Don’t let the label fool ya – a beginner dance class is great training for dancers of all levels.

If you’re just starting to dance, then it may be tempting to jump into advanced choreography classes. They look super cool, and can definitely push you to pick up choreo quickly…

Use the tips in this video! How To Pick Up Choreography Faster

But the only real way to feel comfortable doing this kind of choreography is to start from the ground up. AKA – taking a beginner dance class!

And even if you are a seasoned dancer, going back to strengthen the foundation for your movement will always be helpful.

So how exactly does a beginner dance class help you become a better dancer?

1. There’s less pressure in a beginner dance class

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Not to say that all advanced classes are competitive, but there is an sense of hunger that laces them.

In a beginner dance class, the vibe is a little less intense.

The focus is not on killing a piece or impressing anyone, but in enjoying the simplicity of the movement and having fun with the dancers around you.

The nurturing, no-pressure environment of beginner dance classes really is a breath of fresh air.

Bianca Vallar from Choreo Cookies, Disneyland, and Bloc Talent Agency, shares why she loves beginner dance classes:

“It reminds you of that feeling when you first wanted to dance. It was about having fun, right?”

– Bianca

But just because there’s less pressure, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be pushing yourself.

In fact, a beginner dance class calls on you to push yourself in a different way…

2. A beginner dance class forces you to use your body

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A beginner dance class is challenging because the movements force you to use your muscles and dance through the music!

The pieces tend to be slower, so you can’t get away with faking quick combos.

You really have to commit to each move with every muscle you have.

What is commitment, anyway? This video will explain: What Exactly Is Commitment In Dance?

Full out never felt so full.

“No matter what level you’re at, a beginner dance class can be a challenge. It’s about going back to touch up on your foundation, and all of us need that.“

– Bianca

And while you’re taking the time to use your whole body…

3. You can LIIIIIVE in a beginner dance class

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Instead of drilling complicated sequences or trying to retain 12 8-counts of choreo, a beginner dance class offers you the freedom to focus on just.. moving.

In advanced choreography classes, there might be a few moments where the choreographer asks you to “do your own thing.”

Sometimes it’s a full 8-count of freestyle, sometimes it’s just that the specific hand movements aren’t set.

For the most part, the freedom you have is limited, because hey – you are there to learn their choreography.

And yes, beginner dance classes may be choreography-based, but the pieces usually have a lot more leeway.

So you can instead channel your brain/body power on freestyle, performance, facials – your own interpretation and embellishments.

Liiiiive and shine – beginner dance classes are all about finding your natural groove!

Taking a beginner dance class will remind you Why It’s More Important For Dance To FEEL Good, Than Look Good

4. A beginner dance class takes you back to the basics

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Before the whip, dab, nae nae… were grooves like the smurf, shamrock, Steve Martin!

You’ll probably recognize some of them in Bianca’s beginner dance class – it involves lotssss of grooving.

“These are those moves, the ones that you do at a party with your friends.

They got lost, but whenever we see variations of them in choreography, everyone’s impressed. But really, those are all classic old school moves! We just need to do ‘em more.”

– Bianca

Ultimately, the purpose of beginner dance classes is to have fun but with a few steps put into it.

And some of those steps, you can’t learn or practice in advanced classes.

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So take a beginner dance class today learn or brush up on the basics!

Why do you love taking beginner dance classes? Comment below and share with us! 

 

Itching to just put on some music, vibe out, and groove? STEEZY Studio’s beginner dance class is the perfect place to start.

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Here are a few of the beginner dance classes we have:

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This post was originally published on May 11, 2016.