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post #31 of 51
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HIP HOP
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post #32 of 51
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One of the biggest things about dancing is just letting yourself go. I suggest just putting on a good funk CD (I suggest Sly and the Family Stone, Earth, Wind, & Fire, et al) at home and just letting loose. Don't worry how you look or how stupid you feel at first, just let er' rip, no one is going to see you. Plus it's fun to play music really, really loud. As time passes you'll just get more comfortable moving your body. Next thing you know you'll be going to a club and scoping out other people's moves to copy than you are on your way to dancing with all the sweet ladies.  
Seriously, good advice.  This is why so many WASPs can't dance as adults.  The ones that can (and I know a few who can really shake their stuff) grew up in households where danceable music was playing all the time.  It's like learning to walk.  I suggest Outkast.
post #33 of 51
I suppose I should try that aswell. Club dancing is like whine, coffee and whisky. If you don´t like them, you should learn to like them because of sociality.
post #34 of 51
I used to teach Lindy Hop as well as DJ Jazz and Swing music. Club dancing is easy, the cardinal rule is don't overdo it. Listen for and follow the bass line. I wouldn't advise video. That's a sure-fire way to make yourself 10x more self-conscious than you would be otherwise, and needlessly. Nobody likes the way the look on film. If you want practice, I would always tell my students to listen to the music, because most people came into my classes having little to no exposure to swing music. Listen to it in your car, office, iPod, wherever. By comparison, club music and pretty much all other idioms of popular music are much more rhythmically simplistic.
post #35 of 51
My advise is to dive into it and get as much experience as possible. When I started clubbing I was TERRIBLE at dancing, I didn't have trouble meeting girls, but when it got to dancing I was really fast at losing them, but I kept with it and eventually learned to dance a bit at least. I'm at the point now where half the girls I dance with compiment me on my dancing prowess while the other half split between thinking I'm OK and the other half thinking I suck at dancing, while I think about the same of them. I would advise you to go out alot and dance with as many girls as possible and you will naturally learn from experience. Eric
post #36 of 51
This is a great site that demostrates how to do three dances, step-by-step. http://www.patrickborelli.com/
post #37 of 51
I'm assuming you mean dancing in clubs (dance, rave, techno, hiphop). I've been bboying (breakdancing) for a bunch of years now. I've pretty much been complemented on my dancing regardless of where I've gone. I essentially do some uprocking (breakdancing on your feet) mixed with that terrible crip-walk, two-step garbage that most people think is "hip-hop" so that I don't look too alien. However, even if you don't plan on learning how to break/bboy, you can still rip it up on the dance floor. Groove to the music. That being said, there are some very important things you should remember. 1) You're usually dancing with someone, not for someone. Don't break it down in a club... that's just rude. 2) The biggest problem with people in clubs is that they don't move their feet. You must, MUST, move your feet. Even if you do that terrible dance in Hitch it's better than nothing. 3) Try dancing with a girl instead of just grinding with her. That's a major turn-off for most girls. 4) When they feel the beat, they literally mean feel the beat. At home, turn the music on so loud with bass so that you can literally feel the thumping. One of the best ways to learn how to dance is to march. March on beat. After you've marched on beat then you can start moving your hips a bit. Remember, your body is a unit. Don't get caught moving only your upper body and not your lower body or vice versa. 5) Try not to do too much with your arms. As funny as you think the funky chicken is, it really isn't a good way to impress anyone... and is liable to get you tossed. 6) I guess the last piece of advice I have for now is PRACTICE. It's not easy to dance well, and you have to try to do it well. At home, dance in front of a mirror. You should have a general idea of what looks good and what doesn't. If the club you're going to a club that throws down hip hop, don't salsa or tango. P.S. If you want more advice from me just respond to the post =)
post #38 of 51
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I'm assuming you mean dancing in clubs (dance, rave, techno, hiphop). I've been bboying (breakdancing) for a bunch of years now. I've pretty much been complemented on my dancing regardless of where I've gone. I essentially do some uprocking (breakdancing on your feet) mixed with that terrible crip-walk, two-step garbage that most people think is "hip-hop" so that I don't look too alien. However, even if you don't plan on learning how to break/bboy, you can still rip it up on the dance floor. Groove to the music. That being said, there are some very important things you should remember. 1) You're usually dancing with someone, not for someone. Don't break it down in a club... that's just rude. 2) The biggest problem with people in clubs is that they don't move their feet. You must, MUST, move your feet. Even if you do that terrible dance in Hitch it's better than nothing. 3) Try dancing with a girl instead of just grinding with her. That's a major turn-off for most girls. 4) When they feel the beat, they literally mean feel the beat. At home, turn the music on so loud with bass so that you can literally feel the thumping. One of the best ways to learn how to dance is to march. March on beat. After you've marched on beat then you can start moving your hips a bit. Remember, your body is a unit. Don't get caught moving only your upper body and not your lower body or vice versa. 5) Try not to do too much with your arms. As funny as you think the funky chicken is, it really isn't a good way to impress anyone... and is liable to get you tossed. 6) I guess the last piece of advice I have for now is PRACTICE. It's not easy to dance well, and you have to try to do it well. At home, dance in front of a mirror. You should have a general idea of what looks good and what doesn't. If the club you're going to a club that throws down hip hop, don't salsa or tango. P.S. If you want more advice from me just respond to the post =)
Hey, thanks.   I can feel music, and I can move in-time very well.  I'm never off beat.  Went out to clubs a few times since my first post, and I'm to the point now where I (cautiously) do the "Hitch" routine.  People I'm with say I look pretty "normal" except that I need to "loosen up" more and move my hips and upper body. OK, using Hitch as a foundation, what would you suggest I learn to with myself above my feet?
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This is a great site that demostrates how to do three dances, step-by-step. http://www.patrickborelli.com/
Oh lord, thank you for that. Wait till my next trip out, I'm gonna tear the club up... Eric
post #40 of 51
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This is a great site that demostrates how to do three dances, step-by-step. http://www.patrickborelli.com/
If none of those dances work, you could always do the Elaine. Bradford
post #41 of 51
The Hitch routine is a good foundation. The only problem with it is that it really keeps your upper body rigid and if you move your hips doing it, it makes you look like you're pulling a very bad "robot" =). I have a simple suggestion for what to do with your upper body. When you're moving back and forth, you can try this: Keep your feet about shoulder length apart and parallel... this should always be your starting position. 1) Take your right foot and step a baby step sorta diagonal. At the same time tilt your body very slightly to the left. Bring your right arm a little forward. Keep your arm relaxed and sort of swing it forward and bend it to a little under 90 deg. (on beat) 2) Right foot parallel with left foot. Straighten body and let arm swing down. (on beat) 3) Take your left foot and step a baby step sorta diagonal. At the same time tilt your body very slightly to the right. Bring your left arm a little forward. Keep your arm relaxed and sort of swing it forward and bend it to a little under 90 deg. (on beat) 4) Right foot parallel with left foot. Straighten body and let arm swing down. (on beat) 5) Repeat. So I guess it's a bit like tilted marching but you have an intermediate step =). Try it out and tell me how it goes. p.s. always have your palms down... we don't want to be raising the roof or serving someone.
post #42 of 51
Oh also... try to make it look "cool", so no bouncing all over, and if you want to, at the apex of your arm swing you can add a little "pop". So at the top of your swing just tense up your arm. If this doesn't work... don't do it =) Also... make sure your arms stay closish to the body.... we don't want funky chicken or punching =)
post #43 of 51
Good description Jee. I could see it in my head pretty well as I was reading it. How long have you been breaking? I set up a vote-judged breakdance competition (I know so little about breaking myself) at the gym I work at and saw some incredibly skilled people. I guess it helps to offer $200 to the winner (although I know that's nothing compared to the prizes for the huge LA competitions).
post #44 of 51
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The Hitch routine is a good foundation. The only problem with it is that it really keeps your upper body rigid and if you move your hips doing it, it makes you look like you're pulling a very bad "robot" =). I have a simple suggestion for what to do with your upper body. When you're moving back and forth, you can try this: Keep your feet about shoulder length apart and parallel... this should always be your starting position. 1) Take your right foot and step a baby step sorta diagonal. At the same time tilt your body very slightly to the left. Bring your right arm a little forward. Keep your arm relaxed and sort of swing it forward and bend it to a little under 90 deg.  (on beat) 2) Right foot parallel with left foot. Straighten body and let arm swing down.  (on beat) 3) Take your left foot and step a baby step sorta diagonal. At the same time tilt your body very slightly to the right. Bring your left arm a little forward. Keep your arm relaxed and sort of swing it forward and bend it to a little under 90 deg.  (on beat) 4) Right foot parallel with left foot. Straighten body and let arm swing down.  (on beat) 5) Repeat. So I guess it's a bit like tilted marching but you have an intermediate step =). Try it out and tell me how it goes. p.s. always have your palms down... we don't want to be raising the roof or serving someone.
Thanks, I'm trying, but I think I sort of look awkward doing it. This is gonna take awhile....
post #45 of 51
I've been breaking for about 3-4 years now? So I'm still just a beginner. The people that came to your comp have probably been breaking for about 10... Thanks for the compliment on my description =)
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