When you’re beginning dance class it can be so easy to get discouraged, but don’t be. You look at professional dancers and they make it look so easy, don’t they? Well, here’s the thing; they had to start without experience as well. They too were once in the same stage you’re in. They practiced, just like you will practice and with some good advice, you too will be as good and perhaps even better than them! Here’s some simple dance class advice for beginners which will steer you in the right path.
1. Practice Practice Practice
Without even being told, you know this is the only thing to do, right? So, whenever you can, practice as often as possible. If you can practice about three times a week, that’s good, but if possible, you can certainly practice more. Be patient; you will find that the steps will get easier and then you can move up to the next level. Don’t get discouraged, and be patient with yourself. You WILL improve.
2. Do The Basics First
Make sure you master the basics first. As your confidence grows, you can go on to a more advanced stage. Try to practice the ball heel and shuffle first. Learn these two dance moves, get better at it and watch your confidence grow.
3. Comfort Of Shoes
As a beginner, don’t worry about expensive, high-quality shoes. For now, what’s important is that you wear well-fitting shoes and that they are comfortable. Later on, you can ask your instructor for advice on the right size and style for your foot size, or, you could go to a specialty dance store and ask for their advice. For now, keep practicing and be comfortable.
4. Concentrate On Your Legs
As a novice, and in fact most people don’t realize that learning steps actually involves your legs, not your ankles. So start making it a habit to focus on the whole of your legs and allow your ankles to relax and allow your feet to naturally follow your legs.
5. The Balls Of Your Feet
Learn to balance on the balls of your feet while leaning slightly forward. This is how you distribute your weight so that your centre of gravity stays in the middle. This helps you move easily between steps. It takes some practice and getting used to, but slowly but surely, it will become second nature to you.
Remember that it’s also about timing. Sounds have to be created in time to the music. Whenever you can, try watching the professionals. You can actually learn new things by watching them and improve your technique. As you get better and you become more confident, just think back at how you first felt when you were beginning. Look how far you’ve come and how well you’ve done! Right, now go practice some more!