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When You Taught Me How To Dance
Katie Melua
Composed by
  • Nigel Westlake
  • Mike Batt
  • Richard Maltby
Movie Soundtrack
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Movie Soundtrack
Calm Vibes
Miss Potter
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90,000 12 life hacks, to quickly learn how to dance from Mamita Dance


Author: Pavel Gather
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa and Tango


Author: Pavel Pavel
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa

on At the start, you always want to get a quick result. When it doesn't happen, the hypothesis arises that everything takes time. After a conditionally acceptable time, humility comes to mastering pair dances, which, perhaps, is not given, and I will just do what I learned somehow. nine0003

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. nine0003

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). nine0003

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. nine0007

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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”. nine0003

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. nine0003

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. nine0003

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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. nine0003

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. nine0003

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. nine0003

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. nine0003

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. nine0003

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. nine0007

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. nine0003

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. nine0003

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. nine0007

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. nine0003

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. nineOl000 Dangerous sexuality

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Where did these dances come from, which everyone can dance, regardless of age, body shape and training, told Dmitry Lunev, head of school Dance Life , which conducts similar open air .

– Dmitry, dance open air has been held in Belgorod for several years now. How did such an idea come about?

- Yes, this is the third season. In Latin American dances, what we learn in class must be practiced at parties. In winter, they take place in cafes, clubs and restaurants, and in summer we decided to go outside. In principle, people are already dancing on the street, including music from cars. We just had to organize it officially, we agreed with the Rusich cinema. But in addition to official open air, there are still many unofficial ones. nine0003

– Are such forms of dancing in our city in demand?

– Of course, they are in demand. When we organize parties in clubs, 30-35 people come there. And on the street - more than 50. And passers-by stop, make a big circle, look with interest. In a few minutes they join our master classes and try to dance themselves.

– How did you start learning Latin American dances?

- It happened by accident. Several people gathered in the city who learned about social dances and wanted to master them. But there was no teacher in such dances in Belgorod five years ago. And they came to me, having learned that in my childhood I was engaged in ballroom dancing. A teacher was invited from Kursk to teach me, and in the future I would teach the others. After that, he slowly began to develop social dances in Belgorod, knowing only a few movements. At first it was a hustle. Then he began to explore other areas. After a while, I went to classes with Jamila Zavgorodnya, who has been developing Latin American dances since 2008 and is the founder of school Latina Club in Russia. Later, she made me a teacher inside the club, and we began to travel around the cities, participate in master classes and take lessons directly from the bearers of this culture - Cubans.

Dmitry Lunev and Jamila Zavgorodnyaya.
Photo from the archive of the Dance Life School

– You recently returned from Moscow from the Tiempo de Rumba festival. Tell me, what interesting things did you see there?

– There was a grand event in Moscow. A lot of famous Cubans came to it from Cuba. Bringing them to Russia is much more difficult than bringing Cubans who already live in Europe. The festival was little advertised, so there were not so many students. But for us it's even good. We have learned a lot. In addition, a competition was held within the framework of the festival, in which they won prizes. Now we can go to Cuba at any time, where already paid master classes are waiting for us. nine0003

- Latin American dances include many styles. Tell me more about them.

- There are different directions in Latin American dances - for extras and for dancers of a higher level. Difficult directions include, for example, the Cuban rumba. People who dance bachata and kizomba are often not even interested in this direction, because it is more difficult.

– What is the difference between a Cuban rumba and a ballroom rumba?

- These are completely different dances. Ballroom rumba is danced in pairs, there are beautiful lines, memorized ligaments. Cuban rumba is a street dance of the island of freedom, where the movements were mostly invented by slaves. Rumba has African roots, as slaves were brought from Africa. She has three varieties: yambu, colombia and guaguanco. Guaguanco is breathtaking when you dance it. In it, the guy is trying to woo the girl.

Colombia is a purely masculine style. The dancers stand in a circle, and each in turn comes out and shows what he is capable of.

At open air, we try to play different music. Most of all Belgorod people like salsa, bachata and hustle. These directions are easiest to master . There are still directions that are only gaining momentum, and our dance school is trying to popularize them. For example, Argentine tango . Few people dance it in our city. We invite a teacher from Kharkov - Svetlana Velieva . Soon the dancers will reach a good level, and we will dance tango in open air. Another teacher from Kharkov - Anna Galenda - comes to teach the Brazilian zouk . This direction in Belgorod is not yet developing at all and exists only in our school.

There is also such a direction as reggaeton . For the most part, this is a solo dance that is suitable for discos. Salsa is also divided into several styles: linear, new york and casino. Cuban salsa is casino, and that's what we promote. nine0003

Photo from the archive of the Dance Life school

– What is Cubano's dream?

- This is a very beautiful Cuban dance. He has an aristocratic character. Partner and partner put on the most beautiful clothes. Usually Cubans love everything white. The partner has a white hat, white suit, polished shoes, the partner has a fan in her hands and a colored dress. Slowly moving, they perform simple elements in a calm manner. This direction also has "chips" that we use in other dances. For example, the element "borracho" (translated from Spanish means "drunk"), when a partner falls on a partner. I have not seen this in other dances. Or a movement when one person stands and keeps balance, doing various beautiful poses, and the other goes around him and thereby spins. nine0003

Another social direction - hustle. This is a collective dance that includes elements from different directions, as well as all existing dance supports. This is what makes him interesting. It can be played with any kind of music. We can come anywhere, take any partner and dance with her. Due to this, the Hustle has become so popular. In Belgorod, it develops only in our school. But when we come to Moscow, we see that there are even more people at the local hustle venues than at the salsa and bachata venues. nine0003

- So what is the correct name for these dances - Latin American or Afro-Cuban?

- Afro-Cuban dances are part of Latin American dances. And we in Belgorod place the greatest emphasis on them. There are about ten dances that are performed in Cuba. Personally, I enjoy dancing them the most. But there are people who love the Dominican bachata or the now popular kizomba, which came from Angola. Speaking of open air, it is easiest to use the expression "social dancing". By the way, they also include rock and roll, boogie-woogie. But we are not developing these areas yet. Perhaps we will think about it in the future. nine0003

Photo from the archive of the Dance Life School

– What is the main advantage of social dancing?

- This is improvisation. The partner never knows what the next movement will be. Each new dance she dances with a new partner, and he has his own set of movements and his own thoughts. The nature of the dance directly depends on who you are dancing with and what kind of music. I just invite a partner, not knowing her level, and build a certain plot with her. The music changes, the couples change, and you have a completely new picture in front of you. So at open air we organize a four-hour party and dance with different people. It's very exciting. There are no beautiful graceful lines here, as in ballroom dancing. In order for the partner to respond to the movement of the partner, complex elements do not dance. Well, of course, those who have been practicing for more than two years complicate the dance, and it looks much more spectacular. The main advantage of social dancing is that a person has been shown some kind of movement, and he is already up and dancing. You don't have to study here for half a year to show something. One master class is enough to get as many emotions in the dance as the rest. nine0003

– To what extent do such dances correspond to the Russian mentality? They say Latin Americans have dance in their blood. Can we match them?

- Those who have it in their blood have been dancing since childhood, dancing in the street. Take the same Cuba. There people dance all day long. They have such a life. After all, they live very poorly. There are no telephones, no TVs, no Internet in their homes. To forget about problems, they play football, swim in the sea, dance, and therefore, of course, they move better than we do. Russian people are more difficult to learn. Of course, if a person has been doing other dances all his life, then it will take him much less time to master salsa and bachata. Well, in general, we, Russians, practically don’t dance on the streets, and men, in principle, think that dancing is not for them and this is not a man’s occupation. There is no such thing abroad. Everyone dances and everyone enjoys it too. In Russia, it is very difficult to recruit boys for pair dances. Although, when they get here, they stay here for a long time. nine0003

Other dancers also told BelPress about their emotions from the classes.

Svetlana Saidova.
Photo from personal archive

Svetlana Saidova:

“I dance salsa and bachata. I also did hustle. I came a year ago, having heard about highly qualified trainers: Dmitry and Jamil. I learned that Dmitry studied in Cuba, and this aroused confidence. It was important for me that the person was not self-taught, but studied exactly where these dances originated. When I first came to open air, I was delighted. Everyone danced so beautifully. It was very positive! Then she went to an open lesson and, returning from it, said: “Mom, I signed up for dancing.” Mom says: “You are no longer at that age, they go to dances from childhood. ” I said, “It's social dancing. They do not require special physical training. The main thing here is the desire to dance. When I studied for the first month, I realized that it was really interesting for me. And I don't just come here to pass the time. We participated in open air, prepared for the competition, where we won many prizes. Then the Dance Life school opened. Dmitry has long dreamed of this. All our dancers helped him: they chose the name, made repairs. It was our common joy. After all, we have already become one big friendly family.” nine0003

Evgenia Tsisar:

“First I came to an open salsa lesson. My best friend brought me here because he knew it was my fixed idea. For half my life I dreamed of getting into Latin American dances. I came, worked out and thought: “How cool.” And she began to purposefully engage in one direction. Then, due to life circumstances, I had to quit dancing, and now I finally resumed classes. We are all friends here, we not only study together, but also go on outings.

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