How to do the wop line dance

Examples Of "The Wop" Line Dances and "Da Wop" Line Dances

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases selected line dances to J. Dash's 2007 song "The Wop" and 2012 Lil Chuckee's song "Da Wop". Information about the musical term "wop" when used as a referent for a dance, music lyrics, and record titles is also given in this post. In addition, links to the video examples of the 1980s-1990s "Wop" dance are also provided in this post.

This post also provides a general description of African American line dancing (which is also referred to as "soul line dancing).

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The term "Wop" in the 1980s/1990s dance "The Wop", the song 2007 titled "The Wop" and the 2012 song titled "Da Wop" probably all come from the syllable "wop" that is used to as a referent for and lyrics in the ub-section of Rhythm & Blues music called "Doo-Wop". In that music the syllables "doo wop" are used to imitate the sound of bass instrumental music.

...["Doo Wop" is] "both a description and category for R&B vocal group harmony.

From the outset, singers gathered on street corners, and in subways, generally in groups of three to six. They sang a cappella arrangements, and used wordless onomatopeia to mimic instruments since instruments were little used: the bass singing "bom-bom-bom", a guitar rendered as "shang-a-lang" and brass riffs as "dooooo -wop-wop".
Little Richard's now classic song "Tutti Frutti" is among other 1950s Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll songs that include the syllable "wop". The refrain to that song is "Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom!" although in earlier versions of that song Little Richard sang it as "Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam bam!" (

That said, the syllable "wop" may have been used then and may be used now simply because of its percussive sound, and the images it can evoke of forcefully flinging something (such as your hips and butt) from side to side.

It should be noted that the use of the syllable "wop" as a referent to a form of R&B music and as titles to R&B dances or songs have nothing whatsoever to do with the pejorative term "Wops".

"The Wop" (sometimes spelled "the whop") was a R&B/Hip-Hop dance from the 1980s-1990s. Dancers did "the Wop" to any song whose beat they felt worked with those movements. Click for video examples of that old school dance (Video Examples #1 and #Video Example #5)

"The Wop" is also the title of a 2007 Hip-Hop song that was recorded by J. Dash. That record appears to be frequently used for particular examples of choreographed line dances which have similar moves.*

"Da Wop" is the title of a Hip-Hop song that record that was recorded by a sixteen year old New Orleans, Louisiana rapper whose stage name is "Lil [Little] Chuckee". "Da" here is a Hip-Hop languaing way of saying "the". There are multiple versions of the "Da Wop" record including "explicit", "clean", and "instrumental". The record "Da Wop" may be used as a line dance*, but it appears that people usually dance "the Twerk" to this record.

"Clean" versions of both of these songs are found as background to the selected examples of the line dances that are showcased in this post. Line dances to both of these records appear to still be performed to date.(2014).

*"Line dances" are choreographed dances that are performed by groups of people who stand in horizontal lines. African Americans usually perform line dances to slow or fast R&B music and to R&B/Hip-Hop musicHip-Hop music. African American line dances are also performed to Rock & Roll music and to Gospel music. One characteristic feature of line dances is that females and males and people of all ages can & often do perform those dances together. In addition to line dance classes, these types of dances are frequently performed at wedding receptions, adult birthday parties, high school and college graduation parties, nightclubs, at exercise classes, at social gatherings devoted to line dancing, and at other types of social events. Non-African Americans also perform R&B/Hip-Hop line dances and other types of line dances (for instance, to Country & Western music) at the same types of venues.

These videos are posted in chronological order with the videos with the oldest dates posted first.

Example #1: How To Do The Wop (Official Version) *****WOP & NEW ALBUM now on iTunes & Amazon!!!

Stereofame, Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009

Example #2: WOP CONTEST

TheDiiVABABii's channel, Uploaded on Jan 3, 2012


Example #3: J. Dash - WOP Official Video

BeatKiller98, Published on May 3, 2012


Example #4: 5 Star May Workshop - W. O.P.

Tempestt Boone, Published on May 29, 2012

5 Star Instructions Line Dance Group monthly workshop held in Hampton Va
Wop Line Dance created by Benita Stewart-Rucker

Music by J Dash- Wop
Click for another version of a line dance that is performed to this record.

These videos are posted in chronological order with the videos with the oldest dates posted first.

Example #1: Little Richard Line Dance

Wendy Jones, Published on May 8, 2013
Stepabovetherest [Omaha, Nebraska]

Lil Chuckee's Da Wop

Example #2: Line Dance Da wop/Drop

Dawn Avery, Published on Jul 14, 2013
Dancin Deeva's doing "Da wop/Drop" at the Phoenix 70s party

Example #3: Stand routines - Choreographer Dee Perkins [cheerleading "stand" routine]

HBCUDance, Published on Mar 19, 2013
This video is from a cheerleading workshop that preceded the 2013 try-outs that were held the following day for the Albany State University's cheerleading (dance) squad.
Click for additional examples of these stand routines

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My Choreography - Line Dancing With Frank Trace in Canton and Massillon

Step Sheet Video Description
3D (Dance Disco Dance)

32 count, 4 wall Beginner level line dance. Music is "Give It Up" by Cyndi Lauper.
A WONDERFUL TIME A 32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance done to a great gospel song "A Wonderful Time Up There by Pat Boone.
ADAPTABLE This Easy Intermediate Level Dance was my first piece of choreography and reached the #1 spot on the Kickit web site's "Most Taught" line dance chart.  It also placed first in 2007 at the JG2 Line Dance Marathon Choreographer's Competition.
AFTER THE RAIN  VIDEO 32 count, 2 wall Improver level line dance. No tags or restarts. Music; "Because Of You" by 98 Degrees. 
ALRIGHT GIRL This is a four wall Beginner line dance done to a great song by Huey Lewis and the News called "But It's Alright".
AMAZING HEART A 32 count, 4 wall Easy Intermediate Line Dance with one restart. Music is “Crazy Amazing” by V. V. Brown


VIDEO 32 count, 4 wall Beginner level line dance done to "Back and Forth" by Cameo.
BEST THING This Improver level 64 count, 4 wall line dance is done to a song by Ricky Martin & Joss Stone called "The Best Thing About Me Is You".
BETTER & BETTER 32 count, 4 wall, 1 easy restart, Beginner level dance. Fun pop music by Kylie Minoque called “Better Than Today”.
BOUNCE BOUNCE A 32 count, 4 wall, Beginner level line dance. Music is “Crystallized” by Kim Sozzi.
BRAZIL A 32 count, two wall dance done to "Brazil" by Bellini. The fun music has an up tempo Latin beat.
BUZZ ME This is a 32 count, 2 wall Beginner Level line dance with one easy restart. Music is done by Huey Lewis and The New, “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz”.
CAN YOU 2 STEP This is a 32 count, 4 wall, High Beginner country line dance. Music is “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down” by Teea Goans. This dance works well with a variety of up tempo 2 Step songs.
CLOSER WALK WITH THEE   VIDEO 32 count, 4 wall Absolute Beginner dance. Music is "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" by Scooter Lee.  
COOL JAZZ 32 count 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music; You Don't Know That Your Lonely by Spencer Day.
COOLER THAN ME This 4 wall Beginner line dance is done to "Cooler Than Me' by Mike Posner. Country alternative music is "Cricket On A Line" by Colt Ford.

32 count, 4 wall Beginner country line dance. Music; "Boom Boom" by Lucas Hoge

32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music is "Quiero Enamorarme" by Aymee Nuviola.
COUNTRY LOUD 32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music is “Loud” by country artist Jody Direen.
DANCE MAN 32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music; I Just Want To Dance With You by Bang-O-Rama. 
DANCING IN THE STREET 32 count, 4 wall, Beginner line dance done to “Dancing In The Street” by David Bowie & Mick Jagger.
DID YOU SEE ME 32 count, 4 wall High Beginner line dance choreographed with my friend Judy Cain. The music is "'Did You See Me Coming" by The Pet Shop Boys.
DON'T WANNA DANCE 32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music is "You Don't Wanna Dance" by Theo X.
DOWN THE ROAD APIECE 48 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music is "Down The Road Apiece" by Johan Blohm & The Refreshments.
DRINKIN' WINE The winning line dance from the Pro Team Choreography Competition at Windy City (2011), By Michael Barr, Gerard Murphy and Frank Trace (Team USA / Canada). 64 count, 4 wall, phrased  Intermediate Dance. Music is "Drinkin' Wine (Spo-Dee-o-Dee) by Nappy Brown & Kip Anderson.
DUCK SOUP 32 count, 4 wall Beginner "Swing" line dance.  It incorporates some fun steps from the swing era.  How did I come up with the name "Duck Soup"?  I saw the term "duck soup" in a World War II magazine.  There was a column dealing with slang phrases used in the war years.  I saw the term, "duck soup" and read that it meant "something done easily". I thought the name fit this easy dance.
EMERGENCY 32 count, 4 wall, Beginner line dance done to a fun energetic song called "Emergency" by Icona Pop.
EVERYTHING CHA 32 count, 4 wall, High Beginner level cha cha line dance done to a great song by Elvis Presley called “A House That Has Everything”.
EVERYTHING'S ALL RIGHT A 32 count, 4 wall Easy Intermediate Line Dance. No tag or restarts. Music is “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right” by Barry Manilow.
FEEL GOOD RUMBA An Easy Intermediate level line dance that can be done in either a smooth and slower tempo or to a fast and fun beat.
FELL IN LOVE This is a 32 count, 4 wall Beginner level line dance with one very easy tag. Music is a great country song by Jody Direen called “No Way Out”.
FLIP, FLOP & FLY This is an energetic Easy Intermediate line dance done to Big Joe Turner's "Flip, Flop & Fly". Also try "Burning Love" by Elvis Presley.
FOXY GIRL 32 count, 2 wall Beginner line dance to a fun country song called "Bad, Bad Girl" by The Derailers.
FRENCH TOAST This is a smooth 32 count Beginner level line dance done to a great song by French recording artist Charles Aznavour (known as the French Frank Sinatra). 
FUN IN THE SUN 32 count, 4 wall beginner line dance choreographed for the Fun In The Sun Workshop in Orlando, Florida. Music is "Sea Cruise" by Jimmy Buffett
GET CLOSER This is a 32 count, 4 wall Improver level line dance. Music is “Pegate Mas” by Dyland & Lenny.
GET REAL This is an easy intermediate level dance done to "Real Love" by Jody Watley. A country alternative is "Why Don't We Just Dance" by Josh Turner.
GET UP & BOOGIE This is a 32 count, 4 wall High Beginner line dance. There is one easy 4 count tag. Music is “Get Up & Boogie” by Silver Convention.
GLEEFUL WALTZ 24 count, 4 wall, Easy Beginner line dance waltz. Music is “What The World Needs Now” by Glee Cast
GO JADED 32 count, 4 wall Easy Intermediate dance choreographed with Michele Perron.   The dance to "I'm Not Contagious" by Chromeo.
GOOD DADDY JIVE A swinging 64 count, 2 wall Improver level line dance. Music is "Good Rockin' Daddy" by Marcia Ball.
HALLELUJAH HEART 32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music is by Scooter Lee. The song is called “Hallelujah In My Heart” off her new Gospel CD.
HAPPY IN LOVE 64 count, 2 wall, Easy Intermediate line dance. No tags or restarts. Music is “I Don’t Like it, I Love It” by Flo Rida
HAPPY RADIO 32 count, 4 wall, Beginner Level Dance choreographed to a fun song from the "Disco Era" called "H. A. P. P. Y. Radio" by Edwin Starr.
HEY This is a 4 wall Easy Intermediate line dance to a great country song by Blake Shelton called "Hey".
HOLLER OH BABE 32 count, 4 wall, Beginner level dance. Music is a big band swing song by Lily Wilde and Her Jumpin’ Jubilee Orchestra called “Oh Babe”.
HONEY BEE BOOGIE A 64 count, 4 wall Improver line dance choreographed by Jo Thompson Szymanski, Jamie Marshall & Frank Trace. Music is “Here On the Farm” (Honeybee Song) by Scooter Lee.
HUGGABLE This is a 32 count, 2 wall Beginner line dance. Music is “Lucky To Be Loving You” by North 40.
HURRY LOVE 32 count, 4 wall Beginner Line Dance. Music is a country style version of "You Can't Hurry Love" by Bette Midler.

32 count,4 wall Beginner line dance. Done to an up tempo pop dance song called “Jealous” by Chromio.
I LOVED YOU MORE 32 count, 2 wall, Beginner line dance. One easy restart at the front wall. Music is “I Loved You “ by Blonde
I STARTED A JOKE A smooth Easy Intermediate 32 count, 2 wall line dance. Music is the classic song, “I Started A Joke” revised by the Pet Shop Boys.
I WANNA This is a 64 count, 4 wall Intermediate line dance choreographed by Michael Barr, Gerard Murphy and Frank Trace.
JENNY LEE 32 count, 4 wall Beginner Level Dance that goes to a song called  "Jenny Lee" by Jason Allen. 
LITTLE CUPID 32 count, 2 wall Absolute Beginner line dance. Music is "Cupid" by Johnny Rivers.
LITTLE CHARLESTON 32 count, 2 wall Beginner line dance. Music is "Clap Your Hands" by Parov Stelar. Step sheet as more music suggestions. 
LOVE LETTER WALTZ This is a 4 wall Improver level line dance waltz.  Music is "Love Letters" by Elton John & Bonnie Raitt.  This is a beautiful and familiar song.
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME This is a 64 count, 4 wall Easy Intermediate level line dance. Music is “Love Me Or Leave Me” by Rod Stewart.
MAKIN'IT 32 count, High Beginner dance. Done to a happy song from the "Disco Era" called "Makin' It by David Naughton.
MAME This is an Easy Intermediate 64 count, 2 wall line dance done to the song Mame by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Great for demo teams.
MAMMA MARIA This is the Flash Mob video of Mamma Maria as done at the Canton Italian American Festival.
MAMMA MARIA This is an "ultra-beginner" line dance that can be done to a variety of music. Choreographed to  "Mamma Maria" by Riccho E Poveri. Also danced to "Pokerface" by Lady GaGa. This dance was a "Crystal Boot Award" winner in both 2009 and 2010.
MARTINI TIME This is a 64 count, 2 wall Impover level Line dance. Wonderful Latin music by Pink Martini “Donde Estas Yolanda?”
MARVELOUS This is a 32 count, 4 wall High Beginner line dance. Music is “Too Marvelous For Words” by Frank Sinatra.
MAYBE BABY This is a 32 count, 4 wall easy Beginner line dance. Great classic song "Maybe Baby" by Justin Townes Earle.
MIDNIGHT WALK This is a 32 count, 4 wall Beginner dance. Music is "Walkin' After Midnight" by Cyndi Lauper.
MORE LOVE 32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance to a great up tempo pop dance song by David Guetta called "Just A Little More Love".
MOVING HIPS 32 count, 4 wall, Beginner line dance. Done to "Fireball" by Pitbull. Also done to "Moviendo Caderas" by Yandel & Daddy Yankee.


This is an "ultra-beginner" 2 wall line dance. Choreographed with Jo Thompson-Szymanski.
May be danced to "Mr. Santa" or "Mr. Sandman both song by Nancy Hays and the Heffernans.

32 Count, 4 Wall, Beginner country Line Dance. Music Ms Marianne by Levon.

This is a 48 count 4 wall Easy Intermediate line dance. No tags or restarts. Music is “Night Life Boogie” by The J Street Jumpers.
PASS THE SAUSAGE 32 count, 4 wall, Improver line dance. No tags or restarts. Music is “I Don’t Want Love” by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

32 count, 2 wall Beginner line dance. Music is "Pump Up The Jam" by Swingrowers
RING ON YOUR FINGER This is a 32 count, 4 wall Beginner country line dance. Music is “Ring On Your Finger” by Hudson Moore.
SAG, DRAG & FALL A tribute to the "Rockabilly" sound of the 50's. Beginner level, 32 count, 4 wall dance to "Sag, Drag & Fall" by Sid King & The Five Strings.


32 count, 4 wall Beginner level line dance. Music is a great country song called “Shotgun Rider” by Neal McCoy.


32 count, 4 wall Improver line dance. One easy tag at the front wall. Fun upbeat Latin music. "Bailemos" by Yoel. 
SMELLS LIKE TROUBLE 32 count, 4 wall, Funky Style Beginner line dance done to “Trouble” by Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson.


32 count, 4 wall Beginner line dance. Music is a soulful version of "Stand By Your Man" by Candi Staton. 
STEP OFF 32 count, 4 wall easy beginner line dance. There is an easy tag at front wall. Music is “Step Off” by Kacey Musgraves.
SUMMER IS MAGIC 32 count 4 wall, Beginner line dance. Co-Choreographed with John Robinson.
SWEET PEA 32 counts, 2 walls, Beginner line dance. Music is “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee. For a fun funky feel try "Come Get It Bae" by Pharell Williams.
TELL HIM THAT This is a 32 count , 4 wall Beginner level line dance. Music is a remake of a pop song from the 60’s called “Tell Him” from the Glee Cast.
THE MAJESTIC This is a very easy one wall, 32 count Beginner line dance. This is a perfect dance for true Beginner Dancers. My beginner students picked it up quickly. Music is a great fun Doo-Wop song by Dion called “The Majestic”.



48 Count, one wall, Improver line dance waltz. Music "1, 2, 3, Too Many Times" by Nancy Hays.
UNDEFEATED 64 count, 4 wall Intermediate line dance. Choreographed with Amy Christian & Michael Diven. Music is “Undefeated” by Jason Derulo.
VOLARE A one wall High Beginner line dance to Volare" by Bobby Rydell. This dance would make a great demo routine.
WE BE JAMMIN' 32 count, 4 wall, High Beginner line dance done to “Lean On Me” by Club Nuevo.
WHEN I WAS A BOY 32 Count, 2 wall Intermediate line dance. One restart. Done to “When I Was A Boy” by the Electric Light Orchestra.

44 count, one wall, Easy Intermediate line dance. Music is "Why Me" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

How to learn to dance: video lessons for those who are not afraid to try

January 28, 2017LikbezSports and Fitness

If you decide to learn how to dance, do not delay. Just repeat after the instructors the basic movements of modern, street, ballroom and social dances.

Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, CCM



Answers to the main questions

Is it difficult to learn to dance?

It's really no more difficult than anything you're new to. Dance directions are very different from each other. Even if you have mastered one of them, it will be unusual for you to do the other.

However, all dances are connected with the ability to control one's body. And if this is not new to you (for example, you were engaged in martial arts, gymnastics, swimming, and even more so dancing), it will be easier for you to adapt to new movements than a beginner who is not friendly with his body.

Even if you have a fairly wooden body, you should not despair. The secret of success is constant practice.

Learning to dance from video lessons is more difficult than from courses. If your body is flexible and obedient, you can still do something similar to the movements of the instructor from the video. If not, you can quickly become disillusioned with dancing: the difference between what is shown in the video and what you will see in the mirror will be too strong.

Still worth a try. At least in order to determine the appropriate direction.

How many times a week do you dance?

Muscles may be sore at first after exercise. But, unlike strength training or running, the body does not require a recovery period.

Therefore, you can safely practice dancing all the time. One of my teachers said to dance 25 hours a day. In any case, the more you dance, the more noticeable the progress.

How to learn how to dance modern dances

From this direction we have chosen three types that can often be found in the schedules of fitness clubs and dance schools. And the first - plastic and insanely beautiful contemporary.


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Contemporary combines elements of modern jazz, yoga and martial arts, seasoned with improvisation and attention to breathing. This is freedom and plasticity - the natural beauty of movement.

Here is a clip with a contemporary combination. Give it a try, just be sure to warm up and stretch well before you teach.

And here is the second part:

By the way, about the warm-up. In the video below - a full lesson with a warm-up, stretching and analysis of the combination. In English, but everything is clear and without translation.

If you do not have time to repeat or consider how some movement is done, set the speed to 0.25.

If you like combinations but can't repeat them yet, here are some more videos of routine contemporary lessons.

You will most likely have to do the same in the dance school before you can perform beautiful combinations.

Strip plastic

Many people confuse pole exercises and strip plastic. The second is just a sensual dance that can be performed without a pole.

Doing strip plastic, you will not stand at the barre and pull the toe. Everything here is based on the natural sexuality of the female body. Of course, many teachers diversify strip plastic with elements of contemporary or modern, Latin American dances and other areas, but it all depends on the teacher.

How beautiful your dance will look again depends on how well you know how to control your body, how mobile your joints are and how stretched your muscles and tendons are.

In the video below there is an analysis of the combination. Not too simple, but very sensual and beautiful. And you don't have to move on the floor, so your knees don't get hurt.

And here is a playlist with strip plastic lessons from different dance schools. There are both individual movements and combinations.

And one more, simpler combination. Try it if the first one doesn't work.

Belly dance (bellydance)


This is a sensual and beautiful dance that, among other things, helps to develop plasticity and even get rid of some health problems.

There are a lot of belly dance lessons on YouTube. Below are some of them.

The basic movements are explained here very clearly:

And the second part:

Below is a playlist with five lessons for beginners from another teacher.

How to learn to dance street dance


Hip-hop has only been around for about 50 years. But during this time, many trends and styles have appeared, with different elements, plasticity, and special features.

In addition, modern hip-hop is often complemented by movements from other dance styles, which provides even richer vocabulary and original combinations.

But before you come up with your own combinations, you need to master the basics. In the playlist below you will find basic moves, steps and many combinations. They explain everything in an accessible way. If you can't make it, slow down the video speed.

The next big playlist videos explain the concepts of inertia, manipulation and isolation in hip-hop. There's also a story about improvisation, battle behavior if you're up for it, and a few variations of ground hip-hop moves (on the floor) to diversify your combinations.



Breakdancing consists of different elements: tricks and power movements on the floor, waves, fixations, and also changes in the levels at which the dance is performed.

Here on this channel there is training in different styles: Waving, King Tut, Robot, - analysis of the technique of power elements and basic movements at different levels.

Below is a video detailing the 6 steps element from Footwork.

And here you can see how the "turtle" is performed.

Here is a voluminous playlist, which contains quite a lot of breakdance elements with a detailed analysis of the technique of dance and strength elements.


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Sexy dance in which you need to actively work the buttocks, hips, stomach and arms. In this playlist you will find several lessons with analysis of twerk movements.

How to learn to dance ballroom dancing


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At least once in your life, you will surely need a waltz. Moreover, it is not so difficult to dance it at an amateur level.

Here are four good lessons that will teach you how to hold your hands and do the basic waltz steps in pairs or individually.

How to learn to dance social dances

Social dances are not designed for competition, but for communication between partners and enjoyment. Improvisation is welcome here, through which the dancer can express himself, his feelings and emotions.


This dance comes from the Dominican Republic. He is very sensual and sometimes erotic. The basis of bachata is four steps with an emphasis on the last one. In the dance, there are rotations and throws of the partner, small lifts.

Despite the fact that bachata is a pair dance, solo combinations can also be taught. For example, if you don't have a partner yet.

In the video below - an overview of the main steps. Where to transfer body weight, how to hold hands, how to focus - everything is told in the most detailed way.

And here is a variation of bachata from the same teacher.

Below is a playlist for those who want to dance bachata together. These are Dominican bachata lessons from the Imagine dance school.


This is a passionate couple dance from Africa, more specifically from Angola. Now it is performed all over the world and is especially popular in France and Portugal.

Steps, lots of hip work and close contact with partner. Sometimes very tight. For example, in the style of tarraxinha, a slower and more sensual version of this social dance.

Here is a playlist of kizomba lessons.

And another playlist with videos from another dance studio.

That's it. If you have favorite tutorial videos, share them in the comments to the article.
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12 life hacks to quickly learn how to dance from Mamita Dance


Author: Pavel Sobiray
psychologist, teacher of salsa and tango


Author: Pavel Sobiray
psychologist, teacher of salsa 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 fact of attending pair dance classes 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 both 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 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 pair 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.

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