As they say, practice makes perfect. That is no different with line dancing. Line dancing involves choreography. Thus, it would be best if you learned all the moves needed to be able to dance.
If you are a beginner, start slowly by learning a couple of steps and sequences at a time. The more you repeat the choreography, the better you will get. So, practice every chance you get.
Besides practising, there are general dancing tips that could help you with line dancing. Some of these tips include:
You must invest in comfortable dancing shoes. However, do not jump right into it. There are factors that you will need to consider first before buying your dancing shoes.
For instance, wait until you have attended maybe two lessons to determine if you would like to continue with the dancing classes.
The right shoes
You might need a pair of dancing shoes if you find yourself dancing regularly in social places and maybe events. Choose your shoes depending on the kind of dance you will be participating in.
For instance, women’s western boots are ideal for country line dancing.
You are a beginner in line dancing and barely know the moves. At this point, you may well want to look the part to fit in with those round about you. Jeans and a shirt are a great place to start. But more importantly, make sure that you wear smooth-soled boots.
Try to remember that line dancing is all about having fun and socialising. So, as you try to get the right attire, make sure you go for something comfortable.
Perhaps down the line as you become more familiar with the routines and dances, you can enter a competition. There may be specific clothing requirements for competing. Worry about that if and when you do decide to enter.
Getting the moves
As a beginner, you might start wondering if you will ever get the dancing moves. If that is your situation, you might want to go to the middle of the lesson group.
If you stay on the outside, you will end up being a leader every fourth time. The middle is less stressful for beginners as you learn the moves.
Practice over and over
If you want to learn the dance moves fast, then you have to practice beyond your dancing class. Do not just go home, sit and wait for the next training. The practice is the difference between a competent dancer and one who is still struggling to remember the moves.
While at home, try to perfect the moves you learnt during the training. This helps to solidify what you learnt in class and means you are ready for some more steps at your next lesson.
The tunes and timing
Most people are fans of English country dance due to the beautiful and varied music that is associated with it. The songs vary from rollicking to fast and slow rhythms too. While dancing, dancers are expected to keep up with the different tunes.
You have to try and match your steps to the beats. If you fall behind, wait for the next movement and get back in time with the music and other dancers.
Do not panic or apologise for not getting the moves right. Everyone was a beginner at some point. Relax, smile and try to get it right as best you can.
Competitive line dancing
For competitive line dancing, the rules might differ depending on the governing body. Mostly, dancers wear boots. However, there is a wide range of competitive boots that are more flexible than the rigid country and western boots. Latin shoes or dance sneakers can be worn in some specific line dances.
Do not rush out to buy these specific shoes, wait until you see if the competition is something you want to do. In the meantime, have fun, enjoy the music and learning new routines and steps.
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