How to do awesome dance moves
10 Basic Dance Moves Anyone Can Learn
Do you ever watch someone dance and wonder how they come up with moves so easily?
Great dancers often master a specific set of moves that they can fall back on again and again.
Read on for 10 basic dance moves you can learn in minutes and use every time you wanna dance.
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1. The Two-Step
When I first started dancing at parties, the Two-Step was the first move that truly came naturally to me.
It really is as simple as stepping from side to side to the beat!
If you're looking for something foolproof that allows you to just groove and enjoy the music...
Boom. Here it is.
2. The Monestary
This move was born in a club called Monestary out in St. Louis!
It’s built on a Two-Step, so if you took that class, you’ve already got a foundation for the footwork.
But rather than bringing your feet together, you’ll tap them to the front with your knee and foot turned inward.
Then, as you tap the feet, you’ll move your arms and shoulders in a circular movement.
3. Booty Pop (Side To Side)
Like the Woah, this sexy move is super TikTok-friendly – but with more feminine energy.
To do a booty pop to the side, you’re gonna bend your knees, put your hands on one knee, and then bring the other leg from bent to straight while turning your knee inward.
If you’re a long-haired baddie, be sure to keep all your hair on one side so it doesn’t flop in your face as you pop!
Read this article on How To Dance Sexy to get more tips on pulling off moves like this one!
4. The Billy Bounce
Surprise – this club-ready move is built on… a bounce!
But what makes it unique is that your knees will come inward on each bounce rather than just up and down.
Once you’ve got the funky lil knee bounce down, you’ll add in an upward kick on each side.
The best thing about this move is that while the footwork takes a few minutes to learn, you don’t necessarily need to add an arm movement to make it look cool.
Just keep your arms front and center.
5. The Woah
Even if you’re not actively involved in the dance community, you’ve probably seen people hitting the Woah – on TikTok, Reels... all over your newsfeed!
Whether you wanna make a viral video of your own, or you’re just looking for a fun, basic dance move to pull out at the clerb, this one is too good not to learn.
Since the locking arm motion is so sharp and pronounced, use the Woah to accent the heaviest bass beats in your favorite songs.
6. The Dougie
Yes, the Dougie is a real dance move!
Like the Two-Step, you’ll be shifting your weight from side to side, but this time, adding some shoulder movements and a lil more attitude.
Try this one out to some songs other than the one that made it famous – you’ll find it works with any hype beat.
7. Scoop Arm Into Hip Sway
Sooo this one is more of combo than a move, but it only takes a few minutes to learn and it works with any fun sassy song…
So it deserves to be here, ok?!
For this move, you’re gonna scoop your arm across your chest, then bring it over your head, and finally point it in front of your chest.
Once you point the arm in front of you, you’ll sway your hips from side to side and groove it out.
8. The Bust Down
The Bust Down was popularized by LA rapper, Blueface, in his 2019 club jam “Thotiana”.
You’re gonna grab your belt, put one arm in the air, and allow your body to dip with the beat.
Note: Licking your eyebrows like Blueface is fun, but not required. 😛
9. The Biz Markie
The Biz Markie is an old school party dance inspired by, you guessed it, rapper Biz Markie!
It rose to popularity in the 90s, when Biz Markie himself began performing it on stage.
As you practice it, remember to allow your shoulders to bounce – the bounce is what gives this move its cool, laidback flavor.
Wanna learn more about classic Hip Hop moves? Read this: How To Dance Hip Hop for Beginners
10. The Humpty
For this bouncy move, you’re gonna circle your hips to one side as your bend your knees.
Then, you’ll jump and cross your legs, allowing your feet to tap the floor briefly before you jump back to your original legs apart position.
Once you’ve got that down, you can complete the move by adding in a windmill motion with your arms.
The leg cross in this move makes it perfect for any Hip Hop song that features a double bass (aka that BOOM BOOM sound that you hear in songs like “Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama)
We hope you enjoyed learning some of our favorite basic dance moves.
Of course, this list is just a start!
In addition to the 10 moves on this list, STEEZY Studio has 100+ other FREE beginner classes where you can learn step-by-step from the world’s best teachers.
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Insanely Cool Dance Moves That'll Set the Stage on Fire
If you want to steal the show on a cool and happening occasion, you better teach yourself to dance. Out of so many dance forms, learning a few moves from some of them will easily do the trick!
“…Take one step left and one step right
One to the front and one to the side
Clap your hands once and clap your hands twice
And if it looks like this then you doin’ it right…”
-Mambo No. 5 ~ Lou Bega
I couldn’t agree less with what Agnes de Mille says of dancing, “To dance is to be out of yourself, larger, more powerful, more beautiful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. ” Considered to be one of the most expressive and active forms of art, dancing sums up as a fun social activity that is enjoyed by people of all age groups. Passion, practice, and perfection are essential to make a good dancer.
Whether you plan to impress that girl you have been eying, or to rock the floor at the high school dance, you ought to come up with interesting and cool moves to jazz you up. Be the attention seeker you always wish to be with these dance moves that are uber cool and suave.
D-I-S-C-O! That’s right, breakdancing evolved in the 1970s, eventually gaining popularity on the disco-front. Breakdancing, famously known as B-boying is performed to hip-hop and breakbeats. The four elements that form breaking include, toprock, downrock, power moves and freezes.
If first impressions matter, toprocking is a sure short way of creating a good first impression. Let’s just say, well begun is half done!
To perform: Start with your feet together while your arms are crossed over your chest. Then, pivot on your left foot and shift your weight on to the right foot. Simultaneously, swing your arms open to form an inclined plane. Return to initial position and repeat the movements with the other foot. Once you master the basic move, you can improvise and create a style that is uniquely you.
The most important part of b-boying, the 6-step forms the backbone of this style of dancing. The breaker has to maintain continuous ground contact for this move which means one or the other hand has to be touching the ground at all times. It is this move that helps set the momentum for other complex dance moves.
To perform: You start this move in a push-up position and bring your right leg forward and extend it in front of the left leg. Lift your left hand thus shifting your weight to the right hand and foot. Bring your left leg closer to the right leg such that it crosses at the knee. Swing the right leg in front of the right hand so that you are in the crab position. Switch hands while the left leg swings around in front of the right leg. Keep the right hand off the ground and extend your legs back into the initial position bring your right hand back down and repeat the steps.
Back Spin: Considered to be an easy move, especially if you have got the right momentum.
To perform: Lie on your right side while extending your arm above your head. Swing your left leg over your head and with a swift motion snap your right foot in the same direction over your head. Lock your feet in position by wrapping the left ankle over the right. Tuck your legs into your chest with your arms resting on your thighs so that, you curl up into a ball. This will have you spinning on your lower back.
Made popular by Michael Jackson in ‘Billie Jean’, moonwalk is one of the coolest dance techniques.
To perform: Get into position with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your right foot should be slightly ahead of the left foot in such a way that your left foot is in line with the arch of the right foot. Shift your weight to the left foot and lift the heel of the foot so that your left foot is in the tiptoe position.
Now slide the right foot back to align it with the arch of the left foot and shift the weight to the right foot. Remember, you have to keep shifting your weight to the foot that is in the tiptoe position. Besides, the foot that is flat against the ground is always the one that is moving.
The Worm: Also referred to as the dolphin, it basically replicates the movement of a worm.
To perform: Start with lying face down on the floor, bend your legs at the knees so that you have your feet up in the air. With a kicking movement, send your feet off the ground. Crunch your stomach and lift your hip off the ground, then arch your chest and straighten your hips. Get your lower body to touch the ground while you lift your upper body higher up the ground. Clap your hands on the floor for a touch down and repeat the steps all over again.
“Dance is music made visible. ” ~ George Balanchine
What do you get when you mix fun and energy together? It’s jazz, and its peculiarity lies in the individuality and improvisation of the dancer. Jack Cole is considered to be the father of ‘theatrical dance technique’. This dance technique combines various dance techniques like tap and ballet besides also incorporating African-American dance moves.
Split leap: Flexibility and strength are the required elements to perform this dance move.
To perform: Begin with your feet together and your hands to your sides. Get in to the crouching position on your toes and place your hands on the floor. Using your hands thrust yourself upwards, jump straight pushing yourself higher off the floor. Once in the air, pop your legs out to the sides so that your legs are parallel to the ground and your shoulder. Keep your toes pointed and your knees straight. Last but not the least, don’t forget to try out the different styles of split jumping.
A pattern formed by gliding to either sides, which is what gives its name chasse, which means to slide. It can be performed solo or with a partner.
To perform: Start with your feet together and the legs bent at the knees. Take a step to the right with your right leg and quickly bring your left leg close to your right with a gliding motion. Which means you step, get feet together and again step to seem like gliding on the dance floor. Repeat the steps starting with the left foot.
To perform: Start with your arms relaxed by your side and your feet together. Bend and lift your right leg forming a right angle with the floor. Lift and bend your arms with your elbows jutting to the sides, parallel to the ground. Lower your right leg while sliding your left leg backwards and leaning forwards. Lower your arms and stand on your left toe shifting the weight to the right leg. Repeat the steps with the left leg.
That’s not all! You have many more dance moves to try out from. There’s hip hop, salsa, and jive, each bringing out a different move allowing the dancer to set the stage on fire. Keep grooving!!90,000 12 life hacks, to quickly learn how to dance from Mamita Dance
Author: Pavel Gather
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa and Tango
Author: Pavel Pavel
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa
on At the start, you always want to get a quick result. When it doesn't happen, the hypothesis arises that everything takes time. After a conditionally acceptable time, humility comes to mastering pair dances, which, perhaps, is not given, and I will just do what I learned somehow.
This is the most common story of those who believe that the mere act of attending a pair dance class is enough to learn how to dance.
Absolutely not. If you want to really dance well, you have to make an effort outside of the dance class. A good teacher will definitely be needed, but the initiative should be on your side.
1. Listen to music
The most common and accessible advice that is given already in the first lessons. And it definitely works. Music creates a certain atmosphere of the dance and intuitively you want to move to it. It doesn't matter where you listen to music - in the car, on headphones while walking or doing household chores.
An addition that will help you dance better is your active participation in the music. Sing along, dance or simply beat musical accents with any free parts of the body. In the subway, for example, it is enough to tap out bright moments with your fingers, in the car to sing along with sounds, and at home you can jump for pleasure.
2. Watch videos of good dancers
It's complicated, but also obvious. It’s more difficult, because without recommendations from more experienced dancers, unfortunately, it’s not so easy to find a good quality video on the net (I mean not the resolution quality, but the content itself).
Meaningful video viewing is about building an understanding of HOW dancers make a particular impression on a partner or viewer. Technology is at the heart of everything. Understanding how the pros do it is a big step forward.
It is important to distinguish a show from a disco dance, a staged performance from an improvisation, a stylized dance from an authentic one, etc. Ask for recommendations and dance teachers will always throw off a couple of videos of worthy landmarks.
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3. Dance in salsatecas/milongas/discotheques
A very delicate moment when it is worth coming to the first party. From a technical point of view, most students in 1-3 months have a sufficient set of figures and techniques to come and dance calmly. Psychologically, the same moment can be stretched out for an indefinite time. After all, it is imperative to “not lose face”, “learn more figures” and be sure what to do in case “there is an unfamiliar movement”.
In fact, the partygoers don't really care (except for a small layer of non-professional teachers who want to help inexperienced dancers by treating them as customers in the future). It is important to come and try dancing after a month of classes. You can only with friends or guys from your group. This will be enough to feel the adrenaline and inspiration from the dance.
4. Dance with partners or partners not of your level
The conventional wisdom that you need to practice in groups of your level does not withstand the test of experience. Perhaps now your eyes widened in surprise, and you want to meaningfully read the phrase again. Yes, you saw everything correctly: when you dance with a partner of your level, you don’t grow anywhere.
It's important to understand that not only does it work one way and you have to dance with cooler dancers, but it works even more effectively the other way. It is no coincidence that teaching pair dances dramatically raises the level of the teacher himself. You have an endless stream of very beginner dancers.
How it works. A more experienced partner needs to be "stretched". It's easy and obvious. With beginners, you need to take more initiative on yourself, see the general pattern of the dance more widely, turn on and insure more, try to be an example and be more careful. The quality of interaction begins to grow significantly. And wonderful partners too.
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5. Learn to dance for a partner and for a partner
Turks and Argentines are one of the best partners in the world. In Russia, partners are highly valued. Why? The answer is simple. In Argentina and Turkey, it is not questionable for men to ask another man to lead in one piece or another and give feedback on the quality of the lead. For them, it will be a great shame to hear moralizing from a partner, or even more so to be known in the community as an insecure partner.
In Russia, due to the constant, often far-fetched, opinion that there are more women in pair dances, partners calmly get up and study their partner's part. Such partners then grow into very cool dancers and teachers. In no case do this at parties, only in class. Here we are talking only about the learning strategy. At parties, be yourself.
6. Do not memorize the links
Always try to look deeper and understand the through principle and idea of movement. Understanding what and how is done will make it possible to independently generate any sequences and chips.
Human memory is limited and there will always be a moment when something will escape and your repertoire will be limited by the size of RAM.
In Argentine tango, for example, there are seven levels of movement construction that, when mastered, will allow you to make millions of combinations. And how many dance sequences can you really remember? In rueda, more than 150 figures dance in a rare circle. It's hard to keep more in mind.
7. Develop your body
Many years of experience in teaching couple dance shows that as soon as everyone pairs up in a class, any progress in individual style ends. But it is the individual style that distinguishes everyone at the disco: partners change, and style is always with you.
The body as the main instrument of dance must be very plastic, responsive and emotional. Surprisingly, not all pair dance schools have a general physical warm-up. It is vital to tune the body and understand how it works.
You can always train extra and concentrate more on the basic steps, as their true value is as body work. The sequence of steps is, in fact, the simplest thing that can be in pair dancing. The quality of individual performance determines the craftsmanship.
8. Try on the images of inspiring dancers
A psychological life hack for those who have already mastered the steps, but still feel that there is not enough brightness and drive. Most are terribly afraid of being someone else's "clone". Here the action is the same as under the influence of hypnosis - the more you resist, the more you plunge into an altered state of consciousness.
With a high degree of probability, you are already dancing like someone else's "clone". A meaningful fitting of someone else's image is that you mentally take the image of the one who inspires you (inspiration is critical in this case) and "put on" yourself. Then you start dancing and trying to feel in general how it is to be able, for example, to be the best partner or the sexiest partner in a disco. This is much more difficult than it seems. But it works extremely efficiently.
9. Dance to offbeat music
Habitual rhythms keep you tight. Tango salon or speedy timba leave little room for experimentation and fantasy. Pattern dancing is always noticeable and is reserved for beginners.
The truly new is born outside of the usual. Look for places to experiment. If there is no place, organize self-training. The main thing is not to get carried away, because music determines the style. We bring something new to pair dances, rather than trying to change them.
Search, improvise, don’t be afraid to go beyond, develop in different directions, be inspired by music atypical for the style
10. Try your hand at basic dance directions
dances exist according to their own non-choreographic laws.
This is the deepest delusion, which has turned into a ceiling for the qualitative development of partner dances. After all, all professional dancers, for example, in salsa or bachata, build their ideas on the basic choreographic principles.
Do not think that choreography is only applicable on stage. Any meaningful movement of the body can be choreographic. In general, try classical or modern choreography. Basically, hip-hop can work too.
11. Look for battle sensations
Pair dances return us to an active position of manifestation of our body. As in the days of our ancient ancestors, we impress the members of the opposite sex by how dexterous, hardy, sexy, etc. we are. Modern laws of the jungle in the entourage of large cities.
If you look around the dance floor, it becomes clear that the majority are clearly herbivores (not in the sense of vegetarians, but in relation to those around them). I am sure that predators are always more interesting in terms of the attractiveness of the image - try to find a counterbalance among herbivores, for example, a cat woman or a lion man.
The conversation is about an internal position, not about aggressiveness. Lability and lack of control are inherent in adolescents, and not in adult self-sufficient people.
Accordingly, even a training or friendly battle gives, on the one hand, practical skills - to make a bright sequence of movements, bring an idea to a climax, show a spectacular feature, on the other hand, develops the psychological basis of the dance - self-confidence, resistance to extraneous attention, self-control and self-control in complex elements.
12. Communicate with professionals
The environment shapes the internal position. Basically, real passionaries of the dance community are ready to openly talk, discuss and support the development of dance in every possible way. Universal principles and the ideas they articulate have a much longer and more practical perspective than meets the eye.
Accept that, for example, behind the words "listen to your partner" is not only a beautiful metaphor, but also a practical skill to literally listen to your partner. At the same time, always treat every thought, even the most respected teacher, as a private opinion.
Your skill will lie in finding the scope of the idea even in conflicting opinions. Most often, the contradiction is speculative and the truth lies in the angle of perception or situationality.
Your dancing growth will stop sooner or later. This can happen at the level of three basic steps or years of experience in teaching and show performances. Regardless of your level, the suggested 12 life hacks can get you off the ground and greatly accelerate your dance growth. There is no way here without your motivation and activity. Take your dance development into your own hands. 9Ol000 Dangerous sexuality
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Twerk is just a super sexy dance that will pump your plasticity, and at the same time load your abs and back muscles well. To begin with, we will learn a few basic movements, and then we will diversify the dance vocabulary and analyze the main mistakes. And at the end you will find a bonus in the form of a playlist with suitable music.
If you have problems with the lumbar spine, exercise with caution, but rather consult your doctor.
Learn how to do the basics
Booty pop back
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width, with your toes slightly apart. Bend your knees and place your hands on your hips, turning them inward with your fingers, bend your lower back.
From this position, twist the pelvis down, and then, due to the deflection in the lower back, return it to its original position. Imagine that you are trying to reach the top of your head with your pelvis.
It is important to fix the upper back and work only on the lower back. You can not strain the gluteal muscles, otherwise the movement will turn out to be clamped.
If you have difficulty, try the lead-in exercise first. Place your hands on your hips so that your middle fingers rest on the protruding bones of the pelvis in front, and your thumbs - behind, closer to the sacrum. Bend your knees, move your pelvis down and then up, controlling the movement with your hands.
When you feel more confident, remove your hands and connect the movement with your knees. When the pelvis goes down, the knees bend, when it rises, they unbend. No need to lock the knees at the extreme point, they should remain slightly bent.
The pelvis moves back not only due to the straightening of the knees. The lower back must work.
Front booty pop
This movement is very similar to the previous one, only the emphasis is on pushing the pelvis forward rather than backward.
Set your feet wide and point your toes slightly out. You can put your hands on your hips to better feel the tilt. At the same time, bend your knees and sharply move your pelvis forward so that your butt goes down, and then bend your lower back and bring your pelvis back.
The emphasis is on the first phase of the movement, when the butt goes down. It is important at this moment not to pinch the buttocks, but to change the position of the pelvis due to the tension of the abdominal muscles.
Try other twerk moves
This element repeats the usual booty pop, only the movement of the pelvis in it is double: down-down, up-up.
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width. At the same time, turn one leg with your toe and knee out and transfer your weight to the opposite thigh. Then, with a small jump, switch sides.
First try to move slowly to get the point, then speed up. Jump relaxed.
Up down twerk
Arch your lower back and push your pelvis back. On the count of “one”, simultaneously round the lower back, bringing the pelvis forward, bend the knees and bring the shoulders forward. On the count of "two", bend your lower back and take your ass back in a semi-squat.
On the count of three, straighten your knees, round your lower back, and roll your shoulders forward. On the count of four, arch your back in the thoracic region, straightening your shoulders.
It turns out that at the lower point you bend in the lower back, and at the top - in the chest.
To feel the movement, start moving slowly. Place your feet shoulder-width apart, place your palms opposite the pelvis. In turn, touch the palms with one or the other bone of the pelvis. Accelerate gradually.
You can wobble while standing upright or bent over. Practice slowly bending over and back up as you move. Important: you should not pinch, otherwise stiffness will occur and no shaking will work.
Get into a twerk stance, lower your right thigh first and then your left thigh. Then, one by one, lift them up to their original position. At first, perform the elements slowly, with fixation at each point, and then gradually accelerate.
You can do this movement a little higher. In this case, start with a stance on straight legs in an incline. In the same way, lower the right and left hips in turn, bending the knees, and then raise the hips, straightening the legs.
Rise up on your toes and turn your heels in and out a little. Arch your lower back, try to relax your hips as much as possible.
This element can be performed in a straight position or bent over, moving both legs at once, or one at a time.
Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width, point your toes forward, tilt your body and rest your hands on your hips. Rotate your pelvis, lowering and raising it as you go.
You can do this either in a bent over position on your hips or standing up.
Start in a twerk position with your toes pointing forward. Do one regular booty pop in place, then another with the toes and knees turned out to the sides, and then the next one with them returning to a straight position.
Continue turning your toes and knees out and back, tilting your pelvis as you move.
Place your feet shoulder-width apart, rise on your toes. Pull your pelvis back a little. Move quickly from foot to foot, trying to relax your buttocks.
Raise your right leg to the side, turn it toe and knee inward. From this position, simultaneously transfer the weight to the left thigh and turn the raised leg with the toe outward. Return your foot to the floor and repeat on the other side.
Try moving in other positions
Twerk can be danced not only while standing, but also while squatting, on all fours and even upside down on your hands, with your feet resting against the wall. Try different positions - this will help diversify your dance.
This is the same booty pop, only squatting. If you don't have enough stretch to move freely in a deep squat, work on your hip mobility first.
Offset to one side
Good stretch is also required for this option. Otherwise, you will not be able to relax and move freely.
On all fours
First practice the standing element to get used to it. Raise one leg on the toe, turning it with the knee outward and at the same time leaning on the opposite thigh. Then smoothly switch sides.
Now place your palms on the floor, arch your lower back, bend your knees and lift your heels off the floor. Perform a familiar movement in a new position.
This is enough to get you started. Try, combine the movements with each other and, if something fails, correct the mistakes.
Understand why you don't get it right
There are three main reasons why instead of twerking you get some bullshit. And the size of the priests has nothing to do with it.
1. You lack flexibility
To be a good twerk dancer, you must have good mobility in your lumbar spine and hips. If flexibility is lacking, you can improve it by doing stretching exercises.
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2.You work your upper back and shoulders
All basic movements require arching in the lower back. It is due to the lower spine that you feed the pelvis back and forth. But if during booty pop you bend in the thoracic spine and connect your shoulders, the movement will not look like a twerk.
3. You're too tight
This is probably the biggest beginner's mistake, which results in a tight, wooden pelvic movement instead of sexual shaking.
Don't push yourself too hard, relax your buttocks and thighs, shake off tension from your arms and shoulders. All elements should be carried out easily and without clamps. The best way to relax and feel the movement is to turn on the music.
Pick up the music
We found a cool audio compilation that makes you want to dance to and not stop. The description on YouTube has the names of all the tracks.
And another big selection, this time from Yandex.