Learning a new skill can be frustrating. When you first begin dancing it can feel like you’re flying through lessons, learning and mastering your new skills quickly. Over time, your upward trajectory plateaus as you begin to learn more and harder things. When this happens, you shouldn’t be discouraged. Everyone hits this point. What’s important to remember is that everyone has been at that point, and it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. All it means is you need to practice more. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Mastering a new skill like dancing takes time, dedication, and lots and lots of practice. But the good news is, the more times you do a certain exercise or dance move, the better you’ll get at it. This is due largely to muscle memory. Your body stores memories of how to do things, including dance moves, in the nuclei of your cells, and the more you practice doing those things, the stronger the memory in your cells are, and the better you’ll be able to do those things over time.
Practicing isn’t always a physical movement, sometimes it’s what’s inside of your head. Visualization is an important part of practicing. You can visualize by imagining yourself perfectly executing dance moves and routines when you close your eyes. It can be difficult to imagine at first, but over time you’ll get better at it, and it’ll help you run through those moves and routines in real life too.
The Power of Video
An easy way to help yourself get better at dancing more quickly is by watching professional dance videos. Like visualization, you can use these recordings to imagine yourself doing what the professional dancers in the videos are doing. Watching and mimicking other dancers is a great way to experiment with style. Even better, you can record yourself in practice and watch the videos when you get back home to see what you might be doing wrong. This is an easy way to continue to get better even on the days when you’re resting and recovering.
Practice Outside of Practice
What they say is true: practice makes perfect. Practicing with others is always the best way to learn quickly, because you can see how what you’re doing compares to what they’re doing, but it’s not always possible. On the days you don’t have scheduled practice, you should continue to practice on your own. This will help to keep you from stagnating as a dancer, and make you better at feeling in tune with your body and the music you’re dancing to.
The best way to get better at dancing is by practicing. Practicing increases your muscle memory, helping you to perfect your moves over time. However, practicing isn’t just about scheduled practices. You can also practice on your own, practice by visualizing, and mentally practice by watching videos of yourself and other dancers. At the end of the day, the more you practice the better you’ll get.