Ever have those days, where you’re reallyyyyy really motivated to get better at dancing… BUT
You either live 92736 miles from the nearest studio, classes are not being offered on that day, you have no ride, or you just can’t afford it? Ugh, buzzkill.
Whatever the reason, we understand that it’s not always possible to get yourself to a class or workshop whenever inspiration strikes.
But that doesn’t mean your training has to stop!
You can become a better dancer anywhere, anytime…
if you want it enough.
Here are 4 ways to get better at dancing at home!
1. Practice and clean a piece you’ve already learned
Ever take a class, that was soooo good?
Well, that experience doesn’t have to end! You can keep practicing and perfecting that piece on your own time.
Start by playing the song and marking the piece in your head. Then try it with a light mark. (You don’t need a mirror here, but it does help for “cleaning.”)
Once you remember how it feels, turn off the song and go over each 8-count in detail.
Try and remember the notes that the choreographer gave that you may have missed because of the pressures of class.
Got it more ingrained in your muscle memory? Cool. Try going full out.
With more leeway on time, you have the luxury of really playing around with the choreography – adding performance, facials, some freestyle, etc.
This is a great way to get better at dancing
and hone your strategy in class taking.
Re-learning a piece at your own pace and manner will help you understand what kind of learner you are and how to approach a piece the next time you take a class.
2. Drill your fundamental exercises and grooves
Popping, locking, waacking, house, etc., – whatever style you want to get better at dancing in, a good way to start is simply through
Freestyling lets you do whatever you want to do with your body, but grooves and drills can set the framework for your movement.
Play a song, and practice the basics. Switch it up every few 8-counts or so.
Then, put on another song, and combine variations of those basic drills, using your own creativity, and what your body is telling you to do.
Doing this will not only strengthen your fundamentals, it’s also a practice in mental discipline, strengthening those engaged body parts, and a good first step into freestyle.
Are you interested in Popping? Try
Boogie Frantick’s Popping Program on STEEZY Studio! He has classes on Hits, Isolations, Footwork, Waving, and more!
3. Stretch and strength train your body
As dancers, our bodies are our most important tools. It’s crucial to keep it healthy, strong, and flexible.
So even if you’re not actively dancing, you can still become a better dancer by stretching and strength training your body.
Identify a few parts that you’d like to strengthen.
Do your arms feel floppy when you dance? Are you having problems with balance? Do you want to kick higher, jump further?
Targeting key areas will make you more confident and better able to execute in a way that you envision for yourself. When you get better at knowing your body, you get better at dancing with it.
If you’re unsure of where to start, then
the core is a universally beneficial thing to train for all dancers.
A lot of your strength, balance, and range of motion starts from your core (your torso / abs / tummy area). Doing crunches, planks, and other simple exercises are easy ways to become a better dancer at home.
When I first started dancing, I’d find pieces on YouTube and try to learn it off of the 240 pixel non-mirrored video.
But now… there’s
STEEZY Studio brings dance classes from world-class choreographers to
You can review certain sections, a convenient 10-second rewind button, switch quickly from front / back views), and practice in a slow, medium or tempo speed as many times as you need.
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We hope these ideas inspired you to train, wherever you are, with whatever you have.
Consistency and hunger are the most important things to becoming a better dancer – it doesn’t matter that you can’t get to the studio today!
Have other suggestions for training at home? Leave a comment below and share with us!
This article was originally published on February 24, 2016.