Ever have those days, where you’re reallyyyyy really motivated to get better at dancing, and wanna hop on your training grind… BUT
You either live 92736 miles from the nearest studio, classes are not being offered that particular day, you have no ride, or you just can’t afford it? Ugh, buzzkill.
Whatever the reason, we understand that it’s not possible to get yourself to a class or workshop whenever inspiration strikes.
But that doesn’t mean your training has to stop! You can become a better dancer anywhere, anytime, if you want it enough.
Here are 4 ways to get better at dancing, without even having to leave your room!
1. Practice and clean a piece you’ve already learned
Ever take a class, that made you feel sooo alive? Either it felt really good on your body, it was challenging and pushed you to grow, or it was just really really fun?
Well, that experience doesn’t have to end! You can keep practicing and perfecting that piece on your own time.
(Note – if there’s a piece that you feel strongly about, remember to ask the choreographer for the song title and artist!)
Get the song, and first start by marking the piece in your head. Then play it again, and try out a light mark. (You don’t need a mirror here, but it does help for “cleaning.”)
(See Related Article: How To Be A Cleaner Dancer)
Once you remember how it feels, turn off the song and go over each 8-count in detail. Try and remember the notes that the choreographer gave, that you may have missed because of the urgency / pressure of class.
Once you have the moves more ingrained in your muscle memory, mark the piece to the music, then try going “full out.”
Because you have more leeway on time, you have the luxury of really playing around with the choreography – adding performance, facials, some freestyle, etc.
This is a great way to get better at dancing, and hone your strategy in class taking. Re-learning a piece at your own pace and manner will help you understand what kind of learner you are, and how to approach a piece the next time you take a class.
2. Drill your fundamental exercises and grooves
Popping, locking, waacking, house, etc., – whatever style you want to get better at dancing in, a good way to start is simply through repetition.
(See Related Article: 7 Exercises To Boost Your Popping Fundamentals From Charles Nguyen (Poreotics))
Freestyling lets you do, really, whatever you want to do with your body, but grooves and drills can set the framework for your movement.
Play a song, and practice the basics. Switch it up every few 8-counts or so.
Then, put on another song, and combine variations of those basic drills, using your own creativity, and what your body is telling you to do.
Doing this will not only strengthen your fundamentals, it’s also a practice in mental discipline, strengthening those engaged body parts, and a good first step into freestyle.
3. Stretch and strength train your body
As dancers, our bodies are our most important tools. It’s crucial to keep it healthy, strong, and flexible.
So even if you’re not actively dancing, you can become a better dancer by stretching and strength training your body.
(See Related Article: The Ultimate Guide To Body Awareness For Beginner Dancers)
To do this, identify (to start), a few parts that you’d like to strengthen.
Do your arms feel floppy when you dance? Are you having problems with balance? Do you want to kick higher, jump further?
Targeting key areas will make you more confident and better able to execute in a way that you envision for yourself. When you get better at knowing your body, you get better at dancing with it.
If you’re unsure of where to start, the core is a universally beneficial thing to train for all dancers. A lot of your strength, balance, and range of motion starts from your core (your torso / abs / tummy area). Doing crunches, planks, and other simple exercises are easy ways to become a better dancer at home.
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4. Try to learn a piece from a YouTube video – or, just use STEEZY Studio
When I first started dancing, I’d find pieces on YouTube that I’d obsess over, and try to learn it off of the 240 pixel non-mirrored image video.
Now, learning a piece off the internet is a lot easier – both with the quality of videos improving, more regularly promised video uploads from studios and choreographers, and more.
But it is still a headache.
STEEZY Studio is a great way to supplement the real-life class experience – a structured, customizable, and easy-to-access platform for learning pieces from the world’s most sought-after choreographers.
You’ll start, like you do in any other class, by learning movement, marking the piece, watching the choreographer demonstrate it, and trying it for yourself.
STEEZY Studio also offers the options to review certain sections, a convenient 10-second rewind button, a “toggle” key (to switch quickly from front / back views), and perhaps most importantly, the option to learn at your own pace.
The “slow, medium, and tempo” options make any piece doable, because you can chose to repeat any section, as many times as necessary, to reach a level of comfortability and muscle memory that allows for you to perform it at the tempo speed, before you move on to the next section.
This makes the level of difficulty of the choreography far less important than the way you choose to go about learning it.
Because, realistically, you can perfect and perform most things if you have enough time and enough chances to practice it. Repetition (and speeding it up) is the key.
STEEZY Studio allows beginner and advanced dancers to learn a variety of different pieces in varying styles and levels of difficulty. All from the comfort of your own home.
Oh yeah, and the first section of all the classes on STEEZY Studio are free. So honestly, there’s no reason for you not be training right now.
We hope these ideas inspired you to train, wherever you are, with whatever you have. Consistency and hunger are the most important things to becoming a better dancer – it doesn’t matter that you can’t get to the studio today!
Have other suggestions for training at home? Leave a comment below and share with us!