HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR UNIQUE STYLE AS A DANCER

Do you have your own unique style as a dancer???

YES, YOU DO.

Although you draw inspiration from dancers that you look up to, YOU still dance like… well, you.

Whether you know it or not, your unique style as a dancer is just waiting to be discovered,  developed, and shared with the world!

Follow this guide to bring out that flavour that’s just waiting to shine~

What kind of music do you like?

Dance comes from the music.

Rather than trying to come up with some dance moves out of nowhere, start by listening to music you love.

House? Gangster rap? Acoustic covers of Adele songs?

Make a playlist of the songs that make you want to dance.

Then, let them make you dance.

How would you move if you’ve never seen ANY dance moves before?

But even if you want to move organically, you’ve already seen too many videos of people dancing to almost every genre of music…

And there are so many dancers that you look up to and want to emulate.

Just for a bit though, try to forget those videos and those dancers.

It’s just you.

Let go, and let your body react to the sounds.

Many street styles were created exactly like this.

People were at clubs and parties and just did the things their bodies felt like doing.

There were no rules, no mirrors, no trophies to win, no YouTube videos to copy.

They just went to have fun, vibe out with each other, and let the music make the moves.

Then later, they were like “Dang, that’s pretty cool. Let’s make it a thing.”

You, too, can make your own unique style as a dancer by first letting your body free.

 

Put some structure around it

It’s not that you should ignore whatever training you’ve had so far.

If anything, it’s about building on top of your base of movement as you explore different pathways and pictures.

Don’t try to “look like Keone” or just do the footwork you’ve learned from House sessions, but use that knowledge and muscle memory to guide your movement.

Continue refining those movements through training.

Learn fundamental styles that you gravitate towards, whether it’s Popping or House or Ballet or Ballroom.

These drills can help shape your movement and give more direction in your freestyles, choreography, or execution.

Think of your dancing as a coloring book.

You color the shapes in with your own flavor, but having that outline helps define and polish your movements.

Do you have your own unique style as a dancer?

YES, YOU DO.

Although you draw inspiration from dancers that you look up to, YOU still dance-like well, you.

Whether you know it or not, your unique style as a dancer is just waiting to be discovered, developed, and shared with the world!

You can trace dancers’ styles back to their different influences

They all have different tastes, train under different people, and go through different experiences that make their style what it is

It’s about using everything you have – the muscle memory your body developed from ballet training from when you were 5, choreography influence from the directors on your team, creative inspiration from those sessions in the parking lot

Take all of those ingredients to cook up your own unique style as a dancer!

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