“But I don’t like how I dance” Solutions
Happy Tuesday everyone! Or like social media likes to call it: #TipTuesday. Yes, I know, some of you might be thinking, “is she really using hashtags now to speak to us?” Let’s face it, we’re in 2017 and like it or not, social media has taken over. A lot. So yes, welcome to my #TipTuesday of the week! In the following article, I will be providing four simple tips that I personally recommend for all you dancers out there. Enjoy!
1. Look at yourself.
This is something that can definitely feel uncomfortable and awkward to some, but it is what I find to be one of the MOST effective tips to improve my dancing. 90% of the time that I am creating/practicing a choreography, I make sure to have a large mirror in front of me to
critique myself and notice anything that looks right/wrong. Another alternative to that is recording yourself. The good thing about this is that you are able to rewind as many times as you want to pin point every error you do.
Dance like no one’s watching
2. “Dance like no one’s watching” … just the camera.
This is a very popular phrase and it is a very good phrase, but to a certain extent (in my opinion). If I were to always dance like “no one’s watching,” my performances could become embarrassing. Yes, it’s true that if you forget a step the best advice is to keep going, rather than just standing there, BUT do NOT make it a habit! This can, in the long run, set you in a comfort zone that’ll constantly lead you to make mistakes. I like applying the titled phrase when trying to think of new moves to add to my choreography. Sometimes, it’s difficult to come up with moves and many, just can never figure out how to even begin creating a choreography (I was one of them). Thus, my advice, coming from experience, would be to play songs that you cannot resist dancing to, turn up the volume, set a camera to record in front of you and just start dancing! When you watch the video of yourself, you might be surprised with the moves you busted out, hence, moves that you most likely would not have remembered.
3. practice, Practice, PRACTICE!
I cannot reiterate this enough. In order to get better at something, no matter how talented you are, no matter how quick of a learner you are, and no matter how many times you and/or other people say, “it’s perfect,” you MUST practice to improve yourself and not lose the skill.
4. Find people who SUPPORT you.
Even those who are independent need support. Dance is an art which can evolve into something more beautiful if more than one person participate in it. So why not include your friends in it? Rather than making fun of each other, be there to HELP one another!
Now, go get ready to kill that stage!