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Tips to Learn Dancing as a Novice

To take the leap and unleash the performer in you

Be it an office performance or college freshers’ party, unexpected occasions may demand you to pull off a dance number or two. If you are an amateur, here is how to pick your pace and calibrate the performance.

Focus 

Concentrating on the sequence of steps, movements and expression could be a bit overwhelming and especially for beginners. Mindfulness and breathing exercises become pertinent during the synchronisation of steps. Practise deep breathing to remain completely present and engrossed in the situation. This helps in learning and polishing skills and finally signing off by delivering a stellar performance. Other techniques that heighten undeviating focus, such as counting backwards without pauses or visualising an object or place and murmuring to oneself inspiring words or messages, are pretty helpful to thwart off the nervous jitteriness.

Knowing Comfort Pace

While trying to learn faster, pupils tend to bit off more than they can chew which tends to derail the entire performance. The trick lies in breaking down the entire performance into sections and then learning. Besides ensuring neatness and clarity, the strategy also makes sure that a learner is not mechanically executing the steps rendering them deprived of passion and depth but is elegantly performing. It brings life and intricacy into the performance.

Slow Down

Even fast-paced choreographies can only be mastered if you can slow down the passage of time and then perfect the nitty-gritty of the movements. It tunes a learner to become cognizant of movement and detail. Building a personal tempo is pertinent and often mandatory for slow learners who often miss out on a chunk of learning or simply get demotivated if the lesson is too faced paced.

Create a Loop

Slow and disciplined repetition sets the rhythm for learners. Learners are better tuned to every moment and eventually develops a conceptual understanding of the choreography. Practising by oneself accentuates the fusion of mind and body into the number so the performance feels natural and spontaneous to the audience. After a span of dedicated practice, taking a brief pause to think and reflect on the steps is instrumental to let the entire process sink in.

Mutter in Silence

The technique of repeating the steps and sequence in mind is powerful to cement even the most difficult choreography in memory and help one visualise the performance. Since dancing is an art, this technique improves the flow and finesse to beautifully unify each step with the dancer’s body and soul. The performance becomes a quintessential part, an extension, of the dancer’s self.

Puja Sinha

Coffee addict. Daydreamer. Hitchcock Fan. A post-grad in English Literature, Puja is a forever enthusiast of traversing long distances by rail. Her verticals of choice are entertainment, art & society. She can be found lazing in the garden when not fidgeting over deadlines.
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