Some people sign up for dance lessons as a way to feel more confident in their dance skills. Others want to learn to dance so they can enjoy an upcoming wedding or vacation. Then there are those who are truly passionate about dancing, putting in hours of practice every week with the hopes to become the best dancers they can be. Whether you want to become a competitive dancer, or you just want to keep improving your skills, there are several things you can do that will help you become a better dancer. Check out this post from Modern Ballroom Dance Studio in Woodbridge to learn more.

 

When it comes to becoming a good dancer, most people will tell you that practice is key. And, while we wouldn’t disagree with them, there’s much more to becoming a good dancer than just practicing. Here are a few of the things you can do to improve your skills quickly.

Set Goals

When it comes to achieving something you desire, it’s important to set goals. This goes for just about anything — dancing, getting the job you want, buying the house of your dreams — all of these things are attainable, but you have to start with setting a goal. 

So, how do you go about setting a goal for dancing? First, determine what it is that you want to do. Do you want to be the best jazz dancer you can be? Or, do you want to dance against other people and win competitions? No matter what you decide, clearly identifying what you want (and don’t want)  is the first step in setting your goal. Once you’ve done that, you can go about creating a roadmap that will guide you each step of the way and help you stay on track. 

Focus on a Dance Style That Inspires You

There are dozens of different dance styles, and chances are you’ll learn the basics of a few different ones, but when it comes to what you’re going to focus on, make sure to choose a style that really speaks to you. Dancing is hard work, and there will be days when you just don’t feel like practicing. Choosing a dance style that inspires you will keep you motivated and encourage you to keep at it — even when you’re feeling less-than-ambitious. 

Practice Consistently

You’ve probably heard it a hundred times before — in order to get really good at anything, you have to practice consistently. With dancing, that means practicing every day and continuing to take dance lessons multiple times per week. Dance lessons aren’t just for beginners. Lessons help you refine your fundamentals, improve faster, and work through difficult dances. You may want to also consider private lessons with an experienced instructor to help you progress even faster or focus on specific things you want to learn. 

Practice At Home

Don’t assume that you can take off your dance shoes and forget about them until your next dance lesson. If you want to become a better dancer, you have to practice outside the studio as well. While your guest room might not be ideal for completing a full ballroom dance, you can certainly practice some moves and review the choreography. Just taking some extra time to stretch and focus on your posture will help you progress and stay focused on the goal that lies ahead.  

Think Positively

All dancers — both novice and professional — struggle with maintaining a positive attitude. Much of what makes a dancer successful is all in their head. Unfortunately, once you start to doubt your abilities or replay your mistakes in your head, you’ll notice your performance starts to go downhill quickly. 

Committing to becoming a better dancer is just that — a commitment — and no one ever said it would be easy. You’ll have good days and bad, and there will be some moves that you just can’t seem to master. Just keep in mind that with perseverance and a positive attitude, you’ll keep progressing.  

Work on Improving Strength and Posture

Just as many serious athletes do, if you want to become a better dancer, you have to cross-train. Cross-training just means incorporating other forms of exercise into your practice that will help improve your dancing. Strength training is one such thing that can help you build stronger leg muscles for better form and more stamina. Another type of cross-training exercise that could be beneficial is doing yoga or Pilates workouts. Both focus on posture, flexibility, core strength, and elongating the spine — all of which are key elements to focus on for a dancer.  

Find the Right Dance Studio

Finding a dance studio where you feel welcome and inspired is key to advancing your dancing skills. Not only that, but you’ll also want to make sure the place you choose has qualified instructors with years of experience in professional dance as well as teaching. Even a well-qualified instructor isn’t the right one for you if you don’t connect and feel comfortable working with them. Before choosing the dance studio for you, make sure to take a tour of the facility, meet some of the instructors and ask plenty of questions about the dance lessons they offer and how they’ll help you achieve your goals.

Call Modern Ballroom Dance Studio in Woodbridge

Are you looking to take your dancing skills to the next level? Or, maybe you’re interested in joining the exciting world of competitive dance. Whether you’re just beginning or you’ve been dancing for years, Modern Ballroom Dance Studio in Woodbridge is the perfect place for you. 

Our experienced instructors share your passion for dance and want to help you achieve whatever it is that you want to do. We offer over a dozen different types of dance classes as well as programs that focus on competitive dance, social dance, and dancing for weddings and quinceaneras. Whether you’re just starting or you’re training for a competition, you’ll experience inspiration and support through working closely with our highly-trained dance instructors who are dedicated to your success. Give us a call today to learn more about our studio or stop by for a tour.