How to find a dance song

What Song Is This? Find and Identify Music Now

We live in a world of instant gratification. We can get food delivered to our door even if the restaurant doesn’t deliver. We can watch blockbuster films the moment they leave theaters, and sometimes even before. We can book trips around the world and secure home loans at the push of a button. Why should we ever accept not knowing the name of some jammin’ song?

Thanks to ever-developing technology, we don’t have to. Music recognition software is so powerful, apps can identify songs in a matter of seconds. There’s even a gameshow on FOX called Beat Shazam where contestants compete to identify songs faster than the most popular music recognition app on the market. But just because Shazam is the most popular doesn’t mean its the only way to name that tune.

Whether you’re on the road, in the club, sifting through old mix CDs, or just remembering your favorite song from 1987, there are lots of great options to answer the age old question, “what song is this?” Here are the best ways to find and identify music online.

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Is there anyone who doesn’t yet have Shazam downloaded on their phone? This is the handy-dandy go to for recognizing random songs in the street. You just press the “listen” button, hold your device toward the speaker, and wait. You’ll be shocked at just how extensive the Shazam library is. It saves your discoveries, and it gives you the option to listen to and download the tune. There’s no shame in Shazaming during your favorite DJs set at the club, and it’s successful most of the time. Just don’t be surprised when it doesn’t know that one sick house track Carl Cox drops. Knowing a dude like that, it’s probably never been released.


Shazam’s closets competitor, SoundHound offers a few tricks Shazam does not. Say you’re driving through traffic and a jam comes on the radio. It’s not safe to Shazam and drive, but with SoundHound, you can use the app hands free. Just say “OK Hound, what song is this?” The app will start listening and identify that tune, all while you’re hands are at 10 and 4. Check out a map to see where people are listening to what, add to your library, and have fun.

Google Play’s “What’s This Song?”

Much like Shazam, this Google Play widget can help identify songs playing around you. Just stick it to your home screen, press the widget, and hold your phone up to the speaker. If the song is identified, you’ll be directed to Google Play where you can purchase and add the song to your library. It also offers you lyrics to the song from Google Play’s database. Of course, it’s Google, so you have to have an Android operating system, but if you’re running on Android 4.2 or higher, you can add the widget to you lock screen and search for sounds instantly, no unlocking necessary.

Ok Google, Siri

Artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology is getting better every day. Next time you can’t remember the name of that song on the tip of your tongue, just grab your phone and be all “Hey Siri” or “Okay, Google,” then say “what is that song that goes like,” and sing some of the words. Your helpful digital assistant should be able to help you, even if you’re a little out of key.

Alexa, Google Home

Much like singing into your mobile device, Alexa and Google Home can listen to you sing or hum a song, and they should even begin to play it. You can also ask Alexa or Google Home who performs whatever song it’s currently playing, and you can ask it to add that song to your library. You can also ask “what’s the song by Lana Del Rey featuring A$AP Rocky?” and a host of similar questions. Go ahead, try to stump ’em.

Genius, Google Search

If you know the words to the song you’re looking for, but don’t have an Alexa nor want to get up from the couch to find your phone, you can always just type the words into Google. Genius is my favorite lyric website, and they’ve got pretty much everything covered. It can also show you what songs may have sampled those lyrics. Try to be as specific as possible to narrow down your search.


If you’re a true music nerd and you wanna kill some time fast, get lost in the catalogs of This website is an incredible resource for heads who wanna know where that funky sped-up sample in their latest hip-hop or dance favorite originates. Maybe you swear you’ve heard that lick before, but the original artist escapes you. Or maybe the hook on the latest pop summer smash sounds awfully familiar. Look up any song you like to learn where the samples come from and hear a back-to-back comparison. You can also discover who and how many artists sampled your favorite songs. It works both ways.

These days, most people have turned over to streaming services, but if you’re over the age of 25, you’ve probably still got an external hard drive or a case of CDs with a bunch of songs you downloaded back in the day. A lot of those files were mislabeled, and some of them might not be labeled at all. If you want to rediscover the tracklist of “my hot summer mixtape 2003,” you can upload the files onto AudioTag, and it scrolls through the metadata to figure out just what nu metal or forgotten hip-hop jam you were rockin’ to. It’s best to upload sound files ranging from 15 to 45 seconds, but any size file can be supported.


This website capitalizes on human resources. It’s a community of do-gooder music fans, coming together to collectively identify tunes for those out there in the struggle. You just make a post on the forum like “What song is this?” or “Hey guys, I can’t remember who does this song,” and attach a sound file, or maybe just a voice recording of you trying to hum or sing the tune. The users of WatZatSong rather quickly try to get back to you, and you can help others identify songs as well. Isn’t it nice to see people working together in this tough political climate toward a greater good? Hope is out there, yet.

A Dancer's Guide to Knowing What Dance to Do to a Song » Dance With Brandee

A Dancer’s Guide to Knowing What Dance to Do

What Dance Do I Do to This Song?

Here’s how to your dance music know-how

Dancers, have you ever found yourself standing on the sidelines for the first half of each song trying to figure out what dance is supposed to be done to the music? Like my students you might be wondering: How do I know what dance to do to a song?

Many events help you out by announcing each song’s dance or posting a set list for your reference. Even then, some songs work equally well for more than one dance, so being able to match dances to songs is a skill to develop. And of course, you’ll need that skill at weddings and private parties that don’t have these dance aids.

Until there’s an app for it, I want to help you develop your dance music know-how. Of course, there are lots of variables in dancing and music, exceptions to the rules, etc. But I’m going to keep this simple, so consider this a rough guide to figuring out what to dance to a song.

No Hard and Fast Rules

First of all, unless you’re at a dance competition, know that there are no hard and fast rules for which dance must be performed to a particular song. You get to choose the dance you want to do. That said, when you fit a dance well to a song, it’s easier to keep rhythm, to express the character of the dance, and overall, it tends to just feel better.

And some dances’ music is unique enough that it will hit you clearly. For example, Tangos have a distinctive staccato rhythm and dramatic. Once you’ve heard a few Tangos, without needing to think, you’ll just know it’s a Tango.

For the rest, it’s really just a process of elimination. As you become more experienced, hearing the dance in most songs will become more automatic.

5 Easy Steps to Determine What Dance to Do

1. Get a Feel for the Song’s Speed
Ask: What’s the speed of this song?

Start by determining the song’s tempo (i.e., it’s speed.) This simply means getting a feel for whether the song is slow or fast or somewhere in between.

Sometimes the instrumentation or vocals in a song can fake you out. For example, a song may sound very upbeat but actually have a rather slow beat. Until you get good at gauging a song’s tempo, just tap your toes or fingers to the beat of the song, becoming a human metronome for its true speed.

Once you know if the song is slow or fast (or somewhere in between), you can then rule out some dances. For example, if the song is fast, then all the slower dances are out, such as Rumba, Nightclub Two Step and Slow Waltz. Or if the song is really slow, you can cross off Cha Cha, Salsa, East Coast Swing and Viennese Waltz.

Note: As a beginner, you’ll likely only be comfortable dancing in a narrow tempo range for each dance. So if you identify a song as Cha Cha but find yourself unable to keep up with the music, it doesn’t necessarily mean you made a mistake identify it as a Cha Cha—you just may not be experienced enough to dance to the full tempo range for Cha Cha.

If you’re curious, check out this list of tempo ranges for each dance (this is one person’s idea of good tempos, not an official list). In case you’re interested, here are the official tempos used at ballroom dance competitions.

2. Rule Out If It’s a Waltz
Waltzes have 3 beats in a measure (instead of 4)

As you’re tapping out the speed of a song, count the beats. If it’s easy to count 1-2-3-4 it’s not a Waltz. However, if counting in four’s feels off, try counting in three’s: 1-2-3, 1-2-3.

Most songs are in 4/4-time, meaning there are four beats in each measure. However, Waltzes are in 3/4-time, with only three beats in each measure. (There are other time signatures, but 4/4 and 3/4 are main ones you’ll encounter.)

If 1-2-3 matches the music, you’ll know it’s a Waltz. And having already gauged the song’s speed, you can immediately determine whether it’s a Slow Waltz (slower) or Viennese Waltz (about twice as fast as Slow Waltz).

3. Listen to Its Rhythm/Feel
What’s the rhythm or feel of the song?

If the song isn’t a Waltz, your next step is to pay attention to the song’s rhythm or feel. Is it happy, romantic, dramatic, bluesy, melancholic, or funky? Does it have a Latin/Afro-Cuban beat? Does it make you want to bounce, glide, twirl or march? Listening to the songs’ rhythm and character will help you sort it into one of a few broad categories: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, or other (Hustle, Country Western, Nightclub Two Step, etc.).

For example, say the song has a Latin rhythm. The most common Latin dances in ballroom/social dancing are Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba and Salsa. Rumba is the only one of these with a slower, romantic feel. So if the song is like that, you’re ready to Rumba!

And if the song’s rhythm is upbeat, you can eliminate Rumba and then parse out which of the remaining three dances it might be. Samba has a very distinctive “boom-a-boom” percussive beat (think Brazilian Carnaval music). If you’re hearing that, it’s probably a Samba. If you’re not, congratulations, you’ve narrowed it down to a Cha Cha or Salsa.

4. When in Doubt, Step It Out
Dance in place to see what matches the music

Continuing with the same example, say you’ve figured out the song is either a Cha Cha or a Salsa. Cha Chas usually have a “cha-cha-cha” in their beat, although you may not be able to hear this until you have more experience.

At this point, it’s time to experiment with the basic steps in each dance. Do this on your own in place, so small and casual people might not even notice. Try a few Cha Cha basics and see how well your feet match the music. Then try the Salsa basic. Usually one will feel like the right fit and voila, you’ve successfully determined what dance to do to this song!

See what dance others are doing

5. Or “Cheat” and Steal a Peek

If you’re still stumped after you’ve “stepped it out,” have a look and see what others are dancing. As a beginner, it’s often best to look at intermediate-level dancers. Fellow novices are likely as lost as you are, and advanced dancers may be dancing fancy figures with so much styling and technique you won’t even recognize what they’re dancing as the same dance you know! Intermediate dancers, however, will know which dance to do to a song yet will still be dancing figures you can recognize.

Have Fun: Make into a Game!

I encourage you to make a game out of matching dances to songs when you’re not out dancing. Play the “What Could I Dance to This Song” game when you’re listening to music at home, in the car or when you hear a tune playing at a store or on the street.

Make a game out of matching dances to music

Of course, all music isn’t made for partner dancing (e.g., classical, electronica, hip hop and even many pop tunes). So to make it easier on yourself you may want to listen to songs pre-selected for a dancing, such as those off a ballroom dance practice CD or from a recommended playlist like this.

Remember, ultimately which dance to do is your choice, so have fun and feel free to be creative. That said, be respectful of other dancers on the floor. For example, make sure you use proper floor etiquette, especially if you decide to do a dance that’s different from what the majority on the floor is doing. If doing a traveling dance, stay on the outside track, moving in the line of dance; if doing a spot (non-traveling) dance, dance in the center of the floor.

Over time the process of matching songs to dances will become faster and simpler. You may even find yourself mentoring new dancers on the subject!

How to listen to music on iPhone after the sanctions

Almost all my friends are faced with the fact that now it is impossible to pay for Apple Music and continue to listen to new music. Someone to the last tried to bypass the restrictions of the App Store, but in the end they spat on it and postponed worries until better times. True, if you dig, you can find different ways to listen to music on the iPhone even in this difficult time. The little nasties that Spotify and other streaming services have done for us can be easily bypassed, but it will take a little torturing. However, modern problems require modern solutions, right? Let's figure it out, how to listen to music in 2022 if Apple Music no longer works.

Figuring out where to look for new music and how to listen to it during sanctions


Why there are no new songs in Yandex Music

90 many 9002 In light of recent events stopped supplying music to Russian streaming services. Personally, I felt for myself that there are fewer songs in Yandex.Music , and those that are mainly from Russian performers - I don’t know about pop music, but compatriots have learned how to make dance music. Despite this, there are still not enough foreign novelties: for example, you can find that some artists have tracks very rarely, or the last release dates back to the end of February or the beginning of March.

For many popular artists, new tracks last appeared at the beginning of March

This is not the fault of the performer: the labels themselves decide who to supply music to and who not. Basically, the sanctions are supported by large players: Warner Music, Sony Music and many others. But if the artist's track is released on a lesser-known label, then there is a high probability that it will still appear in Yandex. Music. What to do?

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How to download music to iPhone

Personally, I was not at all scared by sanctions on music, so I am now looking for the missing novelties directly in the browser. Thanks to Apple for adding the ability to download music to iPhone directly, for free and without connecting to iTunes.

You can download music in a simple way

  • Open the browser on your iPhone.
  • Start Yandex (Google does not approve of piracy, so Yandex is a little easier).
  • Enter the name of the track, open the link and click "Download".
  • After that, all downloaded songs will be saved in the "Downloads" folder.
  • In order for all music to be stored in a separate folder, create it and change the save path in the Safari settings.

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But listening to music this way is not very convenient, and iOS does not provide a built-in offline audio player for working with music on iPhone and playlists. Download from the App Store free player for offline listening : I personally use the Offline Player application, which has no ads and subscriptions, and music can be imported directly from memory. You can also find music from YouTube in it and listen to it for free in the background.

With this application you can not only listen to music, but also search for it

  • Install Offline Player on your iPhone and open it.
  • Click the Tracks tab, then Add in the top right corner and select Files.
  • Then select the tracks in the music folder: click on the three dots at the top, then - "Select".
  • Then mark your tracks in the list or click "Select All" and click "Open".

The added tracks will be copied to the application folder: to save memory, just set the "Audio" folder as the location for downloaded files in the Safari preferences. In addition, the application has a built-in browser that allows you to search for music on the Internet and download it immediately, bypassing Safari. You can also add music to a separate Favorites playlist, rename tracks . In short, obviously not the usual streaming service, but any tracks and even remixes will be in your collection for free.

Download player for iPhone

Where to listen to music for free

Fortunately, if you do not like to constantly switch tracks in search of "the one", you can safely use other music applications for free and even discover new genres. You can safely turn it on and go about your business. Here's what I recommend looking at.

Listen to music without subscriptions on your iPhone

  • Radio Record. Several dozens of online stations of various genres, from Full House FM and children's music to Trance and Megamix. Free app.
  • DFM. The application has not only stations by genre, but also by performers. You can use it absolutely free.
  • NRJ. Please note that it is in French, but you can figure it out by typing. A lot of stations by genre, which, due to the large number, had to be combined into separate categories. Works for free and without ads.
  • Online radio It has over 300 channels, FM radio stations and it's all free.
  • ULTRA. Only rock and nothing else! A few radio channels, a few ads, but the app is easy to understand.

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How to start dancing right now — choreographers tell


“It's easier to find yourself in dancing”.
How to take the first step towards the fact that you like

Four professional dancer
about where to find freedom and how to stop comparing yourself with the other

Text: Aina Preston


Michelle Beatz

Tagir Gindullin


Music is a universal tool that moves the world, it is literally inscribed in our DNA. With its help, we can inspire and shape the pop culture of the present and future here and now. Music is inextricably linked with dance. Dancers feel the rhythm and are able to harmoniously complement the musical composition with movements. It is dance that gives them a powerful emotional release and helps them relax. And to feel this, it is worth taking one small risk - allowing yourself to dissolve into the music and turn off your head. How to take the first step and not be afraid to try what you are drawn to? We deal with Tommy Jeans, PRODANCES and our heroes, who found a common language with their fears and learned to express emotions through music and movements.



The choice between directions

I consider myself a versatile artist, I do several types of dance, but most of all I am known for the Vogue culture. This is not just a dance style, but a whole culture about protecting the rights of sexual minorities. This culture is very daring: here and now you can look whatever you like - fully comply with fantasies, externally and internally, carry yourself proudly, inventing new images. Vogue is a great occasion to dress up, surprise, delight. Exactly 10 years I have been developing in this direction, and it does not bother me, I constantly learn new things.

Synergy of dance and music

Good composition inspires dance. First came the music, then came the dance. But it also happens that a dance is born in silence, without sounds: when you have the right mood and a visualization of movements is born in your head. But this comes with experience. Of course, dance and music are closely related.

An alternative to dancing

Now, in parallel with dancing, I am developing as a director, producer and co-organizer of dance events, doing photography and video. Therefore, it seems that if it were not for the dance, then my activity would be connected with the organization of cultural events. I like to create, develop and bring something new, inspire myself and others, reveal people, come up with new ideas. I also love to cook, so I could be a great cook.

How the image begins

I focus on my mood, how I look: I can be in different weights, with different colors and lengths of hair. Trends play an important role here. Of course, first of all, I start from my expectations and how I want to look. I try not to repeat myself, to be different. I ask myself what kind of makeup I want: bright, aggressive, calm, romantic, defiant. Do I want to be sexy or conservative. This is how I collect the image. I take things from my own wardrobe or turn to stylists, ateliers, sometimes I can rent something from showrooms. Creating an image is always very interesting, it helps to show creativity.

Uniqueness - awareness

Comparison does not give us anything, it takes energy and strength that can be spent on developing and multiplying potential. The uniqueness must really be realized, each person defines himself. Sometimes you need to think about what you want. As soon as you realize your own value, then claims to yourself will disappear. You can’t compare your beginning of the path with someone else’s middle.

Finding yourself

Don't hold on to people and things, no matter how selfish it may sound. Then you will understand what you like, and what is imposed by society. When looking for your own business, it is important to start from inner feelings, focus on those very “butterflies in the stomach”.

Philosophy of dance

Dance is body language. I dreamed of being a presenter, but oratory is difficult for me, it’s easier for me not to speak, but to dance. When I hear music, I breathe, the body emits vibrations, vibrations are reflected in the plasticity of forms, in movements, emotions. Dancing helps to develop personality. It's a unique way of expressing yourself. Sometimes words are not needed to understand us.



Sports and creativity

My dancing journey began 10-12 years ago. I quit playing professional football, where I got seriously injured, burned out emotionally and physically, and could not walk normally. A friend called me to support him at a dance performance, where I saw how people can control and feel their body, I missed this in football. I think dance and football are similar: football also has a pace, a rhythm, it's a dance with a ball. But the structure is different, football is a sport, and dance is creativity.

The right music

I'm looking for music on streaming services. Usually I think about which track is more suitable for a performance, I put on performers who meet the requirements, and I look for a suitable track. Everything is pretty simple.


Usually at such moments I get distracted: I review some large-scale shows, performances of stars, listen to music. There is another way - to abstract. If everything is tired, you need to give yourself time to relax, switch to another activity. You can cook food, watch a movie. Taking a break from what you do all the time can provide inspiration and motivation.

Dance clothes

Clothes are one of the main attributes of dance. It gives character to movements, creates mood. I love to dance in jeans, voluminous t-shirts. It is very important for dancers that we ourselves like how we look, this sets the tone for the performance.

Comparing is okay

When you're at the start, it's okay to compare yourself to others. Helps you understand what you are missing. But then it is better to focus on your own feelings. Everyone has their own style, physiology and musicality, you just need to work on technique. When people follow someone, try to copy, it only leads them astray.

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Friendship with Tommy Jeans

The first project with Tommy Jeans was something very unusual for me. I got to know the brand better, learned a lot of new things, despite the fact that I have been wearing their clothes for a long time. The collaboration was a pleasant surprise. The emotions are very cool, I hope that in the future we will be friends and work with Tommy Jeans.




The main thing is to continue

I've been dancing for 16 years now and I never thought of quitting. In 2012, I broke my arm, and after the operation there was practically no rehabilitation period - two weeks later I was already in the gym. For some time he danced only on his feet, with his hand bandaged, and two months later he already participated in the championship. With apprehension, of course, but he participated. The main thing here is to continue.

Hobby can become a profession

I have been dancing since I was 10, but in my childhood I didn’t realize what I was doing and why, I didn’t set big goals. Some results began to appear in the first years of training. At the age of 14, I went to live in Moscow, without parents, then the realization came that dancing could become my life's work. This transition of a hobby into a profession happened very smoothly and organically, but it could not be otherwise.

Music is paramount

When it comes to performing, music is very important. If the audience likes the composition, then my solo will definitely be remembered. It is also important for me how my body and soul respond to the track. At competitions, the DJ is responsible for the music, the dancers do not know what they will perform under. This is freestyle, improvisation, connection with the composition. If you fall into a musical "pit" during a battle - this is the most difficult moment, you need the right settings. In general, music is paramount. If the dance has a great soundtrack, then there are more chances to show your maximum.

Clothing as a guide

I wear what I feel comfortable and easy to move in. I perform mainly in sports things. In breakdancing, style is very important. I always separate things: for everyday life, training, competitions, festivals. Each separate occasion requires a corresponding image.

Metamorphoses in a career

At the very beginning of the journey, it was not difficult at all: there were no obligations, deadlines, projects. I remember that in my childhood a bank was built next to my house and tiles were laid - I was happy just because I could spin on this tile. Now it is more difficult - more responsibility. You begin to treat your body differently, study yourself, fill bumps. For example, there is such an element of air twist (power rotational movement in breakdance), all my life I did it intuitively, and only after 10 years I realized that there is a technique that you just need to master.

The excitement hasn't gone away

I've competed in championships in over 30 countries, performed on big stages, starred in TV projects, but the excitement hasn't gone away. At small events, it is a little less, but at the World Cup, where legends look at you, this feeling pervades the body. I use it to my advantage - as soon as I take a step, I release adrenaline and accelerate.

Everyone is unique

We are all special, no two people are the same. Uniqueness is not something to strive for, it is already in everyone. You need to be able to feel yourself and your needs, to do what you really like. Working on oneself and realizing one's potential is what makes a person himself.

Eva Uvarova

Eva Uvarova

Restrictions and freedom

since childhood I have been engaged in gymnastics (until the video with my VOG was scattered on the Internet) and today I understand - both sports and dances require a full return. In addition, they become part of your life, which brings you a storm of emotions. The main difference is that in sports you are limited, you adhere to discipline, and in dancing you are free, open to new things. It is easier to find yourself in dancing.

Dancing is an opportunity

A professional dance career has opened up many opportunities. Thanks to dancing, I met interesting people - sport would hardly have given me such a chance. The people who appeared in my life incredibly support and inspire me, it helps to develop. I was able to visit different countries, see what other dancers are capable of. I also starred in music videos, collaborated with major brands, for example, in October I participated in the Tommy Jeans x PRODANCE project for the first time. Then I was able to show my dance to a large audience and proved to myself that I can achieve a lot. I have long liked the Tommy Jeans brand, and the opportunity to work together made me very happy.

Style is a mix

Honestly, I can't describe my dancing style in one word. I tried many directions, most of all contemporary or modern dance resonates with me. The plasticity and technique of this style are very close to me, I like the sensations during movements. To summarize, my dance style is a mix of different directions, improvisation, taking into account different dance experiences.

Motivation and willpower

Willpower helps to achieve goals. I make decisions and start working and giving my best. If you really do what you love, then no additional motivation is needed. What you love doesn't require much effort.

Clothes are a reflection of yourself

Clothes help complete the dance. If I go to hip-hop, then I choose voluminous things. I associate this style with freedom, so clothes should not hinder movement. If I go vogue, I choose tight-fitting clothes that emphasize the curves of the body and help me feel more confident.

Music guides

Place of music in dance

Usually dancers choose music first. With the help of the body, we try to convey the lyrics of the song, the mood. I first look for a track, and then I select a choreography that describes the melody, words and feelings.


Comparison is a fine line

By comparing, we evaluate ourselves, and this affects our confidence, general condition and desire to move on. Comparison sometimes helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses, but most people tend to look for flaws in themselves, so more often it is quite destructive and interferes with the implementation of plans. There is a fine line here: if a person is able to objectively evaluate his own and other people's abilities, then the comparison is acceptable, but if not, it is better not to even start.

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