How to dance fluidly

How to Develop Fluidity as a Dancer

A common excuse people make for not being able to dance well is that their body is stiff. This is mostly true among those with minimal to no experience in dancing. Without developing fluidity first, every dance you’ll perform in both the auditions and arena will look rigid and aggressive.

Fortunately for you, we have compiled the strategies on making your body move more gracefully and smoothly to help your dances look more natural. But first, let’s discuss the definition of fluidity.

What is Fluidity in Dancing?

Dance moves and routines that are executed and transitioned smoothly define fluidity. Another sign that helps you determine if you dance fluidly is that your performance looks livelier. Take an example from this video.

Notice how the girl performs as if her body is stiff and shaky. Although she appears to give her all in her earlier records, her dance still looks dull in the eyes of the audience. But as she progresses, her moves start to appear smoother, accurate, energetic, and natural.

Can you make such progress? Of course, you can! With dedication, effort, time, and practice, you can transform yourself from an awkward dancer to a performer that exudes that “WOW” factor during auditions and arena performances.

7 Techniques to Develop Fluidity in Dancing

1. Practice the movements slowly

If there are new dance moves to practice, slowly execute them and practice with increasing speed. Let your muscles get familiar with the execution. Know how much effort you need to exert for each move. Have better control over how much your joints should pivot and know different angles your limbs should stop moving for transitioning to the next move.

2. Work on your flexibility first

Fluidity and flexibility go hand in hand. Make sure you do stretchings every day. Warm-up before your workouts and dance practice sessions. Better yet, make yoga a part of your daily routine.

3. Improvise transition steps

Some choreography, especially those given by your dream squad during the audition process have move sets that don’t transition well. Make it your job to be creative by having a playful mind. But never compromise the core movement of each move to avoid executing a different move from other auditionees during the group dancing portion.

4. Master your breathing pattern as you dance

Don’t hold your breath. This will make your movements look stiff. By following a breath pattern or breathing normally as you dance, you’re able to move freely and naturally.

5. Live the lifestyle of a dancer

Being a dancer goes beyond life on the stage and arena. At home or events, dance whenever a song plays and enjoy every moment. This strategy is a huge confidence booster which is necessary for being a smooth performer. It also keeps your body well oiled even without regular practice sessions. Yes, think as if your body is a machine that needs maintenance.

6. Don’t ever rush your steps

Stay in the beat of the song and the counting of your choreography. By focusing on the elements of music such as the metronome, you can keep your attention inward and avoid feeling the pressure of performing.

7. Aim high

Don’t settle for less. If you feel you’re not a smooth performer, record your dancing and compare yourself to other adept dancers. Identify which part of your choreography you lack grace. Practice more until you polish the execution of your transitions and routines.

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How to develop fluidity in your dancing

Fluidity in a dancer is an enviable quality that we all hope to achieve.

There are some dancers who seem to have an energy that never stops pouring out of their body even when they are standing still on the stage.

It is a worthy goal in all of us but without an understanding of what it is and where it comes from it can seem like something that lives at the end of a rainbow.

What is fluid movement?

From Merriam Webster the definition of fluid is

: capable of flowing freely like water

— used to describe something that can change easily or that changes often

: having or showing a smooth and easy style

It reminds me of the Bruce Lee quote

"be like water"

To me the ability to be fluid is a quality of resilience. The ability to adapt and change and not fight against what is happening in the moment.

Your energy is flowing and you are strong enough, prepared enough and confident enough to know that you can cope with whatever comes your way.

This ability comes from many hours of training and practice.

With flamenco dance there are two elements to this idea of fluidity that are helpful to study.

We are going to assume for the sake of this post that you are continuing your technique practice and are working towards conditioning your body to flamenco movement.

1. Improvisation in the moment of performance.

You can learn a choreography and know it inside out but when you get up to dance with a singer anything could happen.

You are not going to be dancing on the stage by yourself, you are at a minimum going to be dancing with a singer and a guitarist.

In the moment you are all on stage together the singer may be inspired to sing differently to what you were expecting or what you had rehearsed.

It is completely with in their remit to do so. If that happens you need to be able to respond to what you hear.

Another situation might be that you do a step differently than you had rehearsed and then need to find a way rescue yourself.

This could be down to something as simple as your weight shifting a little more in one direction than you needed (or not shifting at all) and you need to be able to sense where you are and get yourself back to where you want to be or to somewhere that will keep you moving forward.

All dancers, but especially flamenco dancers, need to be able to think quickly (José calls this 'rapidez mental' - mental speed) and have their body respond instantly with out stopping or dropping energy.

How do you study this? By taking every opportunity that comes your way, whether it be in class or not, to try performing.

2. El entre paso (the transition step)

The second part of this exploration of flow or fluidity is about learning how to transition from one step to the next and how to work out what the transition should be for yourself.

The step between two steps, the transition, can change each time you do it. It is one of the most difficult things to master in your dance training.

It requires the resilience mentioned above, mental speed and a an ability to problem solve for yourself.

Take three steps and change the order of them each time you do them.

How does each step change?

What do you need to do to be in the correct place to enter each step confidently?

You can decide to do this practice. You do not need someone to hold your hand.

In our course Fundamentals of Flamenco Dance José talks at length about 'el entre paso' and we work on developing our ability to problem solve using steps from the choreography for Fandango de Huelva.

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Learning dance is not a passive exercise.

It would be very easy to just keep going to class and learn how to copy your teacher exactly.

You learn choreography after choreography, you copy the steps and do them exactly as designed but you never really learn how to dance.

You need to decide to take the step to challenge yourself and really try to learn what it means to be able to dance.

In the beginning we are all copying. It is how we learn and it is a great place to start.

But at all times you can try to look deeper.

Develop your senses, what does it feel like when you do a certain step.

Pay attention to your breath. Do you hold it when you feel out of control?

Fluid movement comes from deep study, deep practice and complete awareness of your body and the environment around you at all times.


Dance requires you to develop your ability to think on your feet (your mental agility) and to start learning how to solve the problems that you encounter by yourself.

If you begin to develop the ability in class or when you practice, when you perform it is more likely to come to you naturally.

Don't worry if you try something and it fails.

Continue to add to your body of movement experience, open your mind to let it work for you when you need it and let your movement flow.

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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.

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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 large 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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1. Choose your style

The idea here is the same as for sports: if you secretly hate yoga or iron exercises, you are unlikely to go to workouts week after week. To achieve noticeable progress in dancing, a beginner will have to practice a lot and regularly, so it’s better not to torture yourself and choose a direction that really ignites.

You can focus on the music that you like - you need to catch the drive from movements to it. It is music that forms the style of dance and its energy, so decide what is closer to you: for example, funk lovers should try popping or locking, folk fans may like Irish dancing, and if you respect jazz, swing and everything like that, take a closer look at lindy hop.

Another criterion is the nature of the movements. Some are closer to dynamic, as in hip-hop, others are smooth and sensual - for this in tango. There are also health restrictions to consider. So, twerk is not suitable if there are problems with the lumbar spine, with sore knees it is better not to get involved in shuffle, and it will be difficult for an aged person to master house.

2. Set a goal

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You can start dancing at any age, but it's important to keep in mind why you started it in the first place. It is perhaps too bold to expect that in half a year of classes it will be possible to reach the level of international dance championships from scratch. But if you want to try dancing in order to develop plasticity and learn to feel the body better, great, go ahead.

Don't expect to get it right the first time. When you learn from scratch, difficulties are absolutely normal, the main thing is not to score in classes. Over time, both the correct posture and a beautiful gait will be developed, and as a bonus you will also get self-confidence - with freedom of movement, freedom from complexes will come.


Don't give up on sports

Some dances in themselves make for a good workout. A vigorous shuffle will replace cardio, and a break can give a load to almost all muscle groups. And yet, without preparation, it will not be easy. A more or less good stretch is needed in any type of dance, and, for example, strong arms and strong abdominal and back muscles are also useful for pole dancing. You can combine dancing with strength exercises, but you need to give the body time to recover and not plan classes in a row, but allocate at least a day of rest between them.

And don't forget to warm up before dancing. So that the training does not end with an injury, the muscles and joints need to be prepared for the load. You can allocate 10–15 minutes for a warm-up, it should include simple articular gymnastics (at least elementary rotational movements of the shoulders and knees), tilts and dynamic stretching.

4. Take some lessons from a trainer

Especially if you have never danced before. Those with experience can learn new styles at home with video tutorials, but that's because they already know how to control their bodies. Beginners are unlikely to succeed, but disappointment in themselves and demotivation are guaranteed - if you can’t repeat elementary movements, then there’s no point in doing it.

Nothing really strange here. Without preparation, it is difficult to just take it and start moving freely. At least the basic elements are better to master under the guidance of a pro, and when you feel that you are coping, supplement these lessons with home workouts.

5. Learn something new in every class

When you repeat the same set of exercises and movements over and over again, classes turn into a good way to pass your free time, only you can forget about progress. Acquaintance with new elements is the same mandatory part of any workout as a warm-up. It doesn't matter if you work with a mentor or on your own.

Do not immediately try to copy cool dancers. First, study the basic movements, then try to combine them into bundles until you hone them to automatism, and then experiment and improvise, creating something new based on familiar elements.

6. Record yourself on video

It is not necessary to record the entire workout from the warm-up, it is enough to record only those moments with which you have problems. These can be separate movements or bundles that are not given in any way. Review the video and, if possible, objectively assess what is wrong: perhaps there are technical problems that are difficult to notice in the process. When you understand what's wrong, try to repeat the movement and record it on video again - and so on until you achieve a good result.

This approach will help you find errors and track progress. You can not even limit yourself to memorized ligaments, but improvise - then see how it looks from the outside.

7. Find like-minded people

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If you need an extra reason not to miss classes, then meeting new people can be a good motivation. It is easier here for those who train in a group. Often the dance school becomes the center of a close-knit community, where people come not only for the sake of classes, but also just to spend time together at dance parties.

Finally, the more partners around, the more experience. Do not limit yourself to dancers of your level of training and practice with those who are stronger or weaker than you. In the first case, you will be able to improve your skills, and in the second, you will try yourself as a coach - this, by the way, is a good way to learn to take more initiative and understand the very principle of movement in dance, and not just memorize the alternation of chords.

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