How to dance with your arms


Power, facials, energy – everything .You probably can name a few dancers who “go awff.” You’re blown away by them every time they perform.

Well, we’re here to tell you that YOU can train to dance bigger, stronger, and more full-out, too! Follow these 9 tips to take your energy from 0 to 100!

Strengthen up!

You don’t necessarily have to get HUGE in order to dance huge.

Size is not a determining factor in how powerfully you can execute. (I mean, have you seen Sorah dance?!)

What is necessary is strength.

Work out to give yourself more power and control when you dance. #Gainz, breh.

You don’t dance big by being big. You dance big by being strong.

So lift some weights, do some push-ups, hold some planks, and build your strength!

Stretch it out

You can dance bigger by filling out each movement completely.

This means using your body’s full range of motion.

Make this easier by stretching regularly.

It’s best to warm up your body with some cardio before you dance, then do a longer stretching routine afterwards.

Being more flexible will set start and end points of your movements further apart, making your movements larger.

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Practice like you’re performing

“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. That’s why we train so hard.”

– U.S. Navy

What the U.S. Navy is saying is – practice like you’re performing.

Once you get on stage (or even in groups) there is no magic dance God that takes over, making you kill the piece...

If you’ve been half-@$$ing it the whole time while learning.

So when you mark a piece, still maintain the execution that you want.

The only reason you’re not giving full power would be to pay more attention to something else, like watching the choreographer, listening to the music, or looking around to set formations.

But if you’re doing a run-through of the piece, take advantage of each chance you have to do it exactly how you want it to look.

Use your core!

It may surprise you, but movement starts from your core.

Even if it’s your arm or neck – it all comes from the tumtumz.

For example, when you're reaching with your arm, you can extend that reach by reaching from the shoulder.

And you can extend that reach by shifting your torso toward the direction of the reach.

So if you want to dance bigger and more powerfully without looking sloppy, tighten your core!

Not only will it make your movements bigger, but they will also be more strong because the base of your movement is so firmly rooted.

See Related Article: How To Execute Choreography Better By Using Your Body

Don’t flick da wrists

Even if you are dancing super big and strong, the effect can get lost by something really really small. .. like limp wrists.

This is a habit that a lot of dancers have. Their arms make clean pictures… then it breaks right at the wrists! Ughh.

To combat this, channel your energy allll way through your fingertips!

This will ensure that your strength is being distributed in your whole arm without interruption.

And this will make your movements look bigger and more complete.

Focus on focus

Your head and eyes are a part of the picture you’re making with your body, too! Really important parts!

Not only can it look awkward if you’re constantly looking down or at the mirror, but it will also cut off your projection.

And dancing BIG is all about projecting UP AND OUT.

Lift your chin up – especially if you’re performing for a bigger audience.

And if the movements in a piece call for you to look a certain direction, commit to it!

This doesn’t mean “look with your eyeballs.” It means “look with your whole face.”

It will make the move looks more natural, and it will help guide whoever’s watching.

The audience looks at what you look at.

If you’re reaching to the right and looking right at your arm, their focus will follow yours instead of watching you from straight ahead and noticing a single arm sticking out.

Wear loose-fitting clothes

Although it has been consistently over 80 degrees in Los Angeles, you’ll never see me dancing in a tank top.

I prefer to dance in loose-fitting long sleeves.

It’s not because I enjoy sweating, but because it really does help create the illusion of bigger movement.

Our fashion trends have evolved over the years. We went from Wal-Mart sweats and giant cut-out tees to compression pants, leggings, and sports bras.

And there’s nothing wrong with that!

But it still feels so good to just put on a huge sweater or baggy sweats and go HAM with all that extra fabric to add extra effect. HIP HOP.

Remember your dead limbs

When you’re dancing, your entire body is dancing. What does that mean?

Even if you’re isolating one body part and the rest of your body is stationary, that doesn’t mean you just forget about it your “unmoving” parts of your body.

For example, for a “right arm iso” move, I find myself putting all my strength into my right arm, while my left arm just flippity flops all over the darn place.

Dead and floppy limbs can distract people from what you actually want them to see.

Instead of paying attention to select body parts, create a whole picture with your whole body – including the “dead” parts of it!

This will make your movements look bigger and be more impactful!

Commit to your moves

Committing to your movements makes a huge difference in your performance. It makes everything more purposeful, effective, and entertaining.

But commitment is hard without confidence. Killin’ a piece first requires for you to believe that you can!

See Related Article: How To Dance With More Confidence

Put on your game face, crack your knuckles, give yourself a pep talk, and KILL IT!

We hope this helped you get an edge on your full-out training grind! We can’t wait to see you go awff in the next class.

Belly Dance Technique: Beautiful Arms



PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

by Shira


Many belly dance teachers do their students a disservice by failing to teach how to use the arms gracefully. Here are some thoughts on how to add graceful arm moves to your dance.


The Foundation

First, it's helpful to consider a couple of concepts:

  1. At a very fundamental level, Western (European and North American) dance is what your limbs (arms and legs) do: traveling steps, high kicks, leaps, sweeping arm movements, etc.
  2. At a very fundamental level, Oriental dance (belly dance) is what your core muscles do, and the moving limbs are there to frame and support the core.


Avoiding the Western Accent

Here are some guidelines for making your arm movements fit the aesthetic of Oriental dance, to eliminate your Western accent:

  1. Arm movements should originate from the torso, usually the upper back.
  2. Avoid standing still and moving just the arms alone. For example, don't stand still and do 8 counts of snake arms.
  3. Use the arms to create frames that showcase what the torso is doing, particularly the hips.
  4. Learn to think of the music as containing "sentences" which consist of a noticeable beginning, middle, and end. Think of your arms as flowing with these sentences, with a movement beginning as the music begins a sentence, swelling to express energy as the phrase swells, and tapering off as the phrase reaches its end.
  5. Avoid holding the arms outstretched to each side at shoulder level in the "crucifix" position. This position will cause your dance to look very un-Middle Eastern.
  6. Avoid using "Pharonic" arms - the arm positions that have elbows and wrists bent at right angles. These too are a Western invention.
  7. Avoid letting the arms linger in the ballet arm positions of first through fifth. The arms may pass through these positions, but posing them in these positions for any length of time is very Western.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by André Elbing, Bärbroich, Germany, at one of Shira's performances in Egypt.


Role Models

One of the best learning tools is to study performances by dancers who have beautiful arm movements. Here are some suggestions for role models. Try to find videos of them on youtube or DVD and study how they use their arms:

  • Tahia Carioca. Her two performances in the movie Shatie el Gharam (Shore of Love) are particularly worth watching. This is available on DVD with English subtitles, and the dance scenes also appear on the DVD Legends of Belly Dance.
  • Naima Akef. Her first two performances in the movie Tamra Henna are particularly noteworthy - the performances in the folkloric costumes.
  • Fifi Abdo. Her style is more baladi (folk/traditional), and therefore her arm movements and positions are more casual, less polished than those of Tahia Carioca. Look for a video of her titled Concert at al Emailia. Her aesthetic is a bit more raw than that of Tahia Carioca, but it suits the dance style that she does.

Although Samia Gamal was known for her expressive arms as shown in the photo to the right, she isn't recommended here as a role model because many of her silver screen performances were intentionally Western in their aesthetic. Someone not familiar with her work may need assistance determining which clips are useful for studying Oriental technique versus which represent a more Western aesthetic.

PHOTO CREDIT: Samia Gamal in a scene from Sigarah wa Kass.


Suggested Drills

These drills can be used in home practice to incorporate beautiful arm movements into the dance. The key is to do these drills over and over, until the arm movements can occur automatically, without needing to think consciously about them.


Drill #1: Arm Arcs

  1. Pick a fluid move, such as hip circles, horizontal figure 8's, or vertical figure 8's.
  2. Put some music on your sound system that you think would be for drilling this move. Suggested song titles: "Bir Demet Yasemen", "Erev Shel Shoshanim", "Cleopatra", Warda's version of "Mihtagalak", John Bilezijian's version of "Salla Sana Mendillini", "Jemilleh", "Tien Afto".
  3. Begin drilling the chosen move.
  4. Place your hands attractively at either hip. (That is, don't let them just dangle. Keep the elbows softly rounded away from the body, pretending there is a baseball in each armpit that you want to drop.)
  5. While continuing to do the chosen hip move, slowly sweep both arms out away from the body in a huge arc, leading with the wrists, so that the arms trace a path from hip to above the head. Always keep the elbows soft while doing this.
  6. Cross the wrists high above the head, elbows still soft, as shown in the photo of Tahia Carioca to the right.
  7. Keeping wrists crossed, bring the hands slowly down in front of the body to hip level.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tahia Carioca in a scene from Shatie el Gharam.

Repeat steps 3 through 7 above many times, perhaps for the duration of a complete 3-4 minute song. The key here is to drill this so much that when doing a figure 8 or hip circle, it feels natural to accompany that move with this arm movement.

Do this drill daily for a week, for 15 minutes per day or longer, before moving on to the next drill below.


Drill #2: Synchronizing Drill #1 to Music

  1. Using one of the songs recommended for Drill #1, do figure 8's. These may be any of the horizontal or vertical figure 8 variations. Or, you may vary by doing one for a while, then switching to another.
  2. Pay attention to the beat in the music, and do half a figure 8 (one hip) on each beat. Don't proceed to step #3 below until you feel it's natural to synchronize your hips with the beat.
  3. Add the arm movement used in Drill #1. Synchronize it to the beat in the music and the movement of your hips, as follows:
    • On Count 1, hands should be in position near your hips.
    • On Counts 2, 3, and 4, sweep the arms upward in arcs on either side of your body until they are overhead.
    • On Count 5, cross the wrists in the position shown in the Tahia Carioca photo above.
    • On Counts 6 through 8, bring the arms back down to hip level.

Do this drill daily for a week, for 15 minutes per day or longer, before moving on to the next drill below.


Drill #3: Making It Graceful

Do Drill #2. However, by now you should be able to synchronize the arms with the musical phrasing, focus on making the arms feel soft and fluid while doing the hip movement. Keep the arm movement continuous. Don't pause at hip level, and don't pause at the top when crossing the wrists. Focus the attention on keeping the arms flowing continuously.

If possible, videotape yourself doing this drill and critique your arms. Do they flow continuously? Are they soft and fluid?

Practice this drill until your arms flow gracefully. This may take 2-3 days of daily practice or more to reach this stage.


Drill #4: Add Breathing

Here's where you begin to make the transition from merely exercising to dancing!

As you do Drill #2, breathe with your arms. As you raise them think about slowly taking a luscious deep breath. As you bring them down, think about exhaling slowly. At first, you might not be able to continue the inhale/exhale the full four counts, unless you're accustomed to a discipline such as yoga, singing, or playing trumpet where breath control is required. But keep doing the drill, and eventually you will reach a point where you can do this.

Practice this for a week, 15 minutes or more per day.


Drill #5: Energy

This is it. This is what all the previous drills have been working up to. This is the drill that will bring life and meaning to your arm movements.

Do Drill #2, as follows:

  1. As you raise your arms, visualize that you are bringing fiery, joyful energy up from the core of the earth with you.
  2. As your arms reach the point above your head, imagine releasing that joy to the universe and sharing it with all who may be watching you, even if it's just your cats.
  3. As you cross your wrists, imagine capturing some of that joy for yourself. As you bring your hands back down to your hips, visualize bringing that joyful energy into your heart.

You can experiment with different types of moods here: joy, love, peace, introspection, etc. Pick one, drill it a while, then try another. You might need different songs to help you feel the different moods.

If you are a spiritual person, here is an alternate way to visualize this:

  1. As you raise your arms, imagine that you are offering your own being to your God.
  2. As your arms reach the point above your head, say a prayer of praise as you release that energy.
  3. As you cross your wrists, imagine yourself gathering blessings and bringing them down to share with all who may be watching you.

This is the most important of all the drills you have done so far. This is what they were building up to. Allow yourself to savor it, for at least a week, 15 minutes a day or more. In this drill, your arms are not merely waving randomly around - they are managing energy, your own and that of anyone watching you. This will give meaning and power to your dance.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Kaylyn Hoskins, Solon, Iowa.


Drill #6: Vary the Arms

By now, you must be rather weary of Drill #2. Now it's time to try some variations. Spend a full week or more experimenting with these, a minimum of 15 minutes per day.

Variation A
  1. On Counts 1 & 2, bring the arms only as high as shoulder height. Imagine you are drawing fiery energy up from the earth.
  2. On Counts 3 & 4, bring the arms in toward your heart, so that you end with your wrists crossed over your heart. As you do this, imagine you are drawing that earth energy into yourself, to warm your heart.
  3. On Counts 5 & 6, keep your hands over your heart. Savor that fiery energy as it spreads throughout your core, bringing joy with it.
  4. On Counts 7 & 8, return your hands to hip level, and return the energy to the earth to ground it.

Inhale on Counts 1 through 4, exhale on Counts 5 through 8.

If you want to use a more faith-oriented way to visualize this, try this:

  1. As you raise your arms on Counts 1 & 2, imagine you are bringing them up to catch the blessings being showered down upon you from above.
  2. As you bring your arms in toward your heart on Counts 3 & 4, imagine bringing the blessings into your very being, accepting them with joy.
  3. On Counts 5 & 6, allow the blessings to spread throughout your very being as your crossed wrists continue to reside over your heart.
  4. On Counts 7 & 8, bring your hands down to hip level, allowing the blessings to take root.

Drill the above until you can do it naturally. Then, alternate it with the original arm move. Do one set of 8 counts with Drill #2, then do another set of 8 counts with this drill.

Variation B
  1. Use Counts 1 & 2 to raise your arms more quickly than before to rise above your head. Imagine you are bringing fiery, joyful energy up from the earth as your arms rise.
  2. On Counts 3 & 4 bring your crossed wrists down to your heart. Bring that energy into yourself, and feel the joy and vitality it brings with it.
  3. On Counts 5 & 6, angle your arms so that your palms face the ceiling and press your arms forward at waist level in a giving motion. Share that joy and vitality with those around you by offering it to them with your arm gesture.
  4. Count 7, open your arms up to either side. Release the energy, giving of it freely to those around you.
  5. Count 8, arms back to hip level, grounding the energy that remains inside you.

Inhale on Counts 1 through 4, exhale on Counts 5 through 8.

Repeat this variation until it becomes automatic, then alternate with the original Drill #2 and Variation A.

Variation C

Reverse Drill #2. In other words:

  1. On Count 1, cross the wrists down at hip level.
  2. Use Counts 1 through 4 to raise the arms up through the center of the body until they are above the head.
  3. On Counts 5 through 8, bring the arms back down with large arcs on either side of the body until they reach hip level.

Repeat this variation enough times until it becomes automatic. Then add it to your practice, alternating with Drill #2, Variation A, and Variation B.


Just dance. Alternate your hips between hip circles, horizontal figure 8's, vertical figure 8's, and shimmies as you see fit. Experiment with different ways of expressing arm movements. Experiment with the ones in the exercises above and make up your own variations. Immerse yourself in the music and allow your arms to express what the music is doing.

Remember to incorporate breathing. Remember to think about how you are managing energy.


Match Arms to Step Combinations

Select a step combination that you know how to do, and then create an arm move that works with it. Remember to choose an arm move that serve as a frame to the hip work, and remember to think in terms of how that arm movement will function as a tool for bringing energy into yourself and releasing that energy to others.

Here is an example:

First, the Footwork

Do a grapevine to the left, with 3 steps, and then place the left toe on the ball on Count 4. If you don't know how to do a grapevine, it is:

  • Start with your feet parallel, toes pointed directly forward.
  • Count 1: Pick up your right foot and cross it in front of your left foot. Put your weight on the right foot.
  • Count 2: Pick up the left foot and take a small step to the left, to untangle it from the crossed position.
  • Count 3: Cross your right foot behind the left.
  • Count 4: Keep your weight on the right foot, and place the left foot near it, up on the ball.

While standing in the above position, do 4 hip drops on the left hip.

Now, do a grapevine & point traveling toward the right, and end with your weight on the left foot, the right foot on the ball, and do 4 hip drops on the right hip.

Practice the above a few times to medium-speed music. The song "Tahtill Shibbak" is well suited to this.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Lina Jang, New York City, New York.

Add the Arms

For the grapevine:

  • Count 1: As your right foot crosses in front, place your arms in an upside-down V so that your arms are mostly straight but not locked, your hands out away from your hips on each side around hip or waist level.
  • Count 2: Bring your hands in toward your chest, so that your wrists cross over your heart. Gather in energy as you do, bringing it into your core.
  • Count 3: Begin to raise your right arm upward, and begin to lower your left hand downward. As you raise the right arm, think about beginning to release the energy you had gathered in.
  • Count 4: End in a pose with your left hand near your left hip, elbow soft, with the hand near the hip serving as a frame for the hip. Your right hand should be high above your head - that elbow should be soft, but not bent much.

For the hip drops:

Hold the arms in this pose.

Plan Others

Think about other step combinations that you know. Perhaps you have been taught arm movements that are designed to work with them. Using what you learned from the above drills, think about how you would add breathing and energy management to the arm moves.


Other Tips to Try

  • As you practice arm moves that you have been taught, imagine dragging your arm through deep water, feeling the resistance.
  • Learn how to do hand ripples.
  • Always caress your aura, not your physical body.
  • Listen to the phrasing in the music. As the music swells to a climax, allow your arms to float upward. As the music comes down from that climax, bring your arms physically down.


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Dance movements with hands

To move well in a disco, it is enough to have a sense of rhythm. Add to this dance movements with your hands and now you are already rocking to an unfamiliar melody, in an interesting company. To make all this a reality, it is enough to spend half an hour and rehearse a couple of “chips” in front of the mirror.

Waves with hands

Waving remains out of time and out of fashion, it is the ability to imitate wave movements with hands. We start with the right hand. Bend your elbow and bring your palm upside down in front of you, so that the palm is parallel to the floor, and you look at it a little from above - down. The elbow and shoulder are relaxed, the tension is only in the fingers. Now try to repeat the movement of the wave, smoothly raising your palm up and describing an arc, lowering it down. Focus on the palm of the hand, fingers, forearm, elbow and shoulder are in a relaxed state and move inertly behind the hand. Start with a large amplitude and gradually reduce it to learn how to make a wave quickly. It will take 10 minutes to master this movement. Wave with both hands at the same time, pointing the palms towards each other, and when they cross, let the crossed wave go up, this is a full-fledged dance movement that looks good even without connecting the legs.


To occupy hands during the dance, you can perform cross-cross movements. Extend your left hand, clenched into a fist, in front of you, but not evenly, but slightly at an angle, so that the hand goes slightly to the right. Now extend your right hand, clenched into a fist, so that the letter X is formed. To make this movement work, you need to add a little dynamics. For example, crossing the right hand with the left, return it several times to its original position (to the beat of the music), then raise the crossed arms above the head and open the cross, lowering and pulling the hands to the belt with clenched fists, as is done in karate. Or you can open your arms and lower them through the sides, describing an arc, performing tactile movements with your legs.

Women's hand dance moves

Girls will definitely want more smooth hand dance moves, we have some recommendations for them too.


The movement is performed when there is enough space around, as it involves rotation. Raise your arms above your head, leaving your elbows "soft", which means they can be slightly bent so that the arm is relaxed and supple. The palm is collected in a weak fist with index fingers released, which look up. At the same time, the left and right wrists begin to rotate from right to left along a small radius. After the second circle, the amplitude increases, and the forearm begins to rotate after the wrist, after 2 turns, both hands, rotating in the same direction, describe a circle above the head. Such a movement requires practice and self-confidence. It is ideal for breaks or slow songs where the footwork is constrained by a slow rhythm.

Look at me

The simplest and most popular movement that girls love to do to any music is stroking. A straightened palm is placed, for example, on the neck and led down, through the center of the chest and from the solar plexus to the side, leaving the arm bent at the elbow at the waist. In this performance, the movement will be called “look at my chest”, if you do the same with both hands from the waist, rising along the sides to the chest, from there to the neck, change direction there, slightly return to the sides, go to the back and finish the movement with your hands on pope, then it will turn out "look at my figure. " Such options are quite frank, and it is better to use them either in a purely female company, or for a personal dance for your man. If you run your hands only over your neck and play with your hair at the same time, then you get the “look at my hair” movement, which can be performed at any disco, with any leg movements. By the way, “look at my hair” is included in the female style of many social dances, for example, salsa and bachata.

12 life hacks, to quickly learn how to dance from Mamita Dance


Author: Pavel Collect
Psychologist, teacher of Salsa and Tango


Author: Pavel Pavel Pavel Pavel Pavel, Teacher of Salce and Tango

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 stand up to the test of experience. Perhaps now your eyes widened in surprise, and you want to meaningfully read the phrase again. Yes, you saw everything correctly: when you dance with a partner of your level, you don’t grow anywhere.

It's important to understand that not only does it work one way and you have to dance with cooler dancers, but it works even more effectively the other way. It is no coincidence that teaching pair dances dramatically raises the level of the teacher himself. You have an endless stream of very beginner dancers.

How it works. A more experienced partner needs to be "stretched". It's easy and obvious. With beginners, you need to take more initiative on yourself, see the general pattern of the dance more widely, turn on and insure more, try to be an example and be more careful. The quality of interaction begins to grow significantly. And wonderful partners too.

Dancing with partners of your level doesn't make you grow. Dance with beginners and more advanced dancers

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5. Learn to dance for a partner and for a partner

Turks and Argentines are one of the best partners in the world. In Russia, partners are highly valued. Why? The answer is simple. In Argentina and Turkey, it is not questionable for men to ask another man to lead in one piece or another and give feedback on the quality of the lead. For them, it will be a great shame to hear moralizing from a partner, or even more so to be known in the community as an insecure partner.

In Russia, due to the constant, often far-fetched, opinion that there are more women in pair dances, partners calmly get up and study their partner's part. Such partners then grow into very cool dancers and teachers. In no case do this at parties, only in class. Here we are talking only about the learning strategy. At parties, be yourself.

6. Do not memorize 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 partner 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, do not be afraid to go beyond, develop in different directions, be inspired by music atypical for 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.

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