How to remember a dance routine

5 Tips to Help You Remember Choreography

Have you been struggling to remember the moves in dance class? Are your auditions coming up?

Here are some tips to help you memorize choreography like a pro. No more freezing or falling behind!

5 Tips to Memorize Choreography

1. Chunking

Chunking is a memorization technique where you learn something in separate sections, then group the sections together at the end.

We use chunking to remember things like phone numbers, addresses, and even song lyrics.

For example, 678-999-8212 is much easier to memorize than 6789998212.

In your dance class or audition, the teacher will probably teach the routine sections already.

But you can chunk the moves into lengths that work for you, whether this means going 1 8-count combo at a time, or separating the piece into 2 halves.

Chunking is a great tool to help you memorize choreography, but sometimes, you can get stuck between those chunks.

It doesn't matter how well you know each chunk – you have to make sure you're connecting them together seamlessly.

2. Connect the chunks

There's a trick to connect those chunks that we talked about in this video:

Basically, always practice a few moves / counts before a chunk, and even after the chunk.

Although dance choreography is usually taught to 8-counts, the dance is performed to the sounds in music – which don't go by cleanly cut counts.

So don't start and stop your movements according to their chunks.

Blend by transitioning the moves in between them. Because the whole thing is really 1 dance! *cue Drake*

3. Use contexts in the song

As we mentioned in Tip #2, you dance to music.

The choreographer made the routine to music.

MUSIC.So, a good way to learn and memorize choreography is to follow... the music!

For example:

Let's say a song / piece goes through the flow of. ..slow, melodic intro → UPBEAT, POWERFUL CHORUSiNtRiCaTe beat kill-off to end

You probably won't start finger-tutting in the first section or forget that you're supposed to do heavier movements in the middle.

We always tell you to listen to the music to catch musicality nuances, so you know what textures you should use.

But you should also listen to simply understand the arc of the song, and how that dictates the routine.

4. Make up your own "personal cues"

In our "What is an 8-count” video, we talked about how dancers use counts to map out their choreography.

Counts are a good skeleton to base your memorization off of, but the numbers don't actually provide a ton of information.

They keep track of the rhythm and quantitatively measure where you are in the piece, but they don't tell you how to dance.

So let's get more descriptive than the counts.

Use sounds or actions that you come up with yourself that will actually help you memorize the moves and how you should be executing them.

Here are 4 examples of personal cues that you can use:

1. Naming the moves

Count this out loud:

"1 and 2 and a 3 and 4"

Now, say this out loud:

"Right left push, turn around, look dip."

The latter gives you the same information as the first 8-count (tempo, when the movements take place) and it ALSO hints at the moves themselves!

I personally find this trick most helpful for footwork.

As I'm learning, I'll memorize choreography as:

"Kick ball change, and left and right. Right left right left right, out, together."

2. Snapping

Unlike naming the moves, snapping is more for your body to remember the moves.

I've seen people (Dezi Del Rosario does this a lot) use snaps to mark the points in the moves.

This really forces your body to get to that point while dancing, because you've conditioned it to snap in a certain position.

3. Breathing

Breathing is similar to snapping in that it'll train your body to memorize choreography – use it to remember to slow down or dial back the energy.

You know those pieces where there's a crazy fast combo, then you go into a chill groove???

That sudden drop in energy would look clumsy and out of place, if you didn't breathe through it.

Choreographers might even count that part of the choreography using breaths.

Use cues in your own breathing to memorize choreography parts that are more relaxed.

4. Using obscure sound effects

David Lee loves using whatever sound to mark his movements.

No matter how silly they sound 😂

When you use these personal cues, whether it's naming the moves, snapping, breathing, or making up sounds...

You’re building your own version of the piece that makes sense to you.

When you do this, the dance routine feels more natural and easy to remember.

5. Drill the moves into your muscle memory

This is a simple tip, but so important that I MUST mention it!!!!


If you do something over and over again, then your body will start to do it on autopilot.

So drill a section of choreography 50 times if you need to. Heck, do it 100 times!

This way, even when you have a brain fart, your body can simply take over.


And into your visual memory

Yes, doing the dance over and over will help your body memorize it.

But it can also be just as effective to watch it over and over, too.

Take a recording of the choreographer or teacher, or of yourself doing the piece, and let your eyes and mind absorb it.

Use all the tips we talked about in this article as you're watching the piece (not just while learning it).

For example, observe how the movements follow the music (Tip #3) or use counts, snaps, breaths, or noises that make sense for you (Tip #4).

Learning to memorize choreography will naturally get easier and easier with experience.

But if you want a quicker and more fool-proof way to remember choreography, put these 5 tips to practice!

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7 Tips For Learning Dance Moves Fast

When you’re trying to remember dance moves quickly, failure is frustrating.

After all, some people seem to pick up the moves as if they’ve got some kind of superpower. 

In reality, there are some pretty simple reasons why some people know how to remember choreography faster than others. 

And there are techniques you can learn quickly. 

These techniques will give you “dance memory superpowers.”

I’ll cover them all on this page. Let’s dive in. 

How to Remember Choreography: 7 Proven Tips

The reason some people learn dance moves faster than others come down to two words:

Pattern recognition.

Some people simply have more experience in the field of dance. They can not only see what certain dance routines consist of, but their knowledge gives them a strong basis for comparison based on:

  • Similar moves
  • Faster recognition of body parts involved
  • Comparison to other genres and styles

This helps experienced dancers remember moves faster because learning a dance routine comes down to praxis. Praxis is defined as having five stages:

  • Ideation
  • Motor planning
  • Execution
  • Rehearsal
  • Performance

Basically what this means is that the more knowledge of dance you have, the stronger you are in the ideation phase. This is the part where you pre-visualize yourself engaged in the movements. 

If you struggle to pre-visualize dance moves, try active image streaming. It should give you a boost so you do better during the motor planning and other stages.

With this context in mind, let’s look at some specific tips that will help you remember choreography basics and specific nuances fast. 

One: Know The Definition Of Dancing

According to Lyn Paine, author of the Complete Guide to Primary Dance, dance is at least two things:

  • Movement
  • Expression

Noting these two levels gives you a huge memory cue: Many people are so focused on memorizing the moves, they forget to mentally note the emotions or ideas behind the expressions.

But you can use knowledge of the intent behind the dance to create a mental frame or field that helps you connect the dots. 

As mentioned above, knowing the genre can help us well. You can connect new moves you need to memorize with ones you’ve seen in similar or related types of dance. Or you can use contrasts to help you remember movement patterns. 

Two: Name The Parts

The basic glossary of dance moves is not so huge that you could not memorize it in a day or two. 

How? Use a Memory Palace. It’s an essential tool that can also help you memorize what dance moves look like. 

For example, if you’re trying to remember “feather step,” you might place an image of yourself stepping on feathers in a corner of your bedroom. 

To remember the term, enchufla, you could imagine the music group Enya eating enchiladas while performing this move on a UFO. Have this imaginary association take place in another corner of the bedroom.

This kind of imaginative association will help you remember both the word and the movement. You will also have a location to refer to in your mind so you can “find” the information. 

Repeat accessing the image and decoding it back to the target information a small number of times. It will enter long term memory with much greater ease.

Three: Visualize The Moves In A Memory Palace

A Memory Palace is a mental recreation of a building you’re familiar with – such as your dance classroom. 

If you were to take that space and imagine it, you could mentally “project” the body positions you need to assume onto the walls – once of which will probably be a mirror. 

To perform the projection, you will want to have the specific dance move in mind – and know it by name. 

Then, imagine yourself in the room looking at the wall and project how the body position is supposed to look onto the wall. You might want to split the wall into fourths so you can mentally refer to various references points.

In other words, you might use these divisions to help yourself remember where in space your right hand should be relative to the imaginary center line.

You can divide the wall in a Memory Palace to help you remember hand and foot positions with greater ease. This is similar to how Leonardo DaVinci memorized formulas for dividing space to help him draw the human figure.

If a sequence has four moves, you can place one mental representation on each wall in a room. Extend from there into the next room, hallway or outdoor location from there. Or move to another Memory Palace.

This process will help you with breaking the moves down into smaller parts, which some memory experts call “chunking.”

Three: Use A Number System

Sometimes you have to remember more than what moves to do. You have to remember how many times to repeat them.

In this case, it’s very “handy” to have the Major System on your side.

For example, if you have to repeat a move 5x, you’ll have a mental image that instantly helps you remember this requirement.

You can also number your body. 

An example of numbering the body with the Major System to help you remember choreography.

There’s no cookie-cutter way to assign numbers to the body, but you could experiment with:

  1. Head
  2. Right hand
  3. Left hand
  4. Right shoulder
  5. Left shoulder
  6. Chest
  7. Stomach
  8. Right hip
  9. Left hip
  10. Groin
  11. Right thigh
  12. Left thigh
  13. Right calf
  14. Left calf
  15. Right foot
  16. Left foot

For example, my image for 01 is a tragedy mask. Movements using the head could draw upon this image. 

If you have to move your right shoulder, then your left hip, followed by your right foot, the sequence could be 04, 09, 15 and you would string together visual images to help you remember that pattern quickly. 

Four: Become More MindFul Of Movement

In Mabel Elsworth Todd’s book The Thinking Body, she lists eight ways to become more conversant with the movements of your body:

  • Pilates-Based Conditioning
  • Rolfing
  • Feldenkrais
  • Alexander Technique
  • Ideokinesis
  • Body-Mind Centering
  • Bartenieff Fundamentals
  • Laban Movement Analysis

The more familiar you are with your body and how it moves, the more points of reference you’ll have to make connections.

Five: Know The Music

The more you understand rhythm and notation, the more you can make connections to particular moves. 

For example, if you know that a move corresponds with a C chord in the music, you can create imagery that helps you remember the move better. 

In effect, we’re using the music to create cues that trigger our recall of the required moves.

Knowing the names for various rhythms also builds up your pattern recognition. The more you know about dance, the more you can know about it. Your brain will make more connections on autopilot.

For more on quickly learning chords, check out how to memorize a song.

Six: Record Yourself

These days, it’s easy to set up a camera and record yourself practicing. You get instant feedback, and not just from yourself. You can post your routines to the Internet and get instant critiques from thousands of people.

But the point is to give yourself an external mental picture of your performance. Observation will help you reflect in ways that improve both the ideation, motor planning and execution stages. It will also help you check for the all-important level of expression many dancers miss, making them look robotic instead of natural and dynamic. 

Seven: Play Games

Too many people practice dance on their own. But when you practice with others, you can turn learning into a game.

Practicing you dance moves with others is a great way to get the kind of feedback that leads to faster learning.

For example, you can start with just one move. All of your friends have to perfectly imitate the move.

Then you add a second move, which they have to imitate. Add a third, fourth and so on. The first person who incorrectly executes the sequence loses the game.

Of course, there are no losers at the end of the day. Everyone wins by turning learning into a game. Always be sure to highlight that point when learning with others. 

And don’t run from the challenge. Mistakes are a huge part of how we learn and that’s what makes games like these so powerful for ideation and correcting our approach to the other stages of learning choreography.

How To Learn Dance Choreography

The science on how to learn faster is clear. You need to pre-visualize what you want to learn, follow through by getting your body involved, and then observe the process. 

Since many dance routines are complex, it only makes sense to give your mind

the most powerful visualization tool that exists. If you want to remember dance steps using a Memory Palace, check out this full free course for more on how to use this incredible tool:

As you continue to have fun, keep these final pointers in mind:

  • It’s okay to have high expectations, but keep things realistic. Know your goals with learning dance and base them on reality so you can be sure to succeed.
  • Make sure you choose the right clothes. Memory techniques can help, but they can’t promote flexibility and proper circulation. 
  • Manage your space and stick to a schedule. You will remember more faster by keeping a regular practice. An established routine is much easier to maintain when you assign a specific location special status for your dance practice.
  • Let go of the outcome. Learning anything is a marathon, not a race. 

If you’re interested in more, there’s an Australian memory champion who also dances professionally. Check out my interview with Anastasia Woolmer for more details. She actually reversed the process we discussed today by using movement to help her memorize numbers – the flexibility of these techniques is amazing!

So what do you say? Are you ready to explore some new ways of memorizing movement you might not have tried before? 

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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 big 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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Memory training for the dancer

Article author Mark Van Schuyver gives examples from West Coast swing. The methods of memorizing the material, which are described below, can be used in teaching any dance, in particular, ballroom dancing.


After eleven years of West Coast swing dancing, I have learned countless moves and quite a lot of footwork. And I got worried when my wife Donna, who is also a practicing family doctor, said to me, "Why don't you ever make the moves that we did before?" When I asked her what movements she was talking about, she replied, “Well, I don't know. You are the leader. We used to do a bunch of good moves. Maybe I should check your brains for organic damage? They often cause memory loss."

Naturally, I tried to impress her with some of the new things I learned in the dance workshop. "This is not new." She laughed. "Yes, we've done this a thousand times, remember." I said I didn't remember we did this before and showed her another move that I had learned at a famous event. “Well, that too is as old as the world. You definitely need to check your head."

The next day I took a sheet of paper and drew a table with six columns, which I headed in groups corresponding to everything that I had learned to dance. I started filling in the table. After a while, I already had almost a hundred names. And all this came right out of my head, I did not use any literature, any videotapes. I took the sheet to my wife and proudly presented it. "Wow!" - she said. "But why don't you ever dance all this?"

This real drama happened about a year ago. Like many leaders, I have trouble maintaining a repertoire of dance moves. Literally, I can hardly remember what I know. The number of moves I know is far, far greater than the number of moves I can remember and perform while dancing. What is wrong with me? Am I sick in the head?

Actually, there is nothing unusual about my condition.

Memory expert Tony Buzan writes: "There is no bad memory, only untrained memory." Indeed, I was able to remember the material, I simply cannot “call” it at the right moment. In other words, it's all in my brain, but I don't know where or how to extract it. To make Donna a little happier and to have more fun dancing myself, I started using the following mnemonic techniques to help me remember the moves. If you, too, are having difficulty remembering, these techniques will definitely help you.

The Mechanics of Recall

Moving new experiences from short-term memory to long-term memory requires frequent recall and practice. According to Buzan, in order to retain something in memory, for optimal results, we must repeat the material in the following sequence:

1) repeat ten minutes after the lesson;

2) twenty-four hours after the lesson;

3) a week after the lesson;

4) one month after the lesson;

5) six months after the lesson;

6) if necessary in the future.

Of course, such a scheme of repetition is sufficient for a new word or some idea, but it seems to me that even more diligence is required for dance material.

Buzan's recollection calendar is based on studies that show that learned material, if it is not repeated, is forgotten so much that after two days only 10 percent of it remains. As applied to dance, this means that two days after learning a new combination or a new movement, if they are not repeated during the first day, there will be practically nothing left of the material in our memory.


According to Tony Buzan and other experts in mnemonics, people think in pictures. It is much easier to remember the image of a flower than its name. So it's much easier to remember the rose dance combo than the double whirl reverse whip combo*.

Imagine, for example, that you have just mastered a new combination. Straight whip with three continuous twists in the closed position. Looks like a little tornado on the dance floor. Name the combination "tornado" and it will be much harder for you to forget it.

If your teacher does not name combinations, or if he or she uses technical nomenclature, take the initiative. Give each combination a name that you can easily remember. Use words like pretzel, bullet, racing car, splash, top. Anything in your mind evokes an image associated with the combination. The name doesn't have to match exactly. The mnemonic is only used to give your memory a spark. She will light the fire herself. The movement called "swan" does not oblige you to dive to the floor. On the contrary, it can be a very light, elegant hand gesture.

Existing and new memory

In adults, all new memory is attached to the existing one. You can see evidence of this in everyday speech. Someone says: "I have a gray cat." And you remember your striped Alice. "My gray cat has kittens." Do you think that when you were a child, your striped Alice calved as many as eight. And so on, all the new memory is connected, connected with the existing memory. The more memories we have, the more we can remember. Thus, the more we learn, the more we can learn.

Try to apply this to learning dance material. Link similar. Learn three new endings for an old combination. Learn five new ways to play the side pass. Remember badi rap and come up with five movements for it. Every time you train one thing, train everything related to it along with it.

Linking movements

Competing dancers set their dance material to the song. Every movement is planned, every beat of the music counts. A minimum of three minutes of consecutive material. The partners train together until the new material is absorbed into their bodies. When the song plays, the music makes them move in the pattern they have learned.

In many martial arts, successive series of movements are practiced so that students can better master the technique. These bundles join together and form a kind of natural flow. At each level of his development, the student is faced with the need to memorize and hone new and increasingly complex combinations. After some time, a martial arts student already knows dozens of martial techniques. To remember them, he needs training.

Even if you are not competing, for better recall you should work with regular partners to link the dance material. Pair some old moves with many new ones, turn them into a production number. And then train him. This material will be deposited in your memory forever. You can create several numbers, each containing at least three minutes of new, varied material. If you add up these three numbers, you get over a hundred perfectly learned moves!

Note taking

The excellent dance teacher Skippy Blair has developed a way in which she can write down any dance on paper, and then a few days later take a piece of paper and completely recreate the dance material. This is a very advanced form of note-taking.

You should write down in a notebook every new movement, every new combination that you meet on the dance path.

And from time to time you should film yourself. Very slowly, with a partner or alone, do each new movement, each new combination, and film it all from different angles. Be sure to write down the name of the studied material and in general everything that will allow you to remember it later.


There is no better way to learn something than to teach it. If you can't find anyone to let you teach him, use your imagination. Imagine that you are teaching. Voice and demonstrate every detail of the combination or movement. This imaginary teaching will help move the material into long-term memory. In addition, by teaching dance in this way, you will identify areas of your own insecurity. And you will find that there is a need to return to the teacher for clarification.

Perhaps teaching is the most powerful way to improve memory. Try to teach someone else the first day after learning new material.

Partner's memory

It is generally accepted that in pair dance the followers do not need to memorize the material. I often hear students complain that they have nothing to do while teaching combinations. They say they can't train because they can't lead, and the leaders forget very quickly after class. Valuable observation.

However, I believe that the followers can take a very active part in the memorization process. With the help of the mentioned techniques, they can give signals of the memory of the leader. If, for example, the follower remembers the name of a specific combination and the group of movements that is attached to it, and connects a new combination with another similar combination, she may well tell her partner by word or gesture that he forgot. It is easier for followers to memorize combinations when they are connected to each other and form a dance number. In a word, remembering is the work of both the leader and the follower.

Variety is the spice of life

Of course, simply knowing and applying a variety of movements and combinations does not make us good dancers. To do this, we still need the right technique and style.

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