Do you feel awkward when you dance??
It’s pretty normal to feel insecure about your dancing. I mean, it’s your body. Your literal self doin’ the thing!
If you’re that person at the club swaying awkwardly or hanging out by the wall at a school dance…
We’re here to help make you feel more comfortable in your body.
Ready to stop being a wallflower?? Wanna get movin’ and groovin’??!?!
1. Own YOU
If you feel awkward when you dance, then you will look awkward when you dance.
If you keep telling yourself you are awkward, then you will stay awkward.
The first step to overcoming awkwardness is to stop that self-deprecating narrative.
You don’t have two left feet. You do have rhythm. You can be a good dancer.
Re-defining your view of yourself is the only way to allow yourself to grow.
2. Find your body’s natural groove
No two people in the world have the exact same body, music tastes, dance training, or life experiences.
This means that no two people really dance the same.
Everyone dances like themselves.
So find that groove that feels right to you.
When you take class, modify the choreography to fit your body and what you want to express.
When you freestyle, just start with a basic two-step. Seriously. That simple left-right, right-left skeleton leaves SO much room for YOU to build off of.
Feel the way your body reacts to the music.
This isn’t about technique or cleanliness, this is about you not feeling awkward when you dance.
So let yourself move the way you want,
3. And COMMIT to it
A lot of the times, dancers will look awkward because they PLAY THEMSELVES!!
That slight hesitation, that SMIDGEN of under-delivery, that look of “oh sh*t” on their faces…
Knowing and committing to yourself is the only way you won’t look awkward when you dance.
4. Loosen up!
Really, an instant fix.
Most people look awkward when they dance because they are stiff.
And they’re stiff because they aren’t moving.
Don’t lock your knees. Free your neck to let your head bob. Relax your core.
If it helps, close your eyes to really – I mean REALLY –
5. LISTEN to the music
Maybe you look awkward when you dance because your body isn’t matching the tempo of the music.
Simply aligning the rhythm of your movements to the beat will make your dancing look a lot more put together.
6. Have fun
I’ve never watched someone genuinely love what they’re doing and judged them.
Pure fun never looks or feels awkward.
So stop overthinking!
Put on a soundtrack to a musical you love and lip sync it all the way through. Blast some dirty rap music in your car and go awff. Play some sexy bedroom music and serenade your lover.
At the end of the day, dance is something that lets you play. You can be anyone you want, do anything you want, and escape from whatever stresses are plaguing your mind.
Dance is an escape, not another stressor.
So have fun with it 🙂
Being a good dancer or a bad dancer, a dope one or an awkward one.. It heavily depends on what you practice – both mentally and physically.
Use these tips to make dancing look and feel like second nature. You’ll be tearin’ up the floor in no time.
What are some things that helped you overcome looking awkward when you dance? Comment below and leave a tip!