Do you wanna become a better dancer… but gotta ball on a budget?
HERE’S SOME GOOD NEWS FOR YOU: Dance isn’t just CHEAP.
Dance actually costs nothing. NOTHING!!!!
You don’t need fancy clothes or tools or even a specific space. All you need is your body and some music.
Here’s a list ways you can be free to dance, for free. Or for way way way cheap 😉
1. Learn Pieces From Friends
Cost: $0 (as long as you have good friends)
There’s tons of untapped talent in the dancers around you! I’m sure you’ve seen a piece or two that caught your eye.
So use your dance friends as resources!
Ask your friend to teach you a piece, or teach them one of yours.
You just need some space, speakers, and an open mind.
It’ll help you both learn to teach and learn to learn.
2. Open Sessions
Cost: $0-10 (depending on the studio)
If you’re an avid class-taker at dance studios, that’s awesome!
But some studios also host “open sessions,” usually in the last block in their schedule for the night. Take advantage of them!
Since you’re vibing off a whole room full of dancers, all their energies are going to combine to create a shared experience of freestyling, grooving, and expressing your love of dance with each other.
It’s not only a great bang for your buck, but an entirely different experience from taking a choreography class.
When you’re taking a break and not dancing, look around and take notes. You’d be surprised at how much you can learn from just observing how other people move.
Open sessions have some of the friendliest dancers, and you can often just go up to someone and ask them to teach you what they were just doing.
Exploring dance in different contexts will make you more versatile and comfortable with your dancing, and also help you appreciate it in a new way.
3. Choreograph By Collaborating
Cost: $0 (or your friendship)
Choreographing on your own is a great way to push yourself as a dancer.
But collaborating to make choreography with another person is a whole different challenge.
It forces you to think on your feet, open your eyes to new ways of interpreting music, and get really creative in the ways you combine ideas to make a piece.
That, and you just made something awesome with one of your buddies!
So, ask your friend’s who’s down to collab, pick a song, and start creating!
4. FREEstyle At The Bar Or Club
Cost: $10-20 (depends on the club)
Dance is a social activity. Dancing itself is something you just do with your friends.
Many styles of dance started in clubs. So get back to the roots of dance!
Hit a bar or club in your area that plays music that you love, and spend the $10-20 you’d spend on a choreography class on drinks or admission instead.
I actually have gone to a bar by myself before just to unwind, listen to music, and vibe. Nothing else. And it was the best dance lesson/therapy session that turned out to be cheaper than a class.
5. Share Ideas About Dance
Cost: $0 (cause free wi-fi galore!)
Since dance is both physical and mental, exercising your mind is also training.
Chat with a friend about your goals and struggles, or brush up on a history lesson.
Talk to an older dancer and ask for advice. Watch videos. Read more about art and the creative process. You might even know a dance site with some great dance tips you can troll. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Enriching your mind takes more supplementary action because most “dance training” includes the act of dancing.
So get out there and soak up some knowledge! It’ll give more depth and understanding to what dance means to you.
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Cost: FREE! Then subscribe – $19.95/month
STEEZY Studio is the easiest way to learn online. We, a group of dancers, made it so other dancers can train with a bit more ease and comfort.
You’ll learn from world-class choreographers like Bam Martin, Franklin Yu, Sorah Yang, and Scott Forsyth who teach their pieces step-by-step, at a pace that works for you.
We’ve helped dancers like you all over the world save time and money, fit dance into a tight schedule, learn without a studio, and level up.
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(See Related Article: Become A Beast In 12-Weeks Of Dance Training On STEEZY Studio)
We hope that this article gave you some ideas on ways to save money on dance training, you Frugal Freddies! (And Francescas)
Comment below with any ways that you stay dancin’ without breaking the bank!
This article was originally published on April 6, 2016.