fun one for all our imaginative minds in the crowd.  Sing the lyrics, pound those drums. Whatever you do, do it like the crowd is watching.  After all, this is *your* performance.

3. Sheer Seduction

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Level: Beginner
This is for the ones who really “feel” the music. Throw your arms out, shut your mind off, and do whatever is your body says to do.  Throw in some spirit fingers or jazz hands for an extra dramatic effect.

2. Too Cool For This

Level: Beginner
This one takes almost no effort at all, ironically.  All you have to do is stop moving, stop watching, stop listening, take out your phone, and look at it.  Just do us a favor and move out of our way before attempting this move.

1. Twerk

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Level: Expert
Sh-sh-shake it.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last year, you probably know what twerking is. If you’re a festival, it’s the best time to give it a try.  Go ahead. Bend over and show us what you’re working with.

Learn The Tips & Simple Dance Moves All Men MUST Know!

Dancing for guys or just the thought of guys dancing brings to your mind funny situations of awkward dancing, weird arm and feet movements and simply unattractive attitude. It’s a problem, a huge one if you ask us! Whether you’re at a club or a festival, being able to dance and get in the groove of the moment will set you apart from every other guy out there.

Guys, why do you need to miss out on the incredible opportunities of dancing with a girl while at a festival or in a club? You might not have the sickest dance moves, and it might seem like a scary thing to do, but you’re reading this post right now which means you’re probably interested in knowing more about the rules of dancing for guys and some quick and awesome dance moves you can use right away.

These simple dance moves make use of a “rocking groove type” of motion following the rhythm of the music. Use your knees to push your body, you can use your upper body to sway to the sides and work your hands as well to the rhythm in an alternating motion.

Dance music has a sort of tempo that the guy should follow. It will be easy to understand what we’re talking about once you read through the article and checkout the video below. In short, dancing should become an easy part of your interactions at a club, event or festival with simple movements that follow the beats and the music.

It’s time to get more comfortable and get into the action with dancing. First, we’re going to discuss some general rules of dancing that every guy should know, then we’ll bring you the dance techniques which you can use right away or at the next event you will be attending (it’s THAT easy). Please note that we’ve written the article from a straight guy’s point of view but these apply no matter your sexual orientation.

Learn more about approaching a girl at a festival in our guide here

Now, let’s get right to it!



Rule #1: Guys Need To Learn How To Dance

Dancing gives guys an unfair advantage over all the other guys when it comes to the ladies (or any potential partner for that matter). Ladies will not be sitting uncomfortably when they’re out with you and you know how to dance and interact with other people on the dance floor. It shows you’re know how to have fun, and have control over your actions and body. It is a definite win! Dancing is part of social cues and social interactions, and will make a guy seem more romantic, more social and fit. Dancing is a sport at the end of the day, and it helps tone and sculpt your muscles.

A lot of today’s events usually include dancing and not knowing how to dance excludes us automatically from making the most out of them. Who doesn’t want to make the most out of a weekend camping at an event or even a club night in the weekend? The process of learning is easy and methodical. Start by learning a few quick tricks will help you become a better dancer, quickly and easily. Keep reading and we’ll share a lot of those with you.

Rule #2: You Need To Dance Well Enough

Nobody’s asking guys to become the next superstar dancer in no time. You need to be average at best!

The whole point of being able to dance is getting out there and not embarrassing yourself and the people you’re with. It all comes down to knowing enough to feel comfortable moving and dancing with people or by yourself. Learning to dance can help you improve your coordination and the control you have over your own body but also using the tips we’ll share in just a bit will also lead to similar results. You’ll better understand how you need to move your body and coordinate your movements in a way that looks and feels nice. Dancing has a sort of snowball effect, the more you do it, the better you’ll become. Once you’ve mastered these couple of tips and feel comfortable within your own skin while moving your body to music, your self-confidence will grow, both on and off the dance floor.

Rule #3: It’ll Feel Awkward At First

As we’ve just mentioned, dancing and using these tips will become better and easier with time, it’s what is called the “snowball effect”. Even when it feels awkward, we highly recommend jumping into it. You need to get out there and do it! You’ve got to act like you’ve done it before, that you’ve been there. Everything is awkward at first, messy in the middle but beautiful at the end. Any talent you master goes through the same general idea. Don’t be scared, you just need to finish these first few times on a high and you’ll become more confident with practice.

Rule #4: Act Like You’ve Mastered This

A great followup to the third rule, you’ve got to look like you know what you’re doing. Confidence here is the key word. You shouldn’t show that it’s a concern or a big deal that you’re on the dance floor. It’s all about having fun and enjoying your time. Dancing is part of body language, and a confident attitude shows a confident character which everyone is driven by and attracted to. Smile and have a good time even when you’re freaking out on the inside. Keep it calm, cool, confident and sexy. At first, fake it till you make it and it will start happening on it’s own soon.

Everything we’ve discussed so far had to do with attitude and approach. The next rule can make or break all of the work you put in.

Rule #5: Always Be Prepared To Dance

We don’t mean to have a warmup session before hitting the dance floor. Look, dance floors are sweaty, jam packed areas where people of all sizes, ages and backgrounds are active, moving and shaking. It’s hot, you’re moving between each other, things can easily get sweaty and musty throughout the night. So remember, after a while you’re gonna become very very sweaty yourself. So remember to use deodorant or antiperspirant before going out, you’ll be smelling your best all through the night.

In addition to that, dress in layers. This will help you throughout the night as well. If you’re wearing a t-shirt underneath a jacket or hoodie or whatever additional layer, you can just take it off and hit the dance floor. Once the night is over, you’ll have something warm and dry to wear.


Time To Learn Some Dance Moves

There’s no need to feel awkward about dancing or what to do with your hands anymore!

In the below video you’ll learn in detail (and in just a few minutes) the best 3 dance moves you’ll need to get started. Note that this guy mentions house music, but in reality these moves work on many sub genres of electronic dance music. In fact, with the below tutorial, you’ll learn how to dance to a variety of music genres at any club and festival.

Dance music has a tempo and so, the movements are a bit smaller.

In the first dance, the dancer showed a rocking groove type of motion, focusing mainly on the knees and thighs and starting with them slightly bent. Then you want to stand up while pushing back. Your core stays locked and upper body goes forward rocking in motion.

Important to keep note: make sure you’re not slamming your knees back. This will injure your knees which is not what we’re aiming for.

To make it more interesting, we then focus on switching directions. Matching the beat is all there is to it as it helps “make sense” of the movement.

But what to do with the arms? Well bending the elbows and arms to the rhythm is also a great way to create movement variation and interesting body moves. Swaying them in and out of the center of the body is a great ideas. As you have come to understand it’s all about working the different sections of your body together in a certain way to create physical movement that makes sense.

In theory, what the above video teaches is better body coordination, providing you with movement options and examples that work well in difference dancing situations. You can try them out and slowly master them. You’ll even be able to create your own variations, it’s a great way to interact with others on the dance floor and have fun in the moment.

It’s time to stop being the guy who’s standing on the sideline while everyone else is having all the fun! Now you’ve got all the tools you need to kick ass on the dance floor.


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Aloha Polynesia 2019: festival program


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The International Polynesian Dance Festival Aloha Polynesia 2019 will be held in Moscow from 20 to 22 September. - a concert of Polynesian stars and a traditional Hawaiian Luau party with treats. For the first time in Moscow, the dance cultures of the three Polynesian islands of Hawaii, Tahiti and Easter Island (Rapanui) will be presented. Hawaii will be represented by one of the leading Hula teachers, poet and composer, musician and choreographer, founder and head of the Keikiali'i Hawaiian Dance School with branches in 15 countries of the world, Kavika Alfiche. The dances of the people of Tahiti will be presented by the performer Ori-Tahiti, the winner of the international competition Heiva i Paris 2018 in France, Maria Lopez. Incendiary dances of the island of Rapanui will be presented by a quartet led by Rafael Escobar. Several Hawaiian dance schools based in Russia will also take part in the concert.

In addition to the concert, festival visitors will have a unique opportunity to plunge into Polynesian culture and learn dance from the best teachers of Hula and Ori Tahiti. Cavika Alfiche and Maria Lopez will hold several master classes demonstrating different styles of their national dances.

The festival is organized by the "KEOLA School of Polynesian Dance" under the guidance of a hula teacher with 18 years of experience and a bearer of Hawaiian culture in Russia Marina Keola Rogozhnikova.

I am happy that for the first time a festival of Polynesian culture will be held in my homeland, that a legendary teacher of world renown, or as the Hawaiians themselves call him "Kumu" Kavika Alfiche, will arrive in our capital. It is my life's work to acquaint Russian people with the bright, joyful and deep philosophy of Polynesia, thereby helping people to consciously interact with their bodies and better understand themselves and the world around them. I hope that the festival will be successful and become an annual event for autumn Moscow.

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Svetlana 2020: children's dance festival program


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On March 1, in Moscow, on the stage of the Palace of Gymnastics Irina Viner-Usmanova in Luzhniki, the Charity Children's Dance Festival Svetlana 2020 will be held.

This year it will be dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. In terms of the number of participants and the variety of performances presented, this is one of the largest and brightest children's dance events in Russia.

Classical, folk, modern - the idea to combine and present different genres and directions of dance art in one concert belongs to the world ballet star Svetlana Zakharova. During the year, applications from teams are considered and the best are selected. An unforgettable experience awaits the audience: in order to make the choreographic show colorful, a large stage and decorations are built especially for the festival, and graphics are drawn for each performance, video clips with animation are shot.

This year our country is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. It is very important for us that new generations of Russians remember and know their history, the exploits of their great-grandfathers. Therefore, we decided this year to devote a whole block of our concert to the theme of the Great Patriotic War, - said Svetlana Zakharova, People's Artist of Russia, laureate of the State Prize, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia and etiquette of the La Scala Theater.

In five years, the Svetlana Festival 2020 has gained a whole army of fans and the status of one of the most important and authoritative events in the world of choreographic art. Every year it gathers several thousand spectators and hundreds of young artists from all over the country. To participate in the project this year, the organizers selected more than 20 groups from different parts of our country: dance groups from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Magnitogorsk, Barnaul, Yoshkar-Ola, Neftekamsk, Makhachkala, Penza, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Sevastopol, Millerovo, Podolsk and Kraskovo. A real factory of young talents.

The Festival Svetlana 2020 has a very high level of performance, so all teams undergo a rigorous selection,” notes Svetlana Zakharova. The teams that have received the right to enter the Moscow stage are often laureates of various competitions, including international ones. “The festival was conceived in order to show how many-sided and talented Russian children are. "Svetlana" is not a competition, there are no losers here. Everyone who took part is already a winner. In many ways, the strict process of selecting young dancers is dictated by the fact that the Festival is charitable. Moreover, charity consists in absolutely everything, from the arrival of groups, their accommodation in Moscow, and ending with the distribution of tickets, - explained the founder and artistic director of the Festival Svetlana Zakharova.

For many young artists, this is the first appearance on the big stage. The organizers are sure that for someone this performance will be the beginning of the way to the big stage.

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The Svetlana 2020 Charity Children's Dance Festival, conceived as an annual event, is unlike any other held in Russia. Participation in it is a great school, an invaluable experience, which is so necessary for young talents on the threshold of their creative life.

The Svetlana Festival 2020 is held under the patronage of the outstanding Russian ballerina, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, laureate of the State Prize of Russia, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia and etiquette of the La Scala Theater Svetlana Zakharova. It provides an opportunity for young artists to express themselves on the professional stage, introduces the public to young talented ballet dancers, choreographic groups and dance styles. The first Festival took place in March 2015 on the stage of the Rossiya Concert Hall.

Svetlana Dance Festival 2020 is completely charitable. For its participants, travel, accommodation and meals are free of charge.

Invitation tickets to the festival Svetlana 2020 are distributed free of charge through various Foundations, schools, children's studios, etc.

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