Have you ever watched the flow of a performer at a fire jam and wondered why you can’t stop staring at his performing even though the tricks that he is doing aren’t that impressive? Why is it that the presence on stage of this performer is so captivating even though right next to him are performers with far greater skill in spinning/juggling?
Juggling and spinning can be easily done without any moves that could be considered dancing. However, I believe that this neglecting of dance is a great disadvantage of many otherwise great juggling and spinning performers.
Non Dancer “ So you’re telling me that I should learn a triple pirouette in order to become a better juggler or spinner?”
My point is for you to realize that during a performance the audience sees your whole body. Not only your hands and the equipment you are holding. It would be great for you to start thinking about what the rest of your body does when you perform and you are concentrating on your hands.
But I have never danced before and I don’t think I have the capability to do so. I am very shy.
How can you know that you will fail at dancing if you have never really tried it before? Also since you haven’t really practiced dancing it is completely normal that this activity makes you uncomfortable. But trust me, it is a matter of time and practice. I am an incredibly shy person and gradually over time, I became comfortable with dancing until I managed to dance alongside professional dances in a musical theatre performance.
If you are paralyzed by your fears that try to start out by dancing in complete darkness. Nobody will see you and even the mirror won’t reveal to you how you look during your dancing.
Ok, but I really don’t know where to start. Should I imitate the girls on Tiktok or find some ballet lessons on Youtube?
You’ve already managed the first step. You are reading an article on how to start dancing. I can suggest exercises that have worked for me. The first and most important is to change your approach to thinking about movement.
Think about what you want to express by your moves.
Dance is a way of expressing yourself. It is a form of art – nonverbal communication. you don’t have to learn special dance variations, turns, jumps, and steps in order to advance your performing skill by movement and dance. Observe how the moves that come to you naturally feel. What impression do they leave on you when you watch yourself in the mirror or on a video recording? Dancing has many varieties and forms. My point is for you to start thinking about the moves that your body does while dancing and what impression they leave on the audience.
How to make a nondancer move?
Dancing is just as natural to us as walking for example. Most people who claim that they are nondancers just haven’t really found their way to dancing. The point of this article is to show you ways how you can upgrade your style of moving and performing. And so all the following exercises that I will be talking about are based on your dancing improv. As one wise man once said: “Copying and learning from others is great, but it will slow down your own creativity.”
Only by experimenting, can you find a way that will work best for you.
Try out these exercises, it only takes a few minutes:
- Stand in front of a mirror and try to observe how you can express different emotions by your body posture. Try to express love, determination, or joy… How would a ninja stand? How would an elegant ballerina stand? How does a person who realizes his body posture stand?
- Play various songs with different atmospheres and tempos. What different moves have these songs lead you to? Can you perform the same moves on all of these different songs and still make it fit? A slow lyrical ballad and also an energetic song?
- Try to do one more very fluently and then the same move spasmodically. Try to play some music and incorporate this into your improvisation.
- tempo – Improvise to any song and try to concentrate on the tempo of your moves. You can slow down and move only to every other beat or on the contrary go twice as fast. You can listen and follow the tempo of the drum, highs, and lows of the vocals or guitars. And also it is very important to realize you do not have to follow the music absolutely perfectly.
- Don’t know what to do with your hands when you’re not holding any equipment? Try imitating everyday activities in the rhythm of the music. For example, try pretending like you are putting on a jumpsuit. One leg, then the other, putting on the sleeves, zipping it up.
- Elegant feel? Pointy toes are the key, but what to do with them right? Try to stand on one leg and with the other pretend you are writing letters on the ground. A, B, C, D, E… And so on. When you don’t know what to do with your feet in your choreographies, write letters on the ground.
- Try to improvise to any music in your own style and slowly try to gradually get lower until you lie down completely. Then get back up again. Try to find all sorts of weird ways in which you can lie down. Very often during performances, we tend to use the space around us only in a horizontal manner.
I hope these exercises will be helpful to you just like they were to me. Just remember, that it will become easier and more natural over time. With repetition, you will soon build your own personal style of dance that will upgrade your spinning/ juggling performances.