A lot of my dance students get frustrated when they’re starting out.  Maybe they aren’t getting the results they want right away, or maybe they aren’t confident that they’ll be able to execute the moves at the wedding reception.  Whatever the reason, frustration is totally normal.

My advice is to always turn off their brain.  Most of my dance students are young professionals in New York, which is safe to say that a most of them are pretty intelligent people.  Unfortunately, those people happen to attack dance moves mentally, and over-think each step.  You can probably guess what happens if your mind is racing, thinking about each detail of the move.  It doesn’t look natural, and they fall behind in tempo.

By turning off your brain’s inner dialogue and simplifying your thoughts about dance moves, you’ll gain mental freedom.  Your body will do what feels natural.  Luckily, you can train your body feel confident with certain movements over time.  It’s just like learning to riding a bike, learning to drive, or learning how to lift weights properly.  Once you practice enough, body instinctively knows what to do. Did you learn to drive in an hour, probably not.  You need to give your body time to learn how it feels to shift gears.  By turning off your brain and repeating steps that encourage good form, eventually your muscle memory kicks in and you won’t need to think about steps going forward.

That’s the goal isn’t it? To dance without worrying about what to do?

Luckily for Hip Hop dance, most of the moves push and pull against the body in a way that makes sense.  My exercises of “pulling up your pants,” rocking your hips, and doing “the Karate Kid” put dancing into a context your body already knows.  Once you become comfortable with one move, we’ve been able to see how that move can be altered to create different variations.

So don’t give up!  These free online videos are just the tip of the iceberg.  You need to continue to practice these moves and if you need any additional help, sign up for some exclusive content, and I’ve got a few videos that might help you practice more.