Why You Think You Can’t Dance?

Weddings, holiday parties, nightclubs – life provides us with many opportunities to let loose and dance. Wallflowers would do well to embrace their funky selves. In addition to conferring all the benefits of aerobic activity and fitness exercise (yes, it is indeed fitness exercise!), dancing can decrease anxiety and boost motor coordination skills and flexibility. Your social life and self-confidence will also get a leg up.

How can the rhythm-less among us reap these benefits of dancing?

We asked 3 dance instructors to show us the way:

Break It Down

Learning to dance is a very humbling process. It’s about getting acquainted with your body.

Begin the process by breaking down the body down into pieces and working with each of them individually. Take the rib cage, for example. Which ways can you move it? Does it go forward? Backwards? Left? Right? Some beginners who are learning to dance come in wanting to move everything, or launch into combinations.

Keep in mind that taking too much too soon can make you feel discouraged and you will give up.So instead of trying to master complex steps, explore your body as an instrument. Watch yourself in the mirror. Once you feel comfortable, take your new dance skills to clubs and parties.

Keep the Beat

Some people have rhythm naturally, but for those who don’t, it can be difficult to learn. Beginners can start by clapping out simple beats and counting aloud. After you’ve become accustomed to monitoring rhythm this way, translate the explicit counting into movement, and count in your head.

Remember: everyone can dance. Don’t stress about technical perfection if it comes at the expense of your enjoyment. The goal is to reduce self-consciousness and anxiety o the point where you feel comfortable in your own skin.

Find Your Groove

Depending on what you like, you will enjoy some dance classes more than others. If you like rhythm, put on some tap shoes. West coast dance might become one of your favorites. If you like “So You Think You Can Dance”, take a jazz class. Ballet class can help if you have back problems due to its emphasis on posture. Whatever style you choose, try to relax during the dance lesson and trust your dance teachers. If you leave each class realizing you’ve had a good time and you learned just a bit, then you are doing it right.

Just dance!