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I'm clubbing like this is my last night on Earth, but I think that's just the way my mind avoids thinking about the hangover to come. The music moves me like I'm a puppet on strings, my head mashing so hard my brain is in shut down mode. There's so much sweat on my skin and not all of it's mine. The strobe masks so many of my movements, every clap of my hands like it's on pause at different moments. Tomorrow they'll be hell to pay but tonight the alcohol keeps on flowing in like it's on IV drip.

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, September 17, 2015.


In the club the good vibes flow like a virus, but a good one. There's love in the air, all hyped up and ready to give us a good time. Ivan weaves through the guys and girls like a pro, his smile wider than the golden gates; God I love that man.

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, September 17, 2015.


Clubbing makes my synapses jump like beans in a tin. I couldn't be more alive if I was shouting from a mountain top. The music is a drug that brings me higher, higher until my mind buzzes with pure joy. I feel as if my soul will shine so bright my skin will start to glow, like my aura would become visible. But the night is so young, my limbs have so much energy I could dance for millennia and then some more.

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, September 17, 2015.


Clubbing is a party every night. We slip in among the crowd, a bee line for the bar. A whiskey later I'm ready to move with the music, hands in the air, body moving like an uncoiling rope, eyes on fire. The joy is like a shot of adrenaline to the heart and all at once I'm moving, one with the music, one with every crazy person dancing in this place.

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, September 17, 2015.


The club is electric tonight, everyone feeding off of the smiles and fast dancing. I could go like this all night long, feet moving to the crazy beat like they belong to the music. I move in my dress like my hips were made to sway, the sequins catching the disco ball light that twirls above - launching a every shade of the rainbow into the darkness.

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, September 17, 2015.


No-one can see the dance floor, it's wall to wall people dancing to the club music. There's no room for any more but somehow when Candy and I hit it the space magically comes. The music is all nineteen nineties but we're dancing like it's jive, twisting, turning, holding hands as we change sides. We're all grins, we look like idiots and we don't care. Inside we're just happy, happy and more alive than we can ever be in school. I feel the part of me that's really me come out to play, to feel the vibe of the music and let my body go free. One moment, one brilliant feeling of togetherness suspended in time. In ten years I'll still remember tonight, I love the quiet life but I relish the crazy fun times. Music, friends, good times, dance. Then I can focus in class, learn the facts, be the good girl. Can I help it of my soul loves a kickin' beat?

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, March 3, 2015.


All day long I've been sitting at this desk, paper work piling higher and higher. Save the trees, huh? I don't think the managers here have ever heard of that. The clock ticks on the wall and I swear it's slowing down. Sitting here alone makes me flatter than a week old glass of coke. Every time I don't have to think about the task at hand I'm already dancing, dancing in the club to music so loud it makes me deaf. I won't be alone either, the whole gang is coming. With that music, that beat, those crazy, crazy lights I know I'm alive, I'm real, and reality is awesome. By the end of the night I'm quite drunk, I should cut back but who's counting? We leave arm in arm, wobbling down the lamp-lit alley to hail a cab. The next day I check out the photos and laugh my ass off. Those girls are so precious. They get me through. I love'em.

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, February 12, 2015.


In the dark of the club all I had seen was his high cheekbones and mischievous eyes. He danced like no-one was watching, but of course they all were. He just hadn't cared. We had jived and boogied to rave music like it was thirty years previously, every move a throw back to an era that had belonged to our grandparents. At the end of the night we had burst through the doors in to the artificial glow of street-lamps, staggering, failing to hail a taxi. In the charcoal of almost-dawn we had arrived at my apartment and fallen into bed; asleep before we had time to get frisky, or at least I think that's what happened. In the late morning sunlight that streams through the blinds as if they weren't really there at all I can see his face bares the pock-marks of teenage acne. There is still some pinkness to it from the scars. Otherwise he is tanned, but I suspect it is natural rather than sun-induced. With that black hair he has a Greek look. Before I can fix myself up his eyes crack open ...

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By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, December 4, 2014.

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How to write a Professional Dance Scene (Tips and Examples)

So you don’t know how to write a dance scene? The words to use, the actions to describe. It can be challenging. What’s too much? What’s too little?

This post will give eight tips on writing dance scenes in a screenplay that most people miss and give actual dance scene examples from scripts accompanied by the movie scene. 

So you can write your next dance scene, whether that be:

  • Slow dance
  • Salsa dance
  • Dancing in a club
  • Lap dance
  • Pole dance
  • Breakdance

Let’s begin:

1.) Know the Dance Style and Tell the Reader

This first tip will break the show don’t tell rule, but in specific scenarios, it’s justified. 

Name it. 

Whether it’s a classical ballet dance or a tap dance. 

Saying what type of dance we are about to read on the page is the best way to describe it.  It doesn’t matter how you tell them as long as it’s in there. 


They enter a wonderland of hip-hop break dancers.
She laces up her ballerina shoes.
Announcer Next up to the pole, we call her...White Diamond.

It’s best towards the beginning, especially if the movie isn’t about a dancer and this is a one-off scene. You have to let the reader know what type of dance is happening. 

Naming, the dance in the opening, helps the reader imagine what the setting looks like and how slow or fast the dance is happening. 

If it’s in a nightclub, people will assume it’s fast-paced unless described differently. If it’s in a strip club, people will think it’s slow and sexual. 

We will get in some great ways to describe it, but you must first understand, what you say is more important than how you say it. 

2.) Dance scenes are written short

This tip always stops people in their tracks. But yes, dance scenes are written short and not that descriptive. 

In my research, every single written dance scene is shorter than the actual movie version. Generally, for every one page in a script, it equals one minute on the screen. But for most scenes with motion, like dance scenes, action scenes, fight scenes. 

Screenplays are just a blueprint for a film, so when writing, remember naming every twirl, flip, or spin isn’t just not needed it’s arguably considered bad writing. 

How short are we talking?

I’ve read dance scenes that say

They dance

Yes, Hollywood produced screenplays. 


Pulp Fiction ScreenplayPulp Fiction Dance Scene


The director will come up with what it looks like; it’s your job to come up with what it feels like. It’s your job to write the essential parts. Now that’s extreme, but it shows how minuscule this part of your script should be.

Example 2:

LALA Land ScreenplayLALA Land Opening Scene

Even in a musical, The entire four-minute scene is written in half a page.

4.) Describe the Whole Emotion, not the Entire Dance

When writing a dance scene, you want to give a feeling. This feeling should reflect the tone at the moment. 

The non verble comunication. 

What are the expressions and emotions your character gives off while dancing? These words are far more valuable in a dance scene than the actual move itself.  


There are no dance descriptions even written just about the emotion the protagonist is feeling.

But what dance moves do you describe? Keep reading.

3.) Only Describe the Essential Dance Moments

What is essential? 

The broad strokes of a dance or the most crucial moment.

  • The big move for the judges.
  • The hardest part for the dancer to pull off. 
  • The moment of significantly heightened emotion. 

If you watch movies, every dance scene has one. And if you read the screenplays, the writer usually writes only that part. 

4.) Use Vivid Action Words

How do you describe dance in words? Don’t use dance terminology unless your writing about some Olympic or sporting event. Or if the term is being used in dialogue. 

We can talk about what you don’t do because there aren’t firm rules on what you should do when it comes to creativity. 

But generally use words that paint a picture. The image you give with your words is all that matters. 


Don’t write this

She jumps

Write this

She leaps

or better yet

She floats in the air. 

Think about it everyone jumps basketball players, kids on the playground. But “floating” paints a picture of grace I can see. It’s specific to a ballerina or contemporary dance. 

Example 2:

Don’t write:

She dances with her hands up.


Her hands held rollercoaster high, raging to the beat of the drum.

I’m trying to describe dancing in a club or a Rave. 

Since we are trying not to bore the reader with too many details, we have to paint an image with the words we know. Think what type of jump it was? Basic terms will not work when describing a dance. You have to think harder than that. 

5.) Break Up More Extended Scenes with Dialogue

Dialogue is a great way to break up any action, including dance. It stops your dance scene from being two-wordy and keeps the reader engaged. 

I think about the Mr. and misses smith dance scene. This scene is quite long, but what keeps it intresting is the antiques and wordplay from both assassins trying to get the upper hand during the dance.  


Mr. and Mrs. Smith Dance Scene

6.) Know the Steaks of the Dance Scene

Who wins or loses. 

Not purely speaking from a competition sense but ask yourself:

  • What do we find out about the protagonist?
  • What questions do we have after the scene?

The actions your character takes during the dance scene speak volumes. 

Just like the Mr. and Mrs. Smith example above, we can tell by the conversation they don’t trust each other, but by the end, we find out that maybe in their marriage, real feelings were involved. 

Find out the steaks of the scene, who wins and who loses based on the result of the scene. 

If you noticed, this isn’t much of a Dance scene thing but how to write a scene in general because every scene must have these things.  

This brings me to my second to the last point. 

7.) What do we Discover as a Result of the Dance Scene? 

There has to be an end goal of discovery. If not, it doesn’t matter how amazing your wordplay is or your character’s actions.

By looking at your story from a birds-eye view, a skilled reader will know you have no idea what you’re doing.


LALA Land SceenplayLALA Land Dance Scene

8. Reference the Sound

Sound is just as big a part of a dance scene as the physical movement is, so don’t hesitate to engage more of the readers’ senses by referencing the sounds that the viewer will hear in the scene, such as the music or, like in this scene from Black Swan, the way that the music ends.


In this post, you learned:

What not to do when writing dance scenes just as much as what to do. 

  • Tell the reader the type of dance upfront. 
  • Keep them short—preferably short, punchy sentences.
  • Emotion trumps actions.
  • Never use dance terminology. It confuses the reader. 
  • Have a point ot the dance scene.

Now its time to hear from you:

Did I miss anything?

How have you seen dance scenes written in screenplays?

Whatever your answers are, let’s hear them in the comments below. 

Happy writing. 

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How to properly dance to club music in a discotheque


Dance is body language, and dancing in a club is the only way to draw attention to yourself with the help of this language, because in the crowd and noise it is impossible to talk differently. Steps, turns, tilts, jumps - in the light of strobe lights look spectacular when performed with skill. And it’s not at all difficult to learn them if you follow the advice of professionals and study in a dance studio. New faces are always welcome at Laboca!

A bit about clubs

In order to understand how beautiful it is to move to modern club music, it is worth remembering a little about the history of this direction. The first nightclubs began to open in the 80s of the last century. They constantly gathered young people who demonstrated the latest innovations in dance elements on the dance floor. Therefore, the fashion for movement was constantly changing, and eventually turned into a mix of several styles. So for several decades, a whole club culture has developed, which you need to familiarize yourself with before entering the dance floor. The surge in popularity of club dancing led to the opening of special groups in dance schools and made everyone understand that this direction is worth learning.

The main thing is emotions!

Club dances are distinguished by the fact that they should be comprehended with an emotional component. Only a relaxed, flexible and ready to improvise person will move effectively on the dance floor. The main means of expressiveness of club dance are plasticity, keeping pace, impromptu and stylish appearance. If you were able to discard all the complexes and are ready to relax on the dance floor, consider that you have already received the first lesson in club dancing.

Before deciding how to dance to club music in a disco, choose your key style. Strip plastic, street jazz, hip-hop, go-go, or maybe disco? True, in order to move freely on the dance floor, a beginner dancer will have to master the basic elements of all these directions, and at the same time learn how to combine them with club music, while getting real pleasure from dancing. Pure improvisation, video lessons or classes at a dance school - you choose. But it is worth noting that several master classes in a professional studio will significantly save your time and effort.

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Club movements

Club dance implies no restrictions, looseness and freedom. Movements are performed gently, smoothly, with a small amplitude. There are no complex elements, high jumps, flips and splits. Low slopes are also not welcome, they look vulgar. But different types of swing always look good. To master the basic swing, you should start by shaking your head to the beat of the music. Then beat the rhythm with your hand or foot, and then move on to springy movements with the whole body. Swinging the torso is performed by tilting the body forward and backward, and swinging with the help of the knees - by bending and unbending the legs to the music and connecting the foot: at the expense of "and" move the socks, pushing the heels away, on "one" - rest on the heels and spread the socks .

Don't forget your hands. Movements should look stylish, but at the same time remain safe, after all, you have to dance on the dance floor: one awkward movement with your elbow - and your neighbor is knocked out. Therefore, the elbows should be kept close to the body, and the shoulders should be moved mainly. Try to sharply raise and lower your shoulders to the beat of the music, repeating the same movements with your hands. Now add the head, body and legs. Of course, you are not the king of the dance floor yet, but you are already moving in the right direction.

Another move with the hands - the movement of the pharaoh.

Place your right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right. To the beat of the music - for "one-two" hands are crossed. Further, the girl can unhook her hands and smoothly lower them to her hips, and the young man can open his hands and put his thumbs on the shoulders of the corresponding hands. On "four", stretch your arms forward, leaving all fingers bent, except for the thumb and forefinger.

The most versatile movement of the arms is to move them behind the head so that the elbows are parallel to each other. Girls can continue the element by performing a wave with the whole body, and young people can lower their head down, thereby drawing attention to their legs.

On the dance floor, do not perform amplitude movements with arms and legs, push and move ambiguously, if the desire to attract the attention of the opposite sex is not in the first place. The abundance of waves with the hips and the movements of the hands stroking themselves do not look like flirting, but rather give a very clear signal to action to other party participants.

Spectacular appearance

Time spent on the dance floor will be much more pleasant for you if you are satisfied with yourself. To feel more confident, it is important not only to master the basic movements of club dances, but also to look spectacular. Choose your best "bow", which will not hinder movement and reveal unnecessary fragments of the body, but will most favorably show you in the light of strobe lights. Comfortable shoes, stylish clothes, perfect make-up and a neat hairstyle are already half the success on the club parquet. The rest will be done for you by a great mood and dance!

Video of modern dances

Dubravina Olga, Ryzhov Dmitry. HIP HOP

Hip Hop. Olga Dubravina, Dmitry Ryzhov.

How to dance in a club?

How to dance in a club?

Have you thought about what your dance looks like? Do you know what other people think of him? A party is an arena for playing and flirting, a theater show. This is a world where, behind the masks of vivid images, the truth is not easy to find out, but it can always be seen in the way a person moves and how he positions himself. The thing is, movements tell more than words. Each action is accompanied by a stream of non-verbal information that only the lazy do not see.

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A party is probably one of the few reasons to look your best! But it just so happened that in the understanding of modern youth, a club party is a fashion parade, a glamorous exhibition. They took care of everything: clean-shaven, sweetly perfumed, polished, varnished, pedicured, but no one asked himself the question “How to dance in a club?”. Few people even remember that they actually got together at a dance event.

“Is it nice to dance? What for? I will stand at the bar with a glass of champagne, I will twitch my legs, pretending that I will finish my drink right now - and I will start dancing! ”And now half of the club is standing at the bar, clutching a glass, dancing on one knee.

The general short-sightedness is striking: everyone is so preoccupied with appearance, but they have not even thought about how to dance properly in a club. The most "bomb" movement at the top of the dance hit parade is a dull marking time, and even then not in rhythm. With all the secular splendor, what happens on the dance floor is a complete failure.

As soon as you start dancing, the bohemian image disintegrates and the carriage turns into a pumpkin. It's frustrating to see charming people who move terribly. It's like giving a child a candy box with nothing in it.

In fact, club culture should stimulate and develop dance culture, but this does not happen. It is in the clubs that dance is in decline. And therein lies the paradox. Clubbers are saved only by solidarity: almost everyone dances out of the ordinary badly and, therefore, this is, as it were, normal. But nobody talks about it. As if there is an unspoken rule - "you dare to say how I dance - and I will tell you who you are."

We affirm that it is necessary for everyone to know how to dance in a club at a primitive level. In this age where information is readily available, it is a serious omission to consider yourself advanced and cool without having banal dancing skills.

Answer honestly to yourself the question: “Do you dance well?”. Do you understand that dance picturesquely tells something about you that you would hardly like to say about yourself? By the way you move, you can get an idea of ​​the following:

  • what kind of physical shape you are
  • which muscles are atrophied, which are tight, how constrained you are
  • how confident are you
  • how are things with your style and taste, etc.

It is not surprising that today many people "do not like" to dance. And they do it right: If you want to look beautiful, freeze and don't move! Or learn to be beautiful in motion.
But it happens to meet real beauties. People who look cool and dance well delight and deliver true aesthetic pleasure. It is with such characters that you want to communicate, they often turn out to be really interesting. Looking at them, it seems that they have a special talent. But few people wondered if it could be developed.

What qualities do you need to have in order to arouse the interest of others at a party?

1. Pleasant appearance, interesting image.

2. Positive mood, manners and delivery.

3. Stylish dance.

There is no problem to dress up and smile. But it is impossible to dance smoothly if you do not have a special skill or you are not a natural talent. So, you want to be attractive at the party? There is a solution.

Imagine movements that are comfortable and comfortable for the body. They are universal, suitable for any music, look beautiful with any physique. They are simple, easy to learn and remember, they are not forgotten over time. They can be danced cyclically - due to their balance, they do not bother and look cool, no matter how much they are danced. All of them are easily combined with each other, you can improvise on them. No need to memorize sequences of movements - each part of the body dances separate movements in its own mode. You don't look like you went to dance school. It seems as if you are mobile by nature.

This is not a myth. This is reality. Such movements form the basis of Modern Dance. Learning to dance club dances can be the same as learning to read or write. You do not need to walk for six months and memorize a certain dance. All you need is to master a few simple harmonious movements, bring them to automatism and learn how to switch from one to another. This simplest solution gives great opportunities: frees up attention and allows you to communicate in the process of dancing, while the body dances by itself. You don't think about how to pronounce sounds when you speak? ... The same thing happens with the body. It has mastered the "language" and can communicate freely.

No more worrying about how you move. Knowing your dance technique, you know for sure that you look cool. Possession of dance technique liberates your body, stiffness and stiffness of movements disappear. Agree, this way you will look more confident and attractive.

There are things that are timeless and fashionable. These are the laws and principles of the structure of the body and how it moves in space. Fashion and style are a fleeting breath of wind in the context of time. The fundamental foundations of biomechanics (how the body works) are the very essence of movement, the core of dance. Eternal, immutable, unconditional. To learn how to dance correctly in a club, primitive knowledge about how you are arranged is enough: how to get into the rhythm with your whole body, how to beat melodies through plasticity, how to simultaneously perform different movements with different parts of the body, how to give them the properties of sound, which is most important in dance, what can you do without?

Answers to these questions and how to learn how to dance club dances, we tell in our classes. What we teach is unique. It took us more than twenty years to synthesize the essence of modern club dance, the seed capable of growing masterpieces. In a few lessons, your idea of ​​​​dance will turn over, you move in a fundamentally different way. The basics of dance will solve not only the problem of how to dance in a club, but also how to dance at a corporate party, holiday, karaoke, in a bar. Moreover, even in life you will move and look different.

Understanding the essence of movement opens up a new dimension for us. You will learn how to dance club dances as quickly as possible. The speed of your learning depends on two parameters: the physical condition at the current moment and how quickly you assimilate information. We will be able to give a more accurate forecast of your success after the first introductory session, in which we talk about the tasks and priorities in training, explain the strategy and plan. In the introductory lesson, you receive personal recommendations to speed up the process and get the result as quickly as possible. Your world will turn upside down. Enough desire, special training is not needed.

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