Dance is the language of the soul. It allows the expression of emotions and creativity. It is a universal language that transcends cultures, bringing people together. The moment music is on and the beat is right, feet start tapping as if by instinct, like an involuntary reflex.
Evolution has it that dancing was a way for our prehistoric ancestors to bond and communicate, particularly during tough times. Hence, dance comes naturally to us.
Every now and then we break into a dance, be it at a wedding or in front of a mirror. Some are born dancers, some hone their skills in the art and some of us can’t dance to save our lives but would love to learn how to dance.
As kids we had all the time in the world to invest in our hobbies and a strong will to follow our passion, but as we grow old, with increased responsibilities it gets more difficult for some of us to take out time to follow our dreams.
You could be someone reading this behind a desk in your 9to6 job, or a homemaker looking after her family and kids, thinking about those carefree days in school/college and the excitement of the practice sessions for an upcoming Teachers’ Day celebration, Farewell or Fest competition.
Those were the days! Or were they?
Like how it’s said “Better late than never”, we still have some hope left with the internet backing us up. There are numerous ways to learn dance online from the comfort of your home with the help of various portals and instructors giving online dance classes. The Internet has made it easy to get access to content around dance from around the world. Be it blogs, dance videos, free and subscription-based online dance classes, you have it all.
To make things easier for you, we have compiled 5 easy ways to learn dance online:
DECIDE THE DANCE FORM
- There are so many different dance forms out there that it may get difficult to choose from. Where to begin is the biggest hurdle, but it’s actually not that difficult.
- If you already know the style you like or want to learn then kudos to you, but if you are still deciding then start with understanding the kind of music you like.
- What music do you listen to? Is it hip hop, Jazz, EDM or are you a die-hard Bollywood fan? If you’ve answered this then you already know where to start. Choose your favorite song and you are good to go.
SET THE MOOD RIGHT
Find a comfortable spot with ample space; plug in your music, do some stretching to warm up the body and you are ready to groove. Try and record what you are doing so that you can review it later and perfect your steps. It’s even better if there is a mirror in the room for immediate review.
LEARN DANCE TECHNIQUES ONLINE
Dance isn’t only about synchronized movements along music. You may know your steps well, but if you aren’t aware of the right technique then your finished piece would look far from perfect. A few things to keep in mind are:
- A well-aligned body
- Strong and engaged core
- Clean and complete movements &
- A calm demeanor
To improve your skills even further, try and explore online dance videos and online dance tutorials for inspiration and to learn basic techniques. Watch different videos to understand the basics of different styles of dance. Online platforms like YouTube have a huge repository of dance videos that you can use to watch and learn. You will even find free and subscription-based online dance classes that you can register on and improve on your skills.
Always remember that repetition is key to perfection. When you practice, you use your skills and you build on them. Small amounts of daily practice would give you exponential results and help you remember steps and improve your technique. It helps you build confidence, endurance and bring quality to your dance.
LEARN on Dancewithmadhuri.com
Dance with Madhuri TM (DWM), is a platform by Madhuri Dixit. It’s the world’s first celebrity-backed, online, gamified dance academy that creates a place where you are allowed to learn dance online, stay fit, and unite with the world.
DWM gives its users the chance to learn dance at home. These online dance classes by Madhuri Dixit and other celebrity choreographers give you a chance to learn various dance styles in the most systematic, authentic and convenient way possible.
You can learn everything from Bollywood, Street Dancing, Indian Classical, Club, Latin, Ballroom and Contemporary Jazz. Apart from these dance forms, there’s special emphasis on Fitness which includes:
- Dancercise (Dance + Exercise)
- Body Conditioning Workout
- Core Strengthening
- Tabata (High-Intensity Interval Training Workout)
- Functional Training
It allows users to exhibit their talents by uploading their videos, progress and much more. Simply said, it allows you to dance as if no one is watching, anytime, anywhere and with anyone.
All of the videos have a free preview. If you want access to actual learning sessions, you need to pay a small subscription fee.