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How to dance with women? We guys have all been there. We are at a party and we see all these beautiful girls on the dancefloor. Our natural reaction is to want to dance with them.
So how should guys go about this? Well, much of the advice available is given by men. However, it is in fact women who are much better placed to give this advice. For women are the ones who know what truly works (instead of men who just ‘think’ they know what works).
We compiled a comprehensive set of responses from a wide variety of women on their advice for how men should dance with women. This advice is logically broken down below:To dance well with women at a party or club requires men to:
- Be aware of the need to earn a womens trust
- Ackowledge the difference between dancing and ‘picking up’
- Become a good dancer themselves
- Practice partner dancing
- Be well-groomed and have good fashion
- Assess what type of woman they are interested in dancing with
- Use subtle signs to signal their interest to the woman and being perceptive to the woman’s mutual interest
- Select an appropriate approach which aligns with the type of woman they are interested in
- Close distance to be within the woman’s proximity allowing dancing to ensue more easily
- Know what sort of dance moves they should do when dancing with a woman
- Know when to stop dancing and when to take things further.
In the following paragraphs, we break down how these criteria work in reality. This is supported by real experience and advice from women who have experienced dancing with men. We break down why these criteria are critically important for men on a dancefloor who want to dance with women.
Read on for 11 key factors that you should take into account before approaching women on a dancefloor. These will help to avoid embarrassment or awkwardness, or at worse, rejection.
Table of Contents
1. Be aware of the need to earn a woman’s trust:
This is a very important thing to be aware of. Many women on a club dancefloor have reported being victims of men touching them with no consent. This means that women on dance floors have a legitimate distrust of men who approach them in clubs and parties.
The challenge of a dancefloor:
Understanding a woman’s mistrust of men on a club or party dancefloor is invaluable as a man. This enables men to be aware that they need to be careful when approaching women in a club. Men need to understand that women have their defenses up in a club. These defenses are higher than in less sexualized environments, such as a cafe or book club.
This does mean that approaching women on a dancefloor is a particularly challenging/hostile environment, but not an impossible environment.
‘Nothing gets my defenses up more than a guy leering at us for 10 minutes then being attacked from behind on a dancefloor.’
‘From my experience, lots of guys think it’s ok to just come up behind a girl and just start grinding himself on her ass. THIS IS NOT OK.’
‘It is scary, and honestly very creepy to have someone casually establish control over you without consent.’Emily, 24, club dancer,
Jacinta, 28, club dancer,
Rebecca, 19, Club dancer.
The need to be genuinely trustworthy:
This all means that a man needs to genuinely earn a woman’s trust. He needs to genuinely show her that he is not just there to touch/kiss her. Note the word genuine, definitely don’t try and fake it, that is manipulative and immoral.
At this point, allow me to introduce Andrew Ferebee, who is a 3x bestselling dating author. He notes that without trust, the interaction will be laced with tension where the woman will be questioning:
- ‘Is he trying to sleep with me?’
- ‘Do I want to sleep with him?’
- ‘There are dozens of other guys here too, is he the one I want to go home with?’.
To avoid such tension and transactional behaviors, it is important to build genuine trust. It is also worth acknowledging that dancefloors are not the holy grail for easy relations between men and women. This is despite what movies and songs have portrayed them as.
Earning trust is the first and most important step in being able to dance with a woman.
2. Acknowledge the difference between dancing and ‘picking up’:
It is critical, particularly at parties or clubs, that the difference between dancing and ‘picking up’ is understood.
For many men, the only reason they want to dance with a woman is to attempt to touch a woman. You guessed it, women are very perceptive to this. Indeed they are on the lookout for this and are generally not attracted to it. However, in some cases, it also works the opposite way too.
The trouble with ‘picking up’:
But, I hear you ask, what about the women that seem to enjoy guys that touch them immediately? Well, women have reported that there is indeed a small percentage of women that:
- Will likely be insecure physically
- Will usually drink too much
- Are attracted to the loudest, aggressive, and most rambunctious man in the room
- The man will touch her without much consent
- She will take this as evidence of her attractiveness and feel verified.
For the purposes of this article, these types of men and women are categorized in the ‘picking up’ category, not the dance category.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you avoid such behaviors due to the high potential for a lack of consent.
Also, remember that men who participate in this type of behavior are likely playing a numbers game. Let’s say a man hit’s on 30 women. The nature of this game means they might commit low-grade sexual assault on 28 out of 30 women. 2 out of 30 women might enjoy being dominated. That’s a pretty low success rate with a whole lot of harm caused.
This is a destructive and selfish game to play by those who have no qualms with traumatizing others. Unfortunately, such small success is very public. Many men biasedly see the success of the rambunctious man with his 2 out of 30 women. They would take that as proof that this is the only way to dance with women at a club. This is very incorrect and destructive.
The difference between dancing and ‘picking up’:
So, this article will focus on men dancing well with women for the purposes of having fun dancing. Not for the purposes of getting physical on a club dancefloor.
The end of the former vs the start of the latter can be flexible at times. Particularly in a venue where the alcohol is flowing and the dancefloor is crowded and genuine attraction exists.
The difference is that the former is more wholesome, and more of a gentleman’s trait than the latter. And it is sorely needed on today’s modern party dancefloor.
A useful article to read which highlights the nuances of club dancing is How To Dance In A Club: The simple, proven technique.
In order to start dancing well, men need to do a subtle yet powerful shift from:
- Dancing for the sake of ‘picking up’
- To dancing for the sake of enjoying dancing.
Otherwise, your whole motivation and resulting movement are skewed. A metaphor for this might be eating food for the sake of savoring a delicious meal versus eating food in a competitive eating competition.
‘Have fun dancing and don’t be on a dancefloor just to get to a womans body.’Advice seen in 97% of female responses.
This leads us to the fact that many men don’t know how to enjoy dance without ulterior sexual motives. This is addressed in the next paragraph.
3. Become a good dancer:
This is where many men fail. The number of times you will see men who cannot dance try and dance with women is too high. This is not a good look.
Dancing poorly also reduces a man’s status. The reason for this is it is clear to the woman that the man does not have much athleticism. This a key attribute in the male-to-female attraction construct dating back centuries. The principle is how can you protect her when you have no warrior attributes.
So it is crucial that before a man looks to dance with a woman, he himself should focus on becoming a good dancer and learn how to genuinely enjoy dancing.
‘If men have rythym, cool dance moves, and are a confident dancer, there is a good chance a woman will want to dance with you before you even approach her. ’Lauren, 25, club dancer.
Two articles that are invaluable in this regard are as follows:
- How To Dance As A Guy: The complete guide men need.
- How To Become A Good Dancer: The complete guide people need.
Dancing well also allows men to show women what type of character they are. For example, if a man:
- Drinks to excess
- Careens around the dancefloor and stumbles into people
- Gets into women’s personal spaces without consent
- Has half a pint of beer sloshing in his hand and the other half of the pint is all over his clothes
This all clearly shows women what type of character he is, aka lacking class.
In another example, if a man:
- Is on a dancefloor genuinely enjoying the music
- Moves with confidence, humility and is courteous of others on a dancefloor
- Is sober enough to be in control of himself
Then this also shows women his more decent caliber of character.
4. Practice partner dancing and apply the learnings to party or club dancing:
Dancing with a girl is quite different from dancing by yourself. For this reason, it can be quite useful to gain some experience with partner dancing. However, it is acknowledged that club or party dancing with a girl is different from formal partner dancing.
When you practice partner dancing, whether it be Salsa, Ballroom, etc, you become more accustomed to the nuances of moving with a woman whilst dancing.
This is useful in a party or club scenario because you will already know:
- Rythym synergy between a man and woman, and what good synergy feels like.
- How it feels to hold a woman’s hands whilst dancing and how to lead those hands.
- Feet placement to avoid stepping on the woman’s toes or having your toes stepped on.
- How to perform some moves if it does come to partner dancing.
- What to do if a woman comes in close and wants to slow dance.
- The differences between partner versus solo dancing, etc.
- How to be comfortable with dancing with a woman, including eye contact.
5. Be well-groomed and have good fashion:
This is a fairly straightforward staple of the attraction world, and yet one which is too often glossed over by men.
Similarly to dancing well, being well-groomed and having good fashion raises your status with women. Being well groomed includes the following:
- Trimming your beard or being clean shaven
- Good skin maintenance
- Attractive hair
- White and even teeth
- Attractive amounts of muscle/fat
- Good smell- includes body and breath.
Again women are very perceptive to these things as they themselves are often the masters of beauty and fashion. Remember if you can’t take of yourself, how can you take care of her?
This is particularly important in a scene such as a club or a party, given how visually-based these places are. The reason for this is that the music is usually so loud that meaningful conversation is limited.
It is useful to think about the importance of grooming and fashion from a woman’s perspective. Would YOU want to dance with someone who looked below average and smelt below average too?
Tips on how to be well-presented:
So spend some time and invest some money into looking and smelling great. Some useful and quick tips to get you started in this regard are as follows:Get inspired:
Follow 2 fashion social media channels on your platform of choice. This will give you regular inspiration.
It will also give you tips on how to wear clothes fashionably by men who make a living from it. It forces you to engage in fashion choices as it will be a part of your social media consumption.Identify what you need:
Make yourself a list of clothes you need to improve your wardrobe. Include color, material, and context of when you would wear it. Focus is key when shopping.Avoid burnout:
Set yourself a time limit of 1. 5hrs whilst shopping. Also, keep notes as to when you last shopped and which shopping center. Remember that stores tend to introduce new clothes every fortnight to a month. Shopping efficiently will reduce the chance of burnout.Be disciplined:
Be disciplined with your grooming schedule and don’t be afraid to experiment with what works for you. Consider permanent solutions for body hair such as laser hair removal. If you do get laser hair removal be sure to seek out a reputable clinic to avoid harmful side effects.
However, be wary of such things as waxing which can cause negative side effects. Particularly if you are prone to in-grown hairs.Stay fit:
Join a gym or purchase home gym equipment and commit to a regular fitness schedule.What your friends say about you:
Also, be aware of what your own group looks like. Are your friends well-groomed and dressing well? This can raise your general status.
Or is your group a large number of heavily muscled, tall men? This can be intimidating for women. Particularly if her acceptance of your dance invitation turns into her unknowingly accepting all of your friends into her small group of girlfriends.
6. Assess her type/group:
Quickly assessing what type of woman you might be about to try and dance with is valuable for several reasons. The most notable of these reasons is that there are many different types of women on a dancefloor. Many of them also have different preferences and motives for dancing.
For example, a woman might look shy and not too confident on a dancefloor. Brashly going up to her and doing wild dance movements in her vicinity probably won’t be attractive to her. Whereas being more subtle and matching her perceived mood will likely be more attractive to her.
However, a woman might be confidently dominating a dancefloor with intense dance moves. In this instance being more confident and bold will likely yield better dance results for you.
Genuinely assess whether you have a chance with her given her level of attractiveness. If she is completely stunning, you might feel that she is definitely out of your league. This is fair enough. In this, it might be better to aim for someone who is perhaps more aligned with your own physical attractiveness. Be honest with yourself, but also make sure your self-esteem is accurate (not too high and not too low).
Types of groups:
Assessing her group is also useful because the group type can influence the chances of you dancing with her. For example:
- A large guy group: If she is with a large guy group this is risky group. This is due to the unknown relationship types the girl might share with each or one particular guy.
- A large girl group: If she is with a large girl group this can also be a risky group. Particularly if the group seems to be protective of her due to her good looks. This might reduce your chances of dancing with her.
- One or two girl friends: If she is with few friends this could be an easier group to dance with. Particularly if the friends seem easy going.
7. Close distance to make it easy for dancing together to ensue:
Women have advised that gradually moving to a woman’s vicinity on a dancefloor makes it easier for dancing together. Note the keywords here are gradual and vicinity.
Gradual in this context means not in an obvious way. You don’t want to make a beeline for her, as that is intimidating. Just make it look as though you are finding a better space on the dancefloor to dance. It is also important to not approach from her back as this is where many unwanted advances come from. Approach her gradually from the front so she knows you are not trying to creep up on her.
Vicinity in this context means within 1-2 meters of her, depending on how crowded the dancefloor is. You don’t want to go right into her personal space bubble. This bubble shrinks or contracts depending on how crowded the dancefloor is, but STILL EXISTS. At this stage, you just want to be within her line of sight. This means she has the chance to notice you more without immediate pressure.
8. Signal that you might be interested and be perceptive if she is also interested:
So, you are now within the line of sight of a woman that you want to try and dance with. What do you do now?
Advice by women is that a woman is generally very aware of who is in a club or party. She will likely have already seen you (even if she pretends she hasn’t). And generally already made up her mind as to how physically attractive you are, and if you are:
- Physically attractive: But if you are innitialy in this category, poor dance skills can bump you down into category 2.
- Not physically attractive: Generally speaking, no amount of great dance skills will hange her mind about you. The importance of first impressions.
- Unsure: Be aware that if you are in this category, good dance skills can raise your status into category 1.
Indicators of interest:
To get some sense as to how interested she is in you, can go three ways, as advised by women:1. Your eye contact:
You can signal that you might be interested in dancing with her by giving her eye contact AND smiling.
This is one of the least intrusive ways to start the process of engaging a woman like a gentleman.
But, remember there is such a thing as too little and too much eye contact. Also smiling too broadly or too little. Too little and you risk not being noticed. Too much and you will come across as creepy/cringey.
After the first bit of eye contact, you will be in her head. Now is the time to dance well and show her you are a cool kind of guy.
- Try and repeat the eye contact 1-2 more times after a song or so (whilst giving her a nice smile).
- Notice if she smiles back
- Or giggles with her friends
- Or you find her looking at you after you have glanced away from her.
- A fun trick is try poking your tongue out at them like a kid. This is fun and makes you stand out.
If she does the above, then there is a good chance that she might be interested in dancing with you. Or at least talking with you.
But, be receptive to if she doesn’t smile back or is just returning your look without any warmth. Take that as a sign she is not interested.2. Her eye contact:
If you find her looking at you:
- Around 3 times
- She smiles with her friends aftewards
- Or maintains eye contact beyond an accidental length
Then these are good signs that she may be interested in you.
It can be useful to have a female friend with you on a night out. Your female friends can notice when other women may be looking at you in an interested way. Or verify if a woman’s look is indeed interested as opposed to an accidental look.3. Chance conversations:
Women have also advised that interest in them doesn’t always have to be through eye contact. It is possible to engage a woman in small talk at a:
- Or smoke area
- Or outside of the club
This can be done using small talk topics covered in the next section.
However, be aware this is more intrusive than eye contact and should be treated with more caution as a result.3.1 Restraint in chance conversations
Be aware, that showing some restraint (but not too much) can be attractive.
Let’s say she is very beautiful and she is engaging in conversation with you. Show some restraint by not immediately jumping at any small sign of interest she shows towards you. This will raise your value and generally make you appear less desperate or at least different to other men.
For example, you can tell her she looks really cute tonight, have some small talk, then back off. This way so she knows you are interested but you are not pushy and you have restraint. You might then see her on the dancefloor and you will be in her head.
Understand that most beautiful women have men desperately trying to get her number. The vast majority of these men are usually too pushy, flirty, sexual, or desperate, or all of these combined.
Have the dignity and restraint to wait for more substantial signals of interest.
A good trait combination is to have:
- The boldness to engage in chance conversations
- The restraint to not be too pushy or flirty
- Have the values of kindness and respect
- Remain genuine and fun
- And the perceptiveness as to how much she did or did not enjoy your small talk.
If it looked like she did not enjoy the conversation by:
- Staying glued to her phone
- Or mentioning her boyfriend
- Or not reciproacting the conversation
Then take those as signals as signs to back off.
‘A woman will have seen you (even if she pretends she hasn’t) and already made up her mind as to how physically attractive you are and if you are a ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘maybe’.’Sarah, 27, club dancer and dance teacher.
Accurately read signals of interest:
This ‘interest confirmation’ is a step that many men also fail to do, particularly in clubs. It is very important to get some sense of a woman’s interest level, prior to dancing with her.
Far too many egotistical men think that one random glance from a woman is her signaling that she wants them. It’s generally not as flippant as this.
Also, far too many men drink to excess and then start to approach and touch women on a club dancefloor. They do this because they wouldn’t know what to do if they were sober. And don’t care when they are drunk. DON’T BE ONE OF THESE.
Take rejection well and generally not personally:
Always remember to be a gentleman on a dancefloor. And be receptive to indications of interest or non-interest and react appropriately.
Numerous women have advised that there may be multiple reasons for a woman’s lack of interest. It may not be because she finds you creepy or that you lack attractiveness or skills in approaching.
There may be a variety of reasons such as, she may:
- Just want to dance with her friends
- Have a boyfriend
- Not be in the mood to dance with anyone due to hidden issues
- Enjoy dancing by herself more than dancing with someone becuase it limits her movement
- Not want to have to go to the effort of finding out if she can trust a strange man
- Not be looking to meet new people due to her personal circumstances such as going through a tough time in her life
- Have exceeded her threshold for dealing with new people for that night
- Have a general aversion to dancing with a guy due to past experience
- Be tired
- Be about to leave
- Have sore feet
- Have drunk too much.
Also, be aware that you can do the perfect approach and some women don’t know how to react appropriately or kindly. Unfortunately, this can happen where she carries more blame than you. This is particularly rife in younger women.
9. Transition tactfully/naturally to dancing with her:
This step is the most nerve-wracking. This is where there is the biggest risk of being rejected or things being awkward. This step is of course transitioning naturally to dancing with her.
This all builds on points 6, 7, and 8. It requires:
- Selecting the right approach
- Approaching at the right time
- Using the right approach for the type of woman you are interested in dancing with
- Approaching after (and only after), receiving confirmation of her interest in dancing with you.
General advice from women on transitioning to dancing with them:
Advice from many women on transitioning to dancing with them is as follows:
- Don’t slink around the edge of their girl group like a predator.
- Definitely don’t grab them from behind as women report that is scary, disgusting, not sexy, and low-grade sexual assault. Put yourself in the woman’s shoes and imagine if you were trying to have a fun night out. Then someone proportinally stronger than you decides to come up behind you and start grinding on you without any consent. DO NOT EVER DO THIS.
- Many women don’t know what they are doing either with dancing with a partner. So you can take some comfort in that.
- Don’t just start breakdancing in front of her.
- Check your body odour, level of sweat and breath smell. No one wants to dance with someone dripping in sweat and reaking of body odour/foul breath.
- Ask women to dance (and wait for a response) instead of just grabbing them. Most of them will say yes, but never blur the lines of space and trust.
- Think of women as people first (not women first) with feelings and a story just like you. Not some mysterious species. Don’t alienate them to the point where unnaceptable behaviour becomes acceptable.
How to dance with shy or not confident women:
If the type of woman is shy or not confident then:
- The right approach will generally be to match her mood and level of moves.
- This will make her feel more comfortable and less out of place. When people feel comfortable they are more likely to want to dance.
- This might look like gradually/casually facing her
- If she reciprocates the face-off, then showing each other a few dance moves before complimenting her on her dance skills.
- Suddenly you now have stood out from the crowd and are less of a stranger.
How to dance with bold or confident women:
If the type of woman is bold, has high energy, and is very confident then:
- The right approach would generally be to match her energy and boldness.
- This might look like putting on your best dance moves
- Or raising the level of eye contact to see if she reciprocates
- Or if she is in the middle of a dance circle then engaging her in a mock dance battle. You get the idea.
Remember to keep things natural with small talk:
Women have advised that if you feel the need to break the ice then consider these small talk topics. This can keep things feeling natural.
Remember to speak slowly, clearly, and loud enough. Also don’t speak so close that she can feel your breath. Try and have a cute/cheeky smile, and have some eye contact (but don’t stare).Small talk topics can include:
- Who is she with?
- Is she wearing anything interesting (bracelet, bag, shoes, peircing, phone, earings, etc.)? Avoid comments about her body or immediate clothing such as her dress.
- Is she drinking, if so what?
- Does she look happy, bored, grumpy, sad, excited?
- Does she have an accent, if so where is it from?
- What does she do? Is she looking around, or is she texting a lot, or is she dancing, or waiting for a drink?
- What sort of music might she like?
- A simple ‘hi, I am… what is your name’ or ‘hey, hows it going’ can also work.
Another tip in the name of keeping things natural is to avoid overthinking how you will approach her, do some thinking and preparation but not overly so.
A general rule is once you receive the confirmation that she might be interested in dancing with you (as mentioned above), act on it within 5 seconds.
This will force your brain to not overthink it and to remain natural and calm whilst also preventing her from thinking you are stalking her.
Be receptive/attentive to her body language:
An important note here is, not to force anything and also stay calm and receptive to her signals. If you are getting the sense that she doesn’t really want to dance with you because her reciprocation to your approach is:
- She keeps checking her phone after you have approached her
- She keeps looking at her friends
- Facing away from you.
Then chances are she would rather not be dancing with you, and that’s okay, you will just need to back off. This can happen even you are a good dancer and followed the previous 8 steps, as dance styles sometimes don’t align. Advice by women is to accept rejection gracefully.
The good news is that you intelligently hedged your bets by seeking some sort of interest confirmation before approaching. Dancing with women is a calculated risk.
Advice by women on this matter is if you are rejected, don’t approach too many girls after this as the next girls will have noticed your rejection and it makes you look desperate, plus it makes them look like ‘just the next best option’.
‘If you are rejected, accept it gracefully, and don’t approach too many girls after this, as the next girl will have noticed your rejection and it makes you look desperate, plus it makes them look like ‘just the next best option’.’Michelle, 35, dance teacher.
On the flip side, if she looks like she is enjoying herself and seems to appreciate your attention and dancing ability, then that’s a good sign to keep dancing.
So be receptive to her body language and cues and react appropriately.
10. What sort of dance moves you should do when dancing with a woman:
So, you have arrived at the actual stage of dancing with a woman, without embarrassment or awkwardness and status intact.
The next hurdle is to know what sort of dance moves you should do with a woman. There are a variety of choices out there. For example, do you:
- Do intense footwork
- Maintain lots of eye contact
- Face her front-on all the time or sometimes side-on
- Take her hands and do partner dancing
- Move in close and move your hands to her hips, etc.
The best cue that you can use to determine the above, is the music and the woman.
Cues from the music:
- If the music is fast and intense, then chances are you wont be holding her hands and twirling her. The chances are you will be both energetically doing solo dance moves.
- But if the music is slow and romantic, then moving in close might be more fitting.
- If the music is a latin pop song, then holding hands and twirling around each other could be more fitting. You can make it fun and pretend to be the next Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez (famous latin pop stars).
Cues from the woman:Cues from a bold/confident woman:
While you are dancing with her, try and notice what she naturally prefers to do. For example:
- Her amount of eye contact
- Which direction her body faces towards you (side-on vs front-on, etc)
- How close she is dancing to you
- How fast her movements are, etc.
You can use these cues to inform you of how to dance with her.
For example, if she is:
- Maintaining lots of eye contact then feel free to return that eye contact
- Dancing quite close to you then that is generally a signal that she would want to do intimitate dancing. Your hands in this case might be on her hips.
- Dancing with a serious look on her face becuase she is really into the music then match that.
- Or somewhat mocking the music by doing silly dance moves then try and match that too.
It is generally easier to take cues from the woman instead of imposing your own cues. This is due to the power imbalance between you. Aka, you are generally the stronger, probably taller, more naturally dominant of the two genders). So it is generally safer if the women get some control of the situation.
However, if you see the woman struggling to decide what to do then propose your own moves. But be a gentleman about it.Cues from a shy/not confident woman:
Identify if the woman is not too confident with dancing (using your observations about her type from point 6). Then try and identify what sort of dance actions she might like but not want to instigate due to shyness. Or due to expectations of men traditionally being the first ones to make a move in this sort of context.
For example, she might want to hold hands. But if she reached out and took your hands then her friends might judge her for being that bold. This sounds out of date, and it is, but in reality, these thoughts are still occurring in both genders. This is a fascinating display of the wide spectrum of what constitutes masculine vs femine behaviour. This is particularly prominent in a more vulnerable space such as dancing with the other gender.
The common ways women might indirectly communicate their desire for more intimacy is by displaying subtle cues such as:
- Flipping her hair
- Smiling lots
- Eye contact
- Laughing lots
- Her body language
- How much she is talking to you in your ear.
These can give you some indication of whether an increase in intimacy is warranted by holding hands, etc. BUT, tread with caution, if in doubt, stick to a ‘no touching’ policy.
You can also test the waters by gently holding her hands. Or experimenting with different dance moves and seeing if she is enjoying herself. If not, go back to more safe dancing.
A general tip if she is not too confident is to try giving her a few gentle spins. But don’t wrench her arm, this is where your skills in partner dancing from point 4, are useful.
‘Once a woman has accepted your invitation to dance, don’t take that as an opportunity to grind, hump, or touch her, just keep dancing and having fun.’
‘Grabbing our hips and swaying and grinding? This is boring to me. Show off some real dancing, good or not.’Jessica, 23, club dancer,
Maria, 32, club dancer.
General advice from women here is:
Once a woman has accepted your invitation to dance, don’t take that as an opportunity to grind, hump, or touch her body, keep just having fun and keep dancing.
Try and make her night enjoyable, focus on the fun aspect, not a sexual end game.
Take care of her, don’t be too into your own dancing, make sure she is okay and you can even protect her somewhat from other rough dancers.
Don’t try and out dance her. If you know you are a better dancer than her then don’t make her feel inadequate, try and be humble.
11. Know when to stop dancing and when to take things further:
At this point, you may have been successful in approaching a woman and dancing with her. The next question is: how long do I dance with her?
If the dancing is enjoyable:
The safe bet is to judge if the dancing is enjoyable for both of you. So try and judge when you have established a fun dance connection but BEFORE the novelty of her dancing with you wears out (which can happen after people have just met).
One way to conclude an enjoyable dance experience without wearing out your welcome is to say: ‘I am really liking dancing with you, but I don’t want to keep you from your friends, can I give you my number?’.
This shows that you are fun, courteous, and interested in her. You may have just made her night.
Women have advised that giving her your number instead of asking for her number is a much less stressful situation for the woman as there is no pressure for her to divulge her personal phone number until after she has thought about if she would like to message you.
‘He gave me his phone number rather than asking for mine, which means I got a say in whether or not the contact developed without having to awkwardly reject him or give a fake number.’Lisa, 21, club dancer.
If the dancing is not so enjoyable:
Another possibility is that the dancing and connection are not that enjoyable for whatever reason. So you might not give her your number by excusing yourself politely by perhaps saying: ‘Thank you so much for the dance, I just need to go to the bathroom’. This way the connection is safely aborted and you will both likely go your separate ways.
However, be sensitive to the fact that she may realize you didn’t enjoy dancing with her, so don’t immediately jump back on the dancefloor with someone else.
If you follow these rules, at the most your chances of dancing well with a woman will rise significantly. At the least, you will be a gentleman with swag, dignity, and confidence who understands how dancing with women works.
How to Get a Girl in the Club to Dance with You
Besides the fact that the dances cheer up and relieve stress, they also provide people with an additional opportunity to communicate and get to know each other better. And since this is one of the forms of interpersonal communication, one should know and observe the norms of dance etiquette. Let's be honest: the invitation to dance since the times of school prom is remembered as something painfully awkward, so we try to forget it as soon as possible and do it with pleasure. But going to hang out in the nightclub, you will face the task of inviting your partner or just a stranger to dance once again. We have found out from the dance floor regulars what rules you should follow and what to do if you are refused.
Many men being on the dance floor, face the problem of inviting a girl to dance. At this point, there is timidity and shyness that are uncommon in everyday life. Perhaps this is due to guys’ lack of confidence in their dance skills. Especially embarrassing the situation may be found by the men who came to the dance floor for the first time. Over time, you will remember with a smile your first steps towards pair dancing. Sure, inviting a girl to dance means to step over your fear of being rejected and remain yourself. Because the guy who has nothing to lose is the guy next to whom girls want to be.
Before the Club: How to Be Prepared to Get a Girl in the Club
When planning to go to a club, you need to remember that dance etiquette is of paramount importance on equal foot with preliminary preparation. The deal is, you can be the best on the dance floor, but the girl will hardly agree to dance with you if you don’t look very good. The same applies to the behavior in the club. Girls do not like when a man behaves provocatively or invites to dance when intoxicated or under drugs. Therefore, here are a few basic tips that will help you prepare for the evening at the club.
1. Look attractive
Before going to dance with a girl in the club, make yourself presentable. People don’t like those who don’t care about themselves. Take a shower, use deodorant, brush your teeth and refresh your breath. Unpleasant smell or untidy look puts a partner off, there must be respect for those you are going to dance with and get acquainted. But don’t overdo with the cologne. Most girls don’t like men to wear too much fragrance. Dress nicely. Your clothes also matter because it is an appearance that determines the first impression of a person. If you are very unsure of yourself or this is your first trip to the club, do not carp at yourself.
2. Practice dancing at home or visit lessons
How to dance with a girl in the club if you can’t dance? That’s the question. If you can’t dance at all, dance poorly or don’t know how to dance with a girl, we advise you to practice before this evening. If you danced before but have not practiced for a long time, you can repeat certain movements at home in front of the mirror. If dancing is not your strong side, the easiest option is video tutorials on the Internet, where you can choose an online lesson according to your level and dance style that you prefer. In some cases, when a person has never danced at all, it’s better to turn to a professional who will help you overcome uncertainty and teach you to dance.
3. Let your friends share their experience
The best option is a friend who knows how to dance and is a club buff. If you have one, then you are lucky. Just ask your friend for advice, and they will tell you how not to screw up the first night in the club. But remember that everything should not be perfect. In the end, you are not looking for a wife or soulmate, and nothing in your life will change if the girl refuses or if the evening is unsuccessful.
How to Start Dancing with a Girl at a Club: 10 Tips Guide
Dance etiquette, like everything else, has its own rules and standards of decency. Inviting a girl to dance plays no less important role than the process of dance itself. If a man makes not very good impression when asking for a dance, then it’s clear that a woman will not go dancing with him. In any case, the most important thing is not to overdo. So, here's a list of tips that will become indispensable to you when going to dance with a girl at the club.
1. Don’t drink too much
Perhaps, this is the first and basic rule. When you go to a club, you need to firmly decide for yourself whether you go to have fun and drink or to make friends and dance with someone. The worst option is to mix two kinds of pastime in the club because dancing on a drunken head will never end with anything good. Do not expect that the girl will gladly accept your invitation to dance if you are drunk and can barely keep up. Besides, when being blind drunk, it may happen that the security will show you the door, so know the measure.
2. Relax and enjoy the night
If the only thing on your mind is how to ask a girl to dance with you, then most likely, the evening will not please you and will not let you relax. Don’t focus on finding a partner for the dance but enjoy the time. Believe us, it is always noticeable when the guy is too concerned about the problem of meeting the girl, and he gives the impression of a loser. Be confident, have fun, and girls will notice you.
3. Don’t look like an obsessive freak
One more time: do not make it your goal to find a partner for a dance. If the whole evening you are pestering the girls asking them to dance, then it will look weird, at best. And if you are not lucky, others can take you for a maniac. Remember that not everyone who goes to the club likes to dance and go there only for it. Perhaps some have come here with friends or just want to relax. Try to find people who pursue the same goals as you, and do not bother others spending time the way they want.
4. Investigate the dancefloor
Before contemplating how to start dancing with a girl at a club, look at how others do it. The general atmosphere, the music played in the club, the overall mood will help you get a tone. Perhaps the music that the DJ turns on is not quite suitable for pair dance or you just don’t like it. It will be embarrassing to go to the dance floor and be the only couple dancing together. If you want to dance to a particular song, ask the DJ if they can play it.
5. Dance alone for a while, show your skills
If a girl wants to dance, she is just like you will be looking for a partner. She will watch the rest, evaluate their dancing skills. No one wants to dance with a man who is a complete hack at this. So, if you want to attract a potential partner, show her what you can do. Get on the dance floor, wait for the desired song and dance like you usually do. If a girl likes the way you move, maybe she will be the first to invite you to dance.
6. Always approach them from the front
If you are unsure how to ask a girl to dance with you and not get refuse, remember one rule: always approach the girl from the front. Asking for a dance, look in the face, and never approach a woman from the back suddenly contacting her with some requests. First, the sudden approach of an unfamiliar man can scare a girl off, she can hit you or ask friends or a boyfriend to deal with you. You don’t need troubles and extra bruises, so remember that you should come to the girl from the FRONT.
7. Introduce yourself and ask to dance nicely
So, you approach the girl intending to invite her to dance. If this is the beginning of the party, say hello. Do it simply, affably and with a smile, excessive seriousness or pathos (for example, falling on one knee with a hat in your hand) can frighten a lady. As an invitation to dance people are used to using the cliché, “Will you allow me to invite you for a dance?” The phrase "Let's dance?" can only be used when referring to a very close friend or wife. If a girl agrees to dance with you, thank her, extend your hand and take her to the dance floor. Do not start dancing right at the bar.
8. Don’t grab her and maintain the distance
Do not hug and touch the girl, especially before she accepted the invitation to dance. If a woman is wearing a dress with a deep neckline on the back, then the man should hold his hand to the side, without touching the bare back of the lady. During the dance, the man must take care to neither lift the dress of the partner with his hand, nor to put it aside, and nor to wrinkle. The partner must maintain a distance during and after the dance when not in a relationship with the girl. Dance is not an oath to live happily ever after.
9. Talk to her and offer to buy a drink
Talk to her during slow dancing. So, both of you will be a little more comfortable. Tell her that she looks good. This is very important because many girls spend a lot of time when preparing to go out. If she makes you a compliment, thank her. But don't expect her to compliment first. At the end of the dance, escort the girl to the place and offer to buy her a drink. Do not leave the girl on the dance floor immediately after the music stops.
10. Just be respectful
Remember that the girl you invite to dance is not your girlfriend or wife. If she doesn’t like something during the dance, or she doesn’t want to dance with you, do not resent or insist on anything. During the dance, don’t behave too cheekily and don’t talk to the girl on indecent topics. Respect the person who agreed to spend time with you.
Red Flags You Need to Consider Before Dancing with a Girl
However, there are certain situations when it is necessary to refrain from inviting a girl to dance due to some reasons. Even if you like a girl or you want to dance desperately. Here are the cases when you should not invite a girl to dance.
1. She is with her boyfriend. According to etiquette, if a man wants to invite a woman who came to a party with her boyfriend to the dance, he must ask for his consent firstly. If the man of the girl doesn’t object, one should ask a girl’s consent. But if we take into account the time we live in, it’s better not to approach the girl who came to the party accompanied by a guy. Otherwise, you may leave the club with bruises.
2. She is deadly drunk. Are any additional explanations needed here? If a girl is barely on her feet, do not invite her to dance. She is not able to dance. In this case, it is better to ask if the girl needs help.
3. She has already said no. If a woman responds negatively to your invitation, you shouldn’t show her that you are disappointed. Apologize and move away. You shouldn’t beg a woman. Remember, no means no. If she says you are not her type and says it seriously, back off! Nothing annoys a girl more than a guy who doesn’t leave her alone. This is not only rude but can make her hate you.
These are general tips on how to get a girl in a club to dance with you. But remember that there are no rules since each club has its own. Things that are acceptable for some people can be completely unacceptable for others. You can also ask your friends how to dance with a girl at a club. If they have more experience, they can share it with you. It is not so important if you do not know how to dance in a club or anywhere else when you can enjoy what is happening and lighten the mood of those around you.
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Why should an engineer start dancing tango / Sudo Null IT News
About once a week my evening looks like this: I put a nice shirt or two in my bag, a nice pair of shoes and come to a park with an open veranda, a restaurant or a club. Several dozen well-dressed men and women have already gathered there, I quickly change clothes and join them. I know someone, we warmly embrace and exchange a few words for life. There is a bar: you can take a glass of wine, a cocktail or juice. Somewhat old-fashioned, but beautiful and rhythmic music is playing. Here it changes, I listen to the first bars, look around the room, choose the most spectacular woman and try to catch her eye.
No, this is not a "over 30" dating club, not a psychological training and not an underground marketplace for escort services. For more than ten years, apart from a few breaks, I have been dancing social Argentine tango.
The key word here is "social". This is not a sport (there are sports and ballroom dancing, the standard program of which includes tango), not fitness, not a folklore circle. Social dancing is a hobby that millions of people all over the world do, and now I’ll tell you why this is an ideal activity for Habr’s audience: software engineers, testers, SREs and others, who until recently were condescendingly called nerds and geeks (so far our companies did not begin to receive billion-dollar valuations, and we ourselves did not become millionaires in those very 30s).
Another important feature of social dances is that they are danced in pairs, where there are roles of leader and follower, leader and follower (this is what, by the way, the politically incorrect master and slave had to be renamed into). These couples are formed impromptu: in tango there is the concept of cabeseo / mirada, when potential partners meet eyes, nod to each other, the partner approaches the partner and invites her to the dance floor with a gesture. Other social dances probably have their own, more or less formal ways of negotiating a dance. The social dances themselves are largely improvisational, of course, they have separate figures and ligaments, but exactly how and in what order to compose them is decided by the leader in a pair during the dance, based on the music, his mood and the availability of free space on the dance floor. .
It's obvious that you can't just come and start dancing without preparation - all social dances have to be learned, some longer, some faster. They say that in Cuba they learn to dance salsa in two weeks, and tourists probably do it in 2-3 days, but the typical training time for tango, salsa, and swing varieties is from three to six months. At this point, it is considered that students can already dance tolerably with each other and other beginner dancers and enjoy it. The path from beginner to intermediate and advanced level can take several years, but in general this process has no end: you can always improve the basic technique, learn new figures, ligaments and whole varieties of dance.
Thus, a typical week of a student in a social dance group consists of two group lessons of one and a half hours and at least three hours of independent practice, without which the lessons practically do not make sense: in the lessons we only learn the material, and for mechanical memorization it is required to repeat it many times . In addition to lessons and practices, you will have to spend at least a minimal amount on clothes and shoes. Over time, you will want to attend more expensive seminars and intensives and even take private lessons (I continue to do this regularly with my more than a decade of experience), as well as buy or make custom-made dance "equipment". For the sake of what, one wonders, such an investment of money, and, more importantly, time? And why do I strongly recommend IT workers to do this?
First of all, social dancing is a great way to socialize (pun intended). At lessons and practices, as well as at milongas (the so-called tango parties), salsatecs and parties of other dances, you meet a variety of people with whom you will be united by common interests, topics for conversation, and this is great both to satisfy the basic need for communication, and for making new useful contacts, as well as, last but not least, acquaintances with the opposite sex. Women in social dances come off to the fullest in terms of dresses, shoes, hairstyles and makeup: everything that they sometimes lack in everyday life, they can fully embody on the dance floor, so their eyes diverge out of habit, and the pulse quickens to a slight tachycardia. The rituals of choosing partners and partners are pretty similar to similar gender rituals of flirting and seduction, and the fifteen-minute dance itself can express a lot of emotions without words and helps to get to know each other better than texting on Tinder or dating in coffee shops. However, moving from dancing to casual conversation is as easy as shelling pears: I remind you that the bar is open!This is a picture from a real Moscow milonga, taken from the LocalWay website
(don't stop reading on the previous paragraph, it's not all good things about social dancing!) problems and algorithms. In this regard, the "right hemispheric" functions - emotions, intuition, imaginative thinking, perception of art - are less developed in us, and the further we advance in our career, the stronger this imbalance. Social dancing is a great way to pump your "right hemisphere": learn to listen and hear music, perceive and express emotions and improvise. These are invaluable skills that will come in handy countless times in a variety of life situations, from moving in a dense stream of people to work meetings and business and personal relationships.
I'm not talking about the fact that the formation of new neural connections is a hyperuseful process for the brain, especially with age. If you don’t want to turn into a conservative bore by the age of 40, who is lashing out at the youth unleashed with their flashlights in the yard, then it’s a matter of our time! - you need to constantly learn something new, helping the brain and psyche to maintain plasticity and lability. Learning something that is not just outside of your work responsibilities and professional interests, but perpendicular to them is a hundredfold useful. With my ten years of experience, I constantly continue to learn something in tango, attend seminars of Argentine maestros, exchange new chips with tangeros friends, study tango music and learn a little Spanish to better understand the lyrics.
But that's not all! The third whale of dancing is the physical form. At first glance, it seems that most social dances, unlike ballroom dancing, do not require much effort, especially if we are talking about Argentine tango, and not boogie-woogie or lindy-hop. But this impression is deceptive: the music is fast, the figures and ligaments are complex and require a certain dexterity, and a lot of strength is required to maintain balance (feet and ankle), hold your axis (back muscles and corset muscles), embrace with a partner (muscles of the arms ). Each step in tango is accented and, starting from the floor, ends at the point of contact of the couple, engaging all the muscles along the way. And so an hour and a half of a lesson, two hours of practice or 3-4 hours of a milonga!
In-depth work on dance technique and basic techniques of balance, step, axis and embrace lead to an increase in body awareness (understanding how the body and its individual parts work) to the level of advanced adherents of Pilates, bodybuilding and even yoga. Some dancers and especially dance teachers organically develop in the direction of body psychotherapy and embodiment (google, the text is already big). Already from the advanced level, dancers get a good posture, a light and energetic step, as well as an image improvement and an increase in self-esteem as a bonus, and with experience this only progresses.
With this, I will end social dancing in general and move on to the benefits of Argentine tango specifically.
Firstly, in my opinion, it is in the Argentine tango of all social dances that there is the most improvisation and the least memorized chords and "tracks". At least it is in tango that this is valued above all. This is due to the traditions of the Argentine milongas, where the density of couples per square meter of the floor is sometimes such that there is nowhere for an apple to fall, and the ability of a partner to use all the available space or move in one place in a variety of ways was a sign of skill.
Secondly, tango has the most complex emotions and feelings. The norm for tango is a close hug, when the bodies of the partner and the partner are tightly pressed in the chest area. We are actually dancing, embracing! Feeling each other's micro-movements, delicately touching with your feet, hearing breathing, freezing or breaking away in unison is priceless for me. Well, just hugging other people is good for your health (yes, there are scientific studies).
Because of this, tango is usually danced by people who are emotionally mature, able to express their mood and appreciate the feelings of others. There are very few “achievers” in the tango environment, people whose thoughts are aimed at producing an external effect: after all, most of our dance takes place within a couple. At the same time, the rule "what happens on the dance floor - stays on the dance floor" applies, and after a sensual tanda on the verge of eroticism (four melodies that are danced in a row without a change), my partner and I can look at each other and disperse in different directions in satisfaction, so that in 15 minutes, experience the same (or completely different) range of emotions with other people.And this is a photo of your disobedient servant in the emotional moment of the dance
For me personally, such a thing as tango tourism plays an important role. Argentine social tango is so widely spread across the planet that there are dancing parties in almost every major city in the world, except for countries where bodily contact between unfamiliar people is considered unethical or even prohibited. Going on any trip, I throw a pair of dance shoes into my bag, and I am almost sure that if I want to go dancing, I will easily find such an opportunity for myself, as it happened many times in Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, USA, and everywhere else. Before the coronavirus, tango festivals were held all over the world, including in Russia and Belarus, including both just milongas and master classes by a world-class maestro. This was a great reason to choose a place for the next vacation: to see the city and in the evening there is always something to do. St. Petersburg, Nizhny, Chelyabinsk, Minsk, Istanbul, Naples, Genoa, Barcelona - these are just some of the places where I attended great events and met cool people.
And finally: when the basic movements are danced to automatism, and the necessary muscle groups are constantly in good shape, the requirements for physical fitness become not as acute as at the beginning of the journey. As a result, tango can be danced even at a rather advanced age of 60-70, unlike other social dances, where this is rather an exception. In the milongas in Argentina, where the tango culture is most alive and integrated into society, it will not be a surprise to meet dancers aged 80 and even older. Just watch the great Carlos Gavito at almost 60 dancing with 35 year old Marcela Duran to the music of Osvaldo Pugliese. This show was one of the catalysts for me getting into tango, and the tune is still one of my favorites:
Now you probably have one question left: where to start your path to social dancing, how to understand if it's mine or not? If the article arouses interest, I will write a sequel about this and much more that I will meet on the path of a social dancer, as well as share my personal experience.