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Dancing for Beginners: What to Expect With Dance Lessons for Beginners

Dancing for Beginners: What to Expect With Dance Lessons for Beginners

Have you started taking up dancing? While dancing for beginners can be incredibly exciting and rewarding, it can also be challenging. This is where lessons come in handy! In this article, teacher Liz T. shares what to expect and how to set yourself up for success with dance lessons for beginners… So, you've signed up for your first dance class or you’re just about ready to - excellent! Whether you’re pursuing ballet, jazz, tap, modern, ballroom, salsa, or Zumba, here are some things to
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10 Party Dance Moves You Need in Your Life Right Now

10 Party Dance Moves You Need in Your Life Right Now

Long days, hot nights, and summer weddings all add up to one thing: epic dance parties. If you're feeling a bit shy about shaking your groove thing, don't sweat it! I usually think the best dancer at the party is the guy or gal who's having the most fun, regardless of their dancing skills. Here are all the best party dance moves you need to heat things up this summer on the dance floor. 1. Step With the Beat To start out, get comfortable on the dance floor by stepping back and forth
By Megan L.
4 Fundamental Tap Dance Steps for Beginners | TakeLessons

4 Fundamental Tap Dance Steps for Beginners | TakeLessons

Have you ever watched good dancers make even the most complicated techniques look effortless? Watching an experienced dancer perform a tap routine can be magical. And, this can also happen for you if you learn these 4 tap dance steps that are simple but essential elements of all tap choreography.  Get ready to train your own feet to create a unique mixture of motion and music! This beginner’s guide will give you easy-to-follow steps and a tap-dancing video for each move. What are the
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Contemporary Dance for Beginners: What Do You Need to Know?

Contemporary Dance for Beginners: What Do You Need to Know?

Contemporary dance. You’ve probably seen it on famous dance television shows like So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing with the Stars, but do you actually know what contemporary dance is? With roots in several different styles of dance, like ballet, hip hop, and modern dance, contemporary dance emerged in the mid-1900s and quickly became one of the most popular dance styles in the Western world.  If you are interested in any kind of dance, studying contemporary dance for beginners is a great
By Suzy S.
5 Dance Basics to Nail Down

5 Dance Basics to Nail Down

Watching people dance can be both inspiring and intimidating. Their graceful movements and the fluid transitions between steps can make you want to dance while making you feel extremely self-conscious. Something you should know is that there are very, very few people who look this good when they first learn how to dance! Taking dance classes and private lessons are the perfect way to learn dance basics without the public exposure. Regardless of the type of dance you are interested in, the
By Shanika
7 Things You Don't Know About the Nutcracker Ballet

7 Things You Don't Know About the Nutcracker Ballet

Every December, productions of The Nutcracker ballet add to the festivities and joy of the holiday season. You are probably already familiar with the story of a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker on Christmas Eve, but there are a few fun facts most people don't know about The Nutcracker. 1. In Germany, there is a folklore tradition based on the idea that nutcrackers protect your family and bring your home good luck. For this reason, nutcrackers were often given to children at Chris
By Megan L.
7 Qualities to Look for in the Perfect Ballroom Dance Partner

7 Qualities to Look for in the Perfect Ballroom Dance Partner

Whether you're a veteran dancer or you're just beginning to learn ballroom dancing, every dancer needs a partner. If you haven't already found your perfect partner, keep your eyes peeled for these seven winning characteristics. 1. They've Got Smooth Moves Your perfect partner doesn't have be Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, but they should know how to ballroom dance well. Ideally, you and your partner should be dancing at about the same skill level. The best dancers tend to be the most s
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Dance Games for Kids of All Ages | TakeLessons Blog

Dance Games for Kids of All Ages | TakeLessons Blog

It’s become much more difficult to convince youngsters to get their bodies moving after the surge of tablets and the growth of home televisions, gaming systems, and smartphones.  Why would they want to go out and play with their pals when they can play video games with them virtually from the couch? Why go all of the way to the bowling alley when we can play bowling on the Wii?   However, there are times when you need to expend all of that pent-up energy to make sure your body stay
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5 Swing Dance Trivia Tidbits You May Not Have Known

5 Swing Dance Trivia Tidbits You May Not Have Known

For almost a century, swing dancing has attracted enthusiastic, carefree, and highly musical people from all walks of life. If you love its unrestrained movements and nostalgic charm, here are five interesting facts to know before you hit the dance floor. 1. Swing dance goes by many names Swing belongs to the jazz school of dance, but the term doesn't apply to one single technique. There are several distinct swing styles, and they each developed alongside shifting musical and cultural trends
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List of Dance Moves Names | TakeLessons Blog

List of Dance Moves Names | TakeLessons Blog

Would you like to be the person who knows all of the best dance moves names and can execute all of them? At first, learning these steps may seem complex, even unattainable. In reality, almost everyone can learn to dance. It’s simply a matter of breaking each dance into individual steps and practicing until you get it right. Most of us have watched in awe as an amazing dancer showed off their skills at a party. Have you also noticed that these dancers aren’t always the suavest or most a
By Phina Pipia
Can You Really Learn Contemporary Dance Online?

Can You Really Learn Contemporary Dance Online?

Contemporary dance is the most expressive and subjective dance form, making it more accessible to outsiders and helpful as a supplement to other dance training. Contemporary choreography techniques help dancers harness the energy and emotion of their own bodies, resulting in a more fluid and organic form of movement that can appear effortless and completely improvised to the casual observer. You have a lot of options when it comes to learning, practicing, and performing modern dance. And with t
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What Can I Expect to Pay for Dance Costumes?

What Can I Expect to Pay for Dance Costumes?

If your kids are begging you for dance classes or lessons, one thing you'll need to budget for is dance costumes. Your child will need appropriate attire to wear to class, as well as special costumes for dance recitals. This article will discuss the dance costumes that your child will need, how much they typically cost, and ways that you can budget and save money for this expense. Class Attire While what your child is required to wear to class can vary between dance studios, the guidelines l
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Top 6 Dance Schools to Kickstart Your Dance Career

Top 6 Dance Schools to Kickstart Your Dance Career

Breaking into the arts is difficult no matter how strong your skills are, but dancing can be particularly challenging because it's also one of the most physically demanding. You'll need the right training and education if you're thinking about dance as a career path. The following schools are considered among the best, having produced a number of successful dancers, choreographers, and other professionals in the industry. Oberlin College & Conservatory Oberlin College & Conservatory, loca
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How to Write Your First Professional Dance Resume

How to Write Your First Professional Dance Resume

Do you dream of being a professional dancer someday? Beyond just dance skills, you'll need to know how to write a dance resume to start on your career path. Read on for some great advice from New York dancer and teacher Caitlin J.: For the pre-professional dancer, landing your first paid gig can be a daunting task. With only a few contacts, it is difficult to know where to start. Most jobs require a minimum submission of a headshot and resume. While you might feel like your resume is spa
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8 Music Video Dance Tutorials to Give You Superstar Moves (Hit Songs)

8 Music Video Dance Tutorials to Give You Superstar Moves (Hit Songs)

Are you looking to learn some hit music video dances? Then, these easy and fun dance tutorials are for you! Music videos contain some of the most impressive dance sequences ever, and many of us love to emulate the moves of our favorite artists. Whether you’re looking for popular songs with simple, fun dances to learn or a more advanced music video dance tutorial, you’ve come to the right place! While many of us can’t learn an entire dance routine just by watching a music video, ther
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7 Silly Dance Moves to Get Your Kids Moving

7 Silly Dance Moves to Get Your Kids Moving

Keeping your child active - both physically and mentally - is one of the most important jobs that a parent has. Teaching your kids some silly dance moves will get their bodies moving while they learn key principles of music, including rhythm, tempo, and more. So turn on some music and try out these fun and silly dance moves for kids! Animal Dancing Most children love animals! For this activity, turn on an upbeat song and call out the name of an animal. Encourage your child to dance however
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Where to Find the Best How-to Dance Videos Online

Where to Find the Best How-to Dance Videos Online

Interested in learning how to dance? Whether you think you were born with a natural ability to "bust a move" or you're just tapping into the world of dance, you might be surprised by how helpful some how-to dance videos available online can be. Although they can't quite replace the guidance of a skilled instructor, they definitely have the ability to inspire newbies and professionals alike! With the convenience of online dance videos, you can get started learning or refining virtually every typ
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Learn Belly Dancing Styles: Which Class is Right for Me?

Learn Belly Dancing Styles: Which Class is Right for Me?

If you’re itching to learn belly dancing, you may be wondering where to start. Here, teacher Morwenna A. explains the differences in belly dancing styles: What is belly dancing? This article will help cut through the hype. You will be able to make an intelligent choice of classes to take. To begin, you may be wondering what constitutes belly dance. I believe it falls in three main categories, like a coin with two sides and a rim: Side 1: This might be a dancer that dances in a restaurant
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Ultimate Wedding Dance Guide: Moves, Steps, & Resources

Ultimate Wedding Dance Guide: Moves, Steps, & Resources

  Dancing is essential to a memorable wedding day. That’s true whether you’re part of the happy couple, a member of the wedding party, or a guest. Of course, there’s the wedding dance (the bride and groom’s first dance). But there’s also dancing at the reception entrance and group boogies with all of the guests. So what happens if you’ve never taken a dance class or feel unprepared to dance at an upcoming wedding? Luckily, there are many popular wedding dances you can learn
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How to Learn Ballroom Dance Steps When You Have Two Left Feet

How to Learn Ballroom Dance Steps When You Have Two Left Feet

Maybe you're trying to get ready for your first dance on your wedding day. Or maybe you're feeling inspired after watching Dancing with the Stars and seeing the celebrities learn to ballroom dance from scratch. Or perhaps you've always wanted to learn how to ballroom dance, but have never had the time, opportunity, or courage to learn. No matter what has drawn your interests to ballroom dancing, it can be a bit intimidating if you feel like you have two left feet! The tips outlined below will ge
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7 Different Types of Dance Styles: Which is Perfect for you?

7 Different Types of Dance Styles: Which is Perfect for you?

As technology brings the world's cultures together and choreographers continue to push the creative envelope, there are more types of dance classes now than ever before. Don't let all the options overwhelm you, but don't limit yourself to stereotypes either! There are many different types of dance, but the fundamentals are often very similar. Read on to learn about each genre and find out which one is most compatible with your personality and interests. How Many Types of Dance Styles Are Th
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Ballet Basics: 5 Positions Children Can Practice at Home

Ballet Basics: 5 Positions Children Can Practice at Home

There's no single "right" way to learn ballet for beginners, but it's always helpful to approach the barre with a basic understanding of its style and positions. No matter what genre your dance instructor teaches, the following fundamentals will always be on the curriculum. From Italy's Cecchetti Method to the cross-genre techniques of contemporary American ballet, these basic positions keep dancers of every level in perfect form. Port de Bras Basics Long before you learn complicated footwo
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Intro to Ballroom Dance Steps & Posture | 3 Steps to Know

Intro to Ballroom Dance Steps & Posture | 3 Steps to Know

Learning how to properly dance ballroom style and perfect the moves requires a good bit of time and practice. However, you may be surprised at just how far you can get by learning a few basic ballroom dance steps. With this guide, you will learn the basic steps of ballroom dancing and find yourself out on the dance floor before you know it! Ballroom Dance Posture Before your feet can start learning these ballroom dance steps, it's important that you first learn the proper posture your body m
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