Updated: May 16
Hello! Welcome to STU ART’s Dance. If you are new to the dance world you are likely to have many questions, and If you have clicked on this blog you are probably wondering what a beginner dancer is. There are so many ways to express what a dancer is, what kind of dancers there are, how to start dancing and so many more! Well fear not friends, I am here to help you figure out what a beginner dancer entails, how to start being a dancer, and give you some tips and tricks to improve your dancing journey!
1. Starting from the beginning.
Dance surrounds us, it’s everywhere; whether we are aware of it or not, humans like to shimmy and shake. Whether you are listening to your favourite song, or jamming out to the theme song of your favourite TV show (the “Friends” theme song always gets me grooving), you have most likely danced at least one time in your life. If you are looking to start your dance journey, dancer’s levels can vary. There are beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional levels. Like any other activity, with practice and drive you are able to become the best dancer you can be! Beginner dancers usually start off by listening to the music and finding the rhythm and beat, from there you are able to add some basic movements to build yourself a little combo for any song you like!
2. Finding your dance style.
There are so many different types of dance genres that when looking at all of them you may be unsure of which one to choose when deciding to learn to dance. In my personal opinion, check out as many as you can, you never know which one you will love the most! Most styles of dance offer beginner classes. From there you are able to see which styles you like without having to worry what your level is. Take some time to learn about the different genres, the history of each genre, and how it can be beneficial to you.
Pro tip: if you would like to know some basic movements for future parties (Coronavirus pending of course), check out our “Everybody Can Dance Parties” classes where you can learn some basic movements to jam to that is ideal for almost any song of choice! (more information on our website here!)
3. Watch and learn!
Sometimes it's better NOT to dance, but to watch your teachers instead (especially when they want to emphasize something to you)! If you are learning a new combination and are stuck on the transitions from one movement to another, it might be best to watch your teacher execute the move to see what you are missing! It might not be one specific move, but the overall execution of the dance as well. The song might have more of a chill vibe, and the choreography would then hold a bouncier tune when dancing. With this in mind, seeing your teacher dance a certain way will show you how you should execute their choreography. Watching goes a long way and will surprisingly help you figure out what you’re missing in your dancing!
4. Learn by doing!
Like the above mentioned, watching does help you pick up on some things that you could have missed earlier, but you will never learn without trying! Sometimes music is tricky and picking up on the rhythm might be harder with count and tempo changes. My tip to you, just go for it! It might feel weird at first, but you will get the hang of it, and after so much practice you will be a master at it, aka muscle memory! If you don’t know what muscle memory is, it’s very simple. When practicing something over and over again, your body gets so used to it that it becomes second nature to you! When you practice a certain move or combination over and over again your brain creates a long-term muscle memory. Once you hear the music that is associated with that combination of moves your body will start dancing and you will not have to think about it as much! (pretty cool right!)
5. Relax and have fun!
Dance is meant to be fun! If you are a beginner and scared about how you will do in your classes, just remember that dance is there to help relieve your stress, not add onto it. Regardless of how many (or how few) dance moves you have, the objective is to have fun, provide you with health benefits, and bring you on a journey to better your dancing skills! So next time you are in class, don’t worry about what you might look like in front of others, work on yourself, your moves and have fun dancing the night away.
Dance can be a challenging thing, especially when you are unfamiliar with how the dance world works. At the end of the day, dancing is for enjoyment. It’s there to help you feel good about yourself, bring confidence to you and jam out to your favourite songs alone in your living room or with some friends and family! If you are interested in starting your dancing journey be sure to do so with STU Arts Dance. We offer some amazing beginner classes to help improve your dance skills, get fit, and have fun while doing so! Check out our Everybody can Dance classes to begin your dance journey with us! See you out there!