Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.
― Martha Graham
Many people claim that they cannot dance, or that dancing is simply not their cup of tea. Well, we are here to tell you that dancing is one of the most expressive and active forms of art that can be learned with passion and without taking too many efforts. All it needs is the right coordination of the body movements with the music and practice.
Though choreographing a good dance routine can feel a little challenging and overwhelming, but if executed properly, absolutely anybody can master this art. The level of difficulty may range from simple dance steps to advanced ballet techniques. This not only requires proper coordination, but also the ability to memorize steps in a set order.
◼ Break down the routine into a series of common steps and combinations. Learn the steps as well as the name of the steps so that once you are familiar with them, you will be able to memorize the entire routine faster.
◼ Selection of right music is important for the success of the dance. Select a piece of music that possesses certain beats and tempo changes. Listen to the music closely, and try to relate the steps with the beats and the lyrics of the song.
◼ Assign a few moves for each set that fit the beat and lyrics of the song perfectly. Make sure to end each set with such a move that it will enable you to follow next set easily.
◼ If you are learning from a dance instructor, watch the instructor closely when he/she is demonstrating the steps. Before trying the step on your own, wait until your instructor finishes demonstrating. Mimicking steps while the instructor is demonstrating can actually make you miss some part of it, so watch him/her carefully and then try.
◼ Once you are through with the steps, practice them in a mirrored room so that if required, you can make necessary changes to add a better finish to your dance routine.
◼ First, estimate the level of your dancing skills, and decide if you want your dance to be easy or relatively hard. Hip hop can be a bit difficult to learn if you're not much of a dancer. However, it is not impossible, and you can certainly learn with practice and patience.
◼ Before choreographing, choose the music for your hip hop routine and borrow ideas from different videos so that you will have the most up-to-date moves.
◼ Start choreographing with simple 8-step sequences that are easy to remember. If you are teaching others, keep in mind the level of difficulty of the dance and the skills of your dancers.
◼ Continue choreographing 8-count sequences until you have sufficient steps to finish your song. Practice your routine in a mirrored room so that you can see the routine from all angles and if any finishing is required, you can do it.
◼ Before beginning with your choreography, select the music as per the dancers' skills, as salsa music has 180 beats per minute, which sometimes can be difficult to follow.
◼ Salsa has an 8-beat pattern, generated of two bars of 4 beats each.
◼ The simple and basic salsa step is on counts 1, 2, and 3, where one partner steps forward, and the other shifts his/her weight to the preceding support foot, keeping it in place and then stepping backwards. On the counts 5, 6, and 7, the latter has to step backwards and shift the weight to the preceding support foot, keeping it in place and then stepping forward again.
◼ This simple step forms the basis for multiple salsa routines. Practice repeatedly in a mirrored room to be aware of your routine from all perspectives.
While practicing these easy dance routines, don't be too hard on yourself if it seems to take you a bit longer to learn than other people. With time and practice, the ability to learn these routines will improve, and eventually you will be able to learn complicated steps and combinations as well. Good luck!