Are you trying to become a cleaner dancer? We can help!
While dance is first and foremost a form of expression, being clean with your dancing allows others to see and understand your movements better.
Being a clean dancer is not a skill that is easy to pick up, and is most definitely something we can always fine-tune. Here are some tips that will help you on your path:
1. Be A Cleaner Dancer By Developing Body Awareness
To be a clean dancer, you must develop a sense of awareness so that you are able to mimic the pictures of the choreographers or those around you.
At any given time, you should have a sense of how each body part is placed down to your fingertips.
It’s always a good idea to take a step back and notice what your body is doing in relation to what you want it to do. Are the toes in or out? Are the fingers together or spread apart? Are the shoulders tensed or relaxed?
See Related Article: The Ultimate Guide To Body Awareness For Beginner Dancers
2. Be A Cleaner Dancer By Knowing Your Basic Angles
There are certain body angles and positions you’ll always have to know, because they are used often.
As you become a more veteran dancer, this will become second nature.
If you’re newer to dancing, drill the basic angles into your body so that it won’t be something you consciously have to pay attention to all the time, thereby allowing you to focus on other details. 45 and 90 degree angles are always used, so get that into your system ASAP.
You’ll have an advantage over all the other novice dancers the cleaner your angles are, and come cleaning time, you won’t have to be cleaned as often.
3. Be A Cleaner Dancer By Using Your Muscles
If your arms or any other body parts are floppy, you’re going to look messy. So use your muscles!
You should think of them as brakes for your movement that’ll let you freeze at a moment’s notice.
Tense up at the RIGHT moments to stick your pictures.
I’ve done exercises where I go through any pictures in a piece and flex my body at those points to try to develop muscle memory for each picture. The more developed your muscles are, the better you will be at being able to control your movement.
See Related Article: The Ultimate Guide To Execution Of Movement For Beginner Dancers
4. Be A Cleaner Dancer By Knowing Your Path Of Movement
To be a cleaner dancer, it’s critical that you take the path of the movements into consideration.
Take looking up directions, for instance. If you look for directions on Google Maps, it’ll show you different ways from getting from point A to point B.
Yes, you’ll get to where you want to go in the end, but all these paths look SUPER different.
So when you’re learning choreography or moves, try taking a hard look at the path of your moves if you don’t feel like you’re doing it right.
5. Be A Cleaner Dancer By Learning To Control Your Speed
Speed control and being a master of timing will help your cleanliness like crazy, especially having the ability to move slow and take your time.
Being able to do crazy fast moves like Jawn Ha is pretty impressive, but it only translates well if you’re able to do it cleanly.
And if you can’t do the moves properly at 1/10th of the speed, there’s no way you can do it right in tempo.
I like to take a piece and go through it a couple times really slowly, so I can really get the pictures right and understand how it feels in my body. This especially helps before you cast or do groups.
If you want to take it a step further, learn some popping animation fundamentals! Poppers have some of the craziest speed control.
See Related Article: How To Train Your Musicality As A Dancer
6. Be A Cleaner Dancer With Solid Footwork
Typically when you’re doing choreography or other hip-hop styles, you want to be really grounded in your movements so that you’re not toppling over while you’re dancing.
You can’t have a strong tree without strong roots, and your feet and legs are the ones anchoring you to the floor as you’re dancing.
If you’re going to be wobbling while you’re trying to move around, it’s likely that you won’t be able to do any of the other moves 100% correct.
Like they always say when you work out, don’t skip leg days. Same goes for dancing. Stay grounded and balanced to better execute your moves.
Do you have any activities your practice to help with cleanliness? Share them with the community by commenting below!
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This article was originally published 11/10/2014.