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Warm up dance exercises- These are what you should do daily

When it comes to dance practice everyone needs to understand the impact of not exercising has to an individual. This can effect a person’s performance or even their life in general.

This is the reason that it is important to have always have warm up dance exercises before practice and they have to be thorough and precise.

In this article I will be talking about the best warm up exercises you can incorporate today

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Why do you need to warm up for dancing?

The reason for warming up is so that you do not have cramps when you start you actual session.

Another reason for warming up is for you to ensure if you body is ready for the work ahead.

Just like you do not just start you car in the morning especially winter (well I know some people do though) you also do not want to do that to you muscles which were basically asleep before.

According to nmsi warm up helps increase the circulation to the joints and muscles which is what helps you perform the best at practice and prevents many injuries.

Foot twist exercise

Doing a foot twist exercise is the best way to keep you feet flexible strong before starting you practice.

Failing to do this can make you develop cramps on you calf muscles and make you fail practice at all.

The foot exercise is done by standing up and then lifting up you right leg and rolling you foot in a clockwise motion for 1 minute and the doing the same thing in the anticlockwise direction.

You then change you feet and do the same for the left foot.

Below is a video illustrating the part of creating a circle to work you ankles.

Head roll

Rolling you head about the neck will help relieve the stiffness of you neck before you start with you practice.

All you have to do is to rotate the head in a clockwise direction and thereafter 2 minutes you rotate anticlockwise. Simple as that.

Please note that this exercise must be done slowly or else you run the risk of breaking you neck before you dance practice.

Head roll is must be done even when you are going to a competition as you also need the upper body to be warm and ready for the said exercise.

Walking lounge and butt kicks

You want to make you legs and you hips get stronger by doing it actively (in motion).

This will help you have cardio while you are getting warmed up.

The but kicks needs to be done 30 seconds at a time as this will give you the strength you need.

Below is a video which will show you how these exercises are done effectively.

Slight jogging

We all know the benefits of jogging for warm up however if done the wrong way it can cause a disaster.

I would recommend that you do the jogging right after you do the above exercise not as a first thing for practice.

This is because jogging is similar to running it will need all you muscles to start working already.

So this is where the above exercises come in to help you get started.

I do recommend jogging the whole time before or after a dance practice as this will help muscles get warmed up and also warmed down.

Final thoughts

When it comes to exercising it is vital to ensure you do the right exercise for that specific sport.

You can not be warming up with swimming if you will be doing ballet as this is not related.

For any dance warm up make sure that you focus on the exercise like neck rolling, butt kicks and foot/ankle twist which will ease you into you practice.

Warming up is the most important aspect for any activity not just sport as long as you are doing something that will help you.

I hope this article was helpful in making sure that you understand the exercises needed before you start dancing.

If you have any question or comments to add you are more than welcome to leave them below.

5 best ways of how to find a dance partner-This works all the times

As dancers, we have all been at a place where we were in need of a partner to rock the dance floor with. This can be hard at times especially if we are new in dancing or at a specific to find a dance partner

This is why it is important that we have to learn the skill of how to find a dancer partner at whichever stage of our lives we are at.

Thankfully we are living in an age where we are more engage with our potential partners since social media has made our work a bit easier.

However, we still do need to learn know the fundamental ways to go about it. In this article I will be talking about the best ways you can find the right partner for you specifically.

OK folks enough talking let’s start.

Understand the fundamentals

Before we talk about how to find a dance partner I want to first address some vital fundamentals to keep in mind always.

There are 5 key points you should always be looking in a potential partner that can help your partnership last longer and win more.

Related: How to win a dance competition

Remember this is like choosing a business part. So here they are:

  • Loyalty

Loyalty is the number character for a partner who will last. You need a partner that will always know that he or she is in debited to you.

I know this can be hard to see especially when you just met a person, however you can always do this by finding out the background about him or her.

Another way you can do this also is by asking your partner qualified questions which link to how loyal he or she was to their previous partner(s).

An example: “How many partners have you had and what was the reason you broke up?

This question checks how committed they were and it will reveal if they were the problem or their previous partner was the problem.

  • Ability

Your partner’s potential talent or skill can be a huge bonus. Please note that this does not only mean that they must be good talent wise, but this could mean they easily grasp what they are taught.

This can be found within a few days when you are doing try-outs.

  • Communication

This can also be assessed while you are engaging with the new partner to see how well and fast they communicate things to you.

This can even be that they tell you their weaknesses at the beginning. This will show how far you will go with this person.

According to Thought catalog communication is what breaks many types of relationships and sometimes above trust. Well in dancing it is no different.

So make sure you look out for these signs of communication on Thought Catalog.

  • Respect

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Again this characteristic is difficult to dictate because it is needs to be seen over time. This is the reason I say that I say try to find a little a bit of history of your potential dance partner.

  • Applied faith

Applied faith simply means that the potential partner simple does not give up easily and has a lot of faith in their dream of dancing.

This can be easily found by just asking the person many qualified questions such as the goals they have and how long they are willing to stay the course.

  • Positive mental attitude

Let’s face it you can never achieve great things with a person who is negative,but you can go through anything with a person who has a positive mindset.

This is very true for a sport or an activity like dancing, so you need a positive minded person who is always positive.

Now that we know the fundamentals now let us look us continue with ways of finding a dance partner.

1. Social media is powerful

how to find a dance partner

The first step of how to find a dance partner can be social media as it is one of the easiest.

We are living in a world whereby social media drives our lives so that is why it is the best way of how to find a dance partner. So why not use it?

Related: How to learn ballroom dance

Social media platforms are vast so it is even easier to find a partner.

Most people I know in dance have found their partners through social media.

2. Your genre-specific dance clubs

Without a doubt finding a dance partner has always been easily how to find a dance partnerdone by simply attending a dance club.

Let me ask you a question: Where are you likely to catch a shark? at a lake or in the ocean?

We all know that at the ocean


This is because while the lake also has water like the Ocean the Shark does not live there. So it is the same with dance: You can not go to a tap dancing or Latin American dance studio to find a ballroom dance partner.

I hope you get the idea I am trying to communicate here.

3. Use your networks

how to find a dance partner

You know the saying “your net worth is your network”?

Well this is true, so it is vital that you really look into people you know in dancing who might be able to be in the know how. The best thing is just to ask.

4. Go to dance websites for partner search

how to find a dance partner

There are many dance websites for searching for a dance partner on the web so you can have a feast on those.

Although most tend to be country or region specific it is good to look for one in your area.

The best way could be to type the following on google: dance partners in “YOUR LOCATION”

An example if I live in South Africa I could type; Dance partner in South Africa

If I want to narrow down: dance partners in Durban.

5. Attend competitions and look and ask around

This technique is another great one similar to going to a dance club. However, with this your chances are more magnified than ever.

This is because you see a lot of people who are watching competitions and some might be looking for a partner.

So you can use a general dance (when it is a break in between the competition) to dance with someone you have spotted in the audience.

Take home message

When it comes to finding a dance partner it involves an easy yet detailed process.

You first to need to ensure that their character is one that will take you guys far such as loyalty, Communication, respect and applied faith.

However, once you know the characteristics that are needed in a partner to be successful you than need to ensure that you use many ways to find a partner.

Fortunately these days there are many ways we can find our dancer partner like going to dance competitions and social media to name a few.

So use all these resources and I am sure you will find the best partner for your dance career.

I hope you enjoyed this article of how to find a dance partner, If you have any comments or and questions to add you are more than welcome to do so in the comment section below.

Rumba in the jungle-What we learned as dancers

We have traveled to many dance competitions throughout South Africa and we have had privileged to see different provinces and cultures, but having participated in the Rumba in the jungle has been Rumba in the junglethe most unique experience.

This is an International dance festival held in South Africa.

We have attended this major competition two times already and we can safely say that there is a lot one can anticipate going to this competition.

In this article I will be talking about the experiences we gained in the Rumba in the jungle and what we did not really enjoy.


Rumba in the jungle is an international festival that is held at the Sun City in the North West province, South Africa.

This province was chosen due to the cultural aspects it has and also due to that it has one of the best entertainment aspects.

Rumba in the jungle

Myself and my partner can vouch to the beauty of this place since we have been there more than 3 times.

If you have never been to Sun City these here are the places that you rumba in the junglewill get to see:

  • The Valley of waves
  • Casinos
  • Safari an d wildlife
  • Family and kids entertainment
  • Shopping
  • Spa,health and beauty

Dancing categories and locations

Since Rumba in the jungle is a very big dance festival it incorporates many dance genres like ballroom (competitive and Pro-am and social), Latin,Hip hop, Line dancing, drum and many more.

rumba in the jungle

Due to so many dance genres happening at the same time there are different venues to accommodate these activities, Mainly two halls are used.

Combination of dance associations

The best aspects about this festival is that it combines all dance associations which make it a unique dance competition in South Africa.

I am happy that despite all federations having their own agenda they decide to leave all their issue at home and join forces to attend this event.

This is great for us competitors since this helps us grow and also get to dance with all SA dancers so we can see how we dance at an national levels with all federations in the country and possibly the world.


rumba in the jungle

The accommodation for the Rumba in the jungle is all around SunCity.

Most dancers however report they hardly get accommodation within SunCity due to its high prices.

Related: Why is ballroom dancing so expensive?

Below are some of the places that help us get good deals for when we are booking in places like within Sun City.

These are all the deals that you can take advantage of so you can save money when you go to Sun City.

It is best to book a bit early to get these deals and I find this is the best resources for booking.


Competition Experience

We have competed in this festival for two years (2017 and 2018) in Professional ballroom and came 1st and second respectively.

What we enjoyed the most was the dance hall which had a very international look and this is something rare to happen in South Africa.

Most people, I have been told, go to compete in Sun City just for the hall experience and nothing else…and I wouldn’t blame them at all….

Below is a video of us competing in 2018 Rumba in the jungle.

The highlights of the dance festival-Great dance exposure

The highlight of this event is the fact that dancing gets to be broadcasted on TV which is also something that is rare in South Africa.

Every year Sabc and super-sport come down to see and document the event from start to finish.

We and some of our students have been documented on the screens several times in this event.

Below is the video of us and our students being shown.

As you can see it was SABC news that was broadcasting this event as I mentioned above.

The negatives

As with any event there are negative sides to this event too and I will name a few that we saw.

  • Moving around in Sun City with crowded buses

Although SunCity has buses that help you move around, we found this such a big mission especially when you have to go into these buses and be squashed with other tourists.

Rumba in the Jungle

Do not get me wrong I am not saying we should not mix with other tourists as dancers, but I am saying the buses should not be so crowded.

This is because it causes so much frustration for dancers before and after they have danced and I see this regularly when I go to this festival in SunCity.

  • Bus schedules can be frustrating for dancers

Let’s be honest there are no bus proper schedule and what is more a dancers time is determined by the bus about drama!

This is one of the factors that made our parents not want to attend competitions in SunCity.

This is because they cannot manage their time well  due to the bus irregular times.

Final thoughts

The SunCity Rumba in the jungle is a great event that happens annually in South Africa and it draws a lot of dancers together.

There are many benefits of this event like dancing getting exposure and also dancers having to visit a places full or great tourist attractions such as wildlife and Valley of the waves and more.

There are also negatives that are their for dancers with regards to the venue such as the mobility in and around SunCity in general.

All in all the International festival is great for dancers and I would go any day to compete there due to the international standard of the competition itself.

I hope my article about what it is like in the Rumba in the Jungle was very helpful for you.

If you have any questions or you want to add comments you are welcome to comment below and I would be more than happy to engage with you.




How to learn ballroom dancing-The three rules to always have in mind

Many people are rather scared when it comes to dancing ballroom dancing compared to other dance genres like Latin American, But if you are serious about how to learn ballroom dancing there are few things that can help you.

Most people do not know these steps because they are never told before they start dancing.

This leads to their whole ballroom dancing career being jeopardized.

In this article I will be walking you through how you can learn this beautiful skill by just adopting three rules.

Why is ballroom dancing hard?-why many people struggle

Before I get into the three rules for how to learn ballroom dancing let me address the issue as to why many dancers see ballroom as a hard genre to learn.

Ballroom dancing is a very different genre in the dancing world compared to all genres (hip hop, Latin, belly dancing, tap etc).

This is because in ballroom dancing you have to be dancing with a partner 100{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7} of the time and in that time you need to execute the best moves.

Now you can imagine how hard this can be especially if you have never done it before.

Well for me this is totally different.

I can hear you saying “yeah yeah you have so much experience and stuff.”.

But what if I say this genere can be easy if you just focus on one thing?

I am sure you will be shocked. Well you can do that.

Let me tell you a secret.

You see most people struggle in ballroom because they think they have to match their partner and try be good together.

Well this is what you should never try to do as a ballroom dancer.

What you need to do as a ballroom dancer is to assume you are a single entity and that you need to execute your part (alone) fully.

By focusing on your individual aspect you will utterly develop the skills for your partner to follow you (male or female).

This is how you improve and become a great dancer. Most people always fail because they are waiting for their partner in order to practice.

This is what kills the ballroom dance performance.

Let me give you an example.

When I danced with a world champ (Edita Danuite) I was able to control her without having practiced the routine with her.

And how did I do this?

I used exactly what I just told you about. You see I was confident in my dancing because of lots of practice i had done alone over the years and that led me to control her well.

Below is a video where I was directing her on the dance floor.

Now let’s go to the three rules….

Rule 1-Focus on the music

Learning to focus on music is what 99{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7} of dancers fail to do as champions.

By music Im not talking about being dancing on beat. I am talking about using musicality in your dancing to be different to everyone you are competing with.

…oh and also these days they are even judging the musicality by giving you points for it…so you see how important it is.

So what is musicality and how can you adopt it?

Musicality is you showing the audience and adjudicators that you can play around with the music while doing your routines.

Also by musicality I am not talking about choreography. Most people tend to mistake this idea.

So the more you learn to be creative with the music by either being fast and slow you show you are good.

But let me tell you that this may not be easy so you will need an expert coach to help you understand this.

I know it took me years

Rule 2-Simplicity and elegence

If you want to know how to learn ballroom dancing this one is key.

I can guarantee you that most amateur dancers struggle with this especially since dancing has evolved so much.

Most people nowadays are intrigued by crazy and athletic choreography. Yes they are good but they need to be done in a simplistic manner.

If you look at all the top ballroom dancers you will notice how the simplicity and elegance never goes away.

The likes of Mirko Gozzoli and Edita Danuite and Dmitry Zharvo and Olga, Victor Fong to name a few show this at a high level.

This is one of the reasons they do very well in competitions.

This concept I was told by Monica a former world champ, when we went to take lessons with him.

myself,my partner, Monica and Michelle

He ephasized that no matter what choreography you get we should stick to simplicity of our body dynamics.

Rule 3- Say good by to the adjudicators

So the last rule for being a great dancing is to not pay too much focus on the adjuicators upon performing or after the results.

This can make or break you. Why?

This is a psychological reason which we all tend to over look.

this is why it is vital to have goals as  dancer so you focus on the target.

When you dance you have done all you could at practice so going back to hit yourself will do you no good when you are at a competition.

I have been a victim of this until I learnt to calm my nerves and it has worked well for me.

Take home message

The most important thing to know when you are trying to learn ballroom dancing are the three rules .

The three rules will make you dance career progress way better.

Music as the first rule is very important to help you look different on the flow while the second rule of simplicity will help you seem like you know what you are doing by adjudicators.

The most important rule of all is to learn to master your mind by not paying attention at the adjudicators’s results.

I hope this article was helpful in giving you insight to improve your life.

If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below I will be happy to engage with you.



Learn to dance-Find out why this is the best skill to learn

This is a new year and this could mean a obtaining a new skill like  finding out how you can learn to dance.

This could not only be the best skill you learn but can be a way to Learn to dancehelp you get more healthy like loosing weight.

while I am on the subject of loosing weight did you know that ballroom dancing can be a great way to loose weight?

Well if you did not know you can check out this article over here to find out.

In this article I will talk about the benefits of doing dancing.

Improves intelligence

If you learn to dance you will be in the position of increasing your brain power.

This is because dancing ,especially ballroom and Latin American dancing, has the capacity to work through many of your senses such as touch,sound and sight.

So what do I mean by this?

We must remember that listening to music has been reported to have the following benefits according to GetHealthy:

  • Improves memory
  • Improves mood
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves cognition

As you can see most of the above benefits are all linked to improving the functioning of the mind.

This is what makes dancing very destructive and powerful compared to other activities like running and swimming.

I have written a detailed article about why dancing, especially ballroom dancing, improves your intelligence. You can read it here.

Improves condition of heart and lungs

This is the second reason why you should learn to dance. It improves heart and lung function.

Most people think dancing does not give you enough exercise but this is not true,

This is because dancing like ballroom and Latin American dancing, Ballet can be considered a sport.

Yes I said sport. Most people do not know this and if you are also not sure or in denial you can read this post here.

In fact I have had to focus more on dancing  because I have found that I got a lot of cardio.

Improves muscles tones, strength and endurance

learn to dance

Are you looking to improve your overall strength? then it is wise to join a dance club and learn to dance.

The most important thing to know here is that you must be dedicated to achieve this.

Remember in dancing there are dance workouts you can do straight from home if you do not wish to join a class.

You can also decide to just use dancing in social events if you are a huge socialite.

Just note that just because you are a socialite you may not know how to dance well so using these tips for dancing in a club can help you.

Are you a person who enjoys doing solo dances?

If yes then you can also join belly dance course which is very comprehensive.

In fact you can check out my number 1 recommendation for a belly dancing course for you here.

Great way to make new friends

Learn to dance

Making new friends in dancing is by far one of the easiest things to happen for you.

This is because in dancing you are either with a partner of do choreography with groups of people.

This makes the platform very easy to interact with people.

In fact Most of the friends I have made came from ballroom and Latin American dancing people.

Builds confidence

If there is another big reason that will make you learn to dance then this would should poke your emotions.

Believe it or not getting involved in any type of dancing will improve your confidence.

This is because in dancing you are generally involved in a lot of performances in front of the crowd or just a group of people.

This act alone is what has given me the confidence to perform in front of ant crowd whether dancers or not.

In fact it has helped improve my phobia of speaking public.

How is that for an improved life?..pretty cool right.

What makes it great is that I did not even realize this happening at all.

Get a lover

Learn to dance

Let’s admit that in any dance arena there are high chances of you getting a lover.

This happens more so in dance genres which involve partnerships like ballroom dancing.

To tell you a secret this was one of the reasons that made me want to join dancing years back (ha,ha).

Anyway for most people this starts being the reason to join and then later on they get addicted to the dance arena, ask me I know.


Final thoughts

There are many benefits which one gets if they decide to learn to dance.

The most important benefits are improved brain power and developing muscle tone.

While other people join dancing as a hobby it is also possible to take it as a sport.

This is the versatility the dance world has for all those who love dancing.

This is the reasons why I would always recommend people to start dancing.

If you have any questions or comments you would like to give me please comment below I will be more likely to help or hear your thoughts.






Dance schools in Durban-Your ultimate dance guide

So you are a newbie in the city and are looking for dance schools in Durban to kick off your dance career or maybe just continue dancing.

Rest assured because I have you covered here.

Having been a professional dancer myself for a decade and a half, in Durban and South Africa, I have all the information you are looking for.

I know how hard it can be to find a great dancing school to fulfil your needs so that is why I wrote this article to help you.

I have compiled for you the best dance schools around Durban that are reputable and offer the best service.

All these schools can help you become a professional dancer. Let’s start.

Dance Direction International

dance schools in Durban

Are you looking for a dance schools in Durban which has many genres well Dance Direction International could be a good fit for you.

This dance school has been operational since the 90s and developed by Des Van der Spuy and Debby Tomlinson

What is more Debby was sparked by opening a branch in London for Dance Direction International.

This is what lead to the Dance Directional International being international.

What they offer

They offer the following dance genres:

What is more is that they offer gym classes.

So if you are looking for classes which merely involve fitness or perhaps you want to add more fitness for your dance career than you could be benefit from this.

Remember on my article I did talk about the importance of dance workouts as a dancer.

Below are the gym classes they offer

  • Stretch and posture
  • Cardio work
  • Dancercise
  • Body conditioning


Dance Direction International has branches in two countries (South Africa and London)

I will list the locations of Places where they are located.

  • Durban, Glenwood
  • London

The main location is the one that is in Durban, Glenwood.


Below are the things I liked about this dance company:

  • Fully operational online

Dance Direction International has a very operational website which looks very presentable.

This makes it easier to gain trust since you can contact them easily.

You can find them on there website:

  • Has been in the market for long time

As I mentioned before this company has been in operation for more than a decade.

This shows how much of a reputation this company has in the dancing industry.

  • Has many genres

The company has many dance styles as I mentioned above.

  • Affiliations

The great thing about this company is affiliated with many  such as the SA Society for the Advancement of Dance in Durban (SASAD)

It is also affliated with The Durban DDI branch is affiliated to IAAASA (Acrobatic Society based in Pretoria)


These were the disadvantages I derived from this company.

  • No Ballroom and Latin American classes

For people looking for ballroom and Latin American dancing this company does not specialize in it.

  • No krump dance

For all the Krump enthuist this company does not offer these classes as well so you are better off checking out other studios.




Looking for dance schools in Durban which offer Salsa?

Well look no further because I have you covered with a school I recommend called Dance Salsa which is also known as HotSalsa

Again this is a company with more than a decade of experience in the dance industry, especially more specifically in Salsa.

What they offer

Hotsalsa offers merely salsa lessons as I have mentioned above.


HotSalsa is located in Musgrave, Durban and as far as my knowledge goes they do not have any branches elsewhere.

They do however have a restaurant which they operate so if you do not feel like doing the Salsa you can go to their restaurant and order yourself pizza and perhaps ask for some salsa lessons.


  • They have a restaurant

In combination of  salsa lessons you can have yourself a pizza..ha ha jokes.

  • Specialize in Salsa

The great thing about HotSalsa being focused on salsa is that they can give you a very specialized and best service.

  • Fully operation online

You can find this company online as well on:


  • One genre

To people looking for different styles such as tap, hip hop or ballroom they will not benefit.

  • One location

There is only one location in and around Durban and they do not have branches internationally.

  • Owners or founders not mentioned

Owners of this company are not mentioned on the website which can be hard to get that trust element for a customer.


Sherherzade Belly Dance Studio


Are you looking for dance schools in Durban which offer belly dancing?
Then this dance school could assist you.

What they offer

As you might have guessed they mostly offer belly dancing and which is modern and also accommodates old styles.


This dance studio is located in Berea, Durban and the address is The Breathing Space, Glenwood, Durban, 4083.


  • Specialist in  Belly dancing for all ages.
  • Has a lot of good or positive reviews from customers.


  • No presence online

Unfortunately this dance company does not have a website to go to. There is only a telephone number.

This is their current telephone: 031 201 8004


Belly Free dance Studio







How to become a professional dancer- The most important things to know

If you are looking on how to become a professional dancer then this article will give you how to become a professional dancersome great information.

The fact is that the majority of dancers start off by wanting to be professional or famous dancers.

Unfortunately many of these dancers end up quitting without reaching these goals.

Why is this so?

This is because they lack the essentials needed to reach that level.

This is why I will help you not become a statistic who does not reach their goals.

how to become a professional dancer

Sit comfortably and let me quickly tell you how to become a professional dancer the easiest way.

Be multiskilled

This right here is a big and very important aspect of how to become a professional dancer.

So what do I mean by being multi skilled in dancing?how to become a professional dancer

Well I mean you have to know other styles of dancing, not focus on one genre.

This is because when you want to become a professional dancer then you will normally be called to perform on dance shows, boat cruises, dinner events, you name it.

So if you do not have the skill to be versatile and entertain the audience you will likely fail to get gigs which will bring in money.

Remember being professional means you are earning a full time income from or at least 50{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7} of your income from dancing.

This is the reason I say you will loose gigs (basically your income)..sad right? so you want to polish your skills.

As a professional ballroom dancer I am normally being called to perform or coach since that is what people expect from me.

Below is a video where i was called to perform at a dance show.

Have a good mentor

This is yet another very important factor to consider if you are really looking on how to become a professional dancer.

I really put great emphasis on the word “good”.

This is because you must  choose a mentor that has  gone through where you are looking to go.

This because if you go for a mentor , especially the one who has gone through your journey, will help you go through things which will make your path shorter.

I have been lucky to have had two mentors in my dance career, my dad and my first dance coach.

This helped me acquire the skills that i know have.


Hard work is not enough for achieving your goal but what is very important is that you need to apply more of disciplined actions.

You must have goals always

The more you are constant with applying the advice of your dancing  from your mentor and knowledge of the dance industry the better you will reach your goal of becoming a professional dancer.

If you have read my posts you should know how important I value having goals as a dancer.

Look for and be ready for opportunities

There are so many opportunities out there for being a professional dancers as I mentioned before so it is your responsibility to lookout for them.

Just be sure to always speak to your mentor about an opportunity that you think of taking ( it is only right to do as he or she is your guiding light).

Over the years I have seen a lot of my friends getting opportunities because of their hard work.

To most of them the opportunity presented itself to them.

One of my fellow dance friends got an opportunity to go dance for a big American dance TV show called dancing With The Stars (DWTS).

Below is a video oh him:

Has has been performing and rocking the stages abroad and I am truly proud of him because he had a mentor and was very consistent.

Below is a video where he is actually performing.

He is one of the people I know who are doing well on the big stages and I have learnt a lot from him to say the least because he is a South African.

Have long term plan

Let’s face it dancing fulltime professional can be very risky.

This more so if you do not have a proper plan for what you are doing.

It is said that most most ballet dancers end up not being professional due to the competition and also not being consistant.

I am not saying expect to not reach your goal.

All I am saying is that also bare in mind what you can do to ensure your dancing money can last you forever.

This is where you need to particulate in other dance avenues which can slightly bring in the income.

This is what one of our South Africa dance fellow is doing while she is dancing abroad, Otlile Mabuse.

Otlile is participating in various things which help her not only bring in the money, but establish herself in the dance industry.

Below is a video of one of her dance shows:

Embrace the risk

You should always be ready for the unexpected through your journey to becoming  a professional dancer.

Remember most dance styles have become a sport. The one example of this is ballroom how to become a professional dancerand Latin American dancing which has become a sport.

You can check out an article about this by reading here.

So what does it mean that dance is a sport?

Well this means that you are prone to injuries so it means you must at least know  how to cover yourself.

This also means that getting injured right before a big event or competition can jeopardize most peoples’ dance career.

By the way I have seen a lot of people getting into such situations which when they were about to get their big break.

This is what makes a difference between being a professional full time dancer and just failing,

Final thoughts

being in a quest of how to become a professional dancer  can leave you confused but if you have the right guidance and information you can achieve this feat which most people never achieve.

Most people end up not reaching the professional level as they either do not have mentor, don not look for opportunities or are not consistent.

Most professionals have gone through a lot to get to where they want to be because they were prepared.

But more than being prepared you need to have passion for what you are doing.

Remember passion for your dance genre will make you go through hurdles which most people will not through.

I hope this article was helping to you and I hope it gave you a guideline to become a professional dancer.

If you have any comments or questions than you are more then welcome to leave your comments and questions below.



Dance lessons-why they are important

Dancing will require many things from you some of which are important while others may not be. Dance lessons are one vital aspect of being a top dancer.Ballroom dancing

Most people do not understand the reason why dance lessons do exist and how they can be important for your growth.

In this article I will be talking about the importance of dance lessons and also how to maximize them well.

Dance lessons types

There are three different types of dance lessons that exist  in the dance world such as group lessons, private lessons, social lessons.

Let’s explore these different types below:

Private dance lessons

On my article about the best way to learn ballroom dancing I did talk about the importance of private lessons to improve your dancing rapidly.

Private lessons are when you are getting a one on one attention from you dance lesons

These kinds of dance lessons are usually more expensive than group dance lessons just because of the resources that are put  in to improve the person or the couple’s dancing.

One thing to understand about private lessons is that they differ according to the coach that you go to.

For an example if you go to a coach who is at an international level their cost will be higher than a coach who has only won local dance competitions.

The cost of the international coaches can go up to $150 per 45 minutes….

Yep that’s right and I am just being conservative here, because others do not play games.

Bear in mind that they have gone through a lot of pain in order to be at the top so basically you will get what you pay for.

Ever since I started danced I have been coached by the top coaches and so for me this is a normal price.

I have also seen many people take dancing notes when doing private lessons and this is the benefit of these types of dance lessons.

A student writing in a notebook during a dance lessons

Oh by the way, before I forget… this is by far the type of dance lessons which I would recommend for you if you want to grow in your competitive dancing.

Social dance lessons

dance lessons

Social dance lessons are dance lessons for the art part of dancing or social part as the name says.

This type of dance lesson does not require you to really be very focused to be the best since the aim is for short-term.

However, I still have to warn you that if you want to start and take social dance lessons they will still cost and arm and a leg.


But do not fret for these dance lessons since they may not be strict and even if you do miss practice it may not be a big deal since you are socializing with it.



Group dance  lessons

dance lessons

Group dance lessons can fall under the category of both the private lesson and social dance lessons.

This is because it possess the features of both the categorizes:

In one aspect you can really get to socialize in this type of dancing where you mean different people.

It is also considered important for competitive dancing which you get information with a group of fellow dancers.

This helps because you can analyze with your fellow members and discuss things you did not know that others did.

Why plan for your dance lessons?

It is very important for every dancer to plan for their dance lessons.

This is because  your dancing should be like a business of some kind…In fact it is a business..

Be careful of the slow crumpling

This is because if you do not improve your business or learn the new market improvements than your business will slowly crumple.

This is the same with your dancing. Dancing is improving every year or every week as people are constantly finding new ways to move across the flow effortlessly.

If you do not believe that dancing is improving constantly go back and look at ballroom dancing in the past and you will see the advancement it has taken.

I will show you two videos. One will be in the 90s while the other will be recent.

Check the videos below:

1.Ballroom in the 90s


2. Ballroom in the 21st century


As you can see the two videos are very different: The video above shows that dancing was more compact and rigid and the style of the dresses was very poor.

The second video, however has more dynamics, style,colour..basically more life.

So you can imagine a person who is still teaching the style of 90s and teaching students compared to the one who has kept up with the current dance styles.

The one who has kept up with information will surely do way better as he or she will know what the adjudicators want currently.

I would say if you have not considered taking dance lessons as a competitor from higher level teachers than what I have just said should convince you to take lessons especially private lessons.

You have much more to gain

What I have found about taking dance lessons, especially private lessons is that you end up finding out the newest styles or costumes of dancing whether for practice or competing.

Speaking of practice attire I wrote an article about what I have learnt to wear for practice as this follows current international levels.

This has made a huge improvement in my dancing since practice makes me feel on top of the world.

You can check it out >>here<< if you are interested

Anyway commiciamo ;)..(that is Italian for Let’s continue)..

By taking private lessons you also end up finding out more inside techniques that most people will never get since you can ask all the questions indepthly.

Believe me or not the dance instructor will end up giving you more than what you have paid for because they will be scared that if you do not do well it will not sit will with them.

Remember you will represent what they teach you so that is why they will be helping you a lot.

Guys here I am talking about genuine instructors who are top level and who do their work professionally not those who do it half way.

Final thoughts

Dance lessons are to a dancer like oxygen is to human. So no dancer can reach the top without them.

As much as there are 3 types of dance lessons, namely: Private,group and social I would recommend focusing on private dance lessons especially for competitive dancing.

You will not only learn more about improving your dance but you will learn other things like what to wear and how to conduct yourself on the dance floor in  a private lesson.

Dance lessons are also vital so that you do not get left behind as dancing improves year by year.

If you have any comments or questions you want to ask please leave your comment on the section below, I will be more than happy to hear them.

Dance for weight loss- This is what they never tell you

Are you looking to lose weight easy?..and have you ever thought of using dance for weight dance for weight lossloss?

The truth is that many people are not aware that they can use dancing to lose weight.

This is because most of our lives we have been told you need to use a rigorous exercise like running or cycling to lose weight.

Contrary to popular belief dancing is the best way you can lose weight.

The key is knowing how to use this method effectively.

In this article I will walk you through on how you can use dance for weight loss.


dance for weight loss

If you are truly looking to use dance for weight loss this genre of dancing is very important.

In dancing there are two types of dancing :there is the classic and there is the hippy dance.

Both these genre making up the dancing world.

However if you are looking to lose weight than it is better you choose a more rigorous type of dancing.

This would be anything from Latin American dancing to hip hop and to something like cramp dancing.

I know you may be old to do all these genres but I wouldn’t think of any other genres to help you.

dance for weight loss

Look, you do not have to be young and fit to do these dances you can literally just stand and follow the instructor.

What is amazing now is that you can even do these at the comfort of your home these days with many online resources.

In my previous article I have put some dance workouts which you can use if you do not want to join a specific genre club.

You can read it here


Should you do your dance weight loss at home or online?

Although there are many benefits in doing your dancing at home it may also be hectic since you may not be fully doing your workout.

If you go to a club you may have an instructor who will hold you accountable which is good for your improvement.

I did write about the benefits of joining a dancing club on my article called the best way to learn ballroom dancing.

This article will tell you more of the reason why you need to go to a physical club for your dancing.

More especially if you want to have long term dance goals.

Regulated dance times

Dancing, like any other activity requires you to give it full focus.

Most people think that jus because dancing seems social that it does not need a lot of effort.

This all depends on how you see dancing

For people like myself we use dancing as our sport and if you are not convinced that it is a sport than you can read my article which answers is ballroom dancing a sport?


Although to dance for weight loss issues is cost-effective if you do it own your won but having someone to monitor you can take you very far.

make sure you get a mentor who has proven results for weight loss programs

The good thing about having a mentor or coach is that he/she will ensure you stay accountable to your goals.

More than that a mentor will help you push yourself to heights you had never thought were possible.

While it is good to get a mentor make sure you get a mentor who has proven results for weight loss programs.

The reason I say this is because sometimes you may get a mentor/coach/personal trainer and they may not even know what they are doing.

This will not only help you achieve your goals but the mentor will help you conquer yourself, which is the most important aspect of life.

So get your self a mentor right now, what are you waiting for dude.

Dress the part

Although dressing the part for your dance weight loss may seem insignificant it will take Dance for weight lossyou a long way

Why do I say that you may ask?

This is because dressing the part for any specific occasion has the psychological aspect of making you more motivated.

Seeing yourself dressed up for the dance part or training part can make you really have the motivation to gym more.

Do not ask me how, but it works wonders hey

Final thoughts

Using dance for weight loss is a fun way of  improving your life in a less stressful way.

Even thought it may be easy to think that you will not really be working out while doing this it is vital to know that you still need to put in work.

There are many aspects to lookout for when doing this such choosing a specific genre, the platform you use and the mentor.

Remember dancing also requires consistency if you want to lose weight just like any other gym activity.

I hope this article was helpful to you and I hope it helped give you what you were looking for.

If you any thoughts you would like to leave or questions you may have please leave them below, I will be more than happy to hear your thoughts.



The best dance workout- Try this tonight!

People all over the world are always keen to know the best dance workout which can the best danceworkoutimprove their dancing.

Some people are only keen so that they will get to use it for their weight loss program.

As a person who has danced more than 10 years I can assure you that there are many of these work-outs which we can all use.

The problem is that most people do not know the criteria with which to choose these work outs.

In this article I will walk you through the factors you can use to choose the best dance workout for your needs.

At the end of this article I will give you free and easy workouts you can choose according to your needs.


the best dance workout

Your intentions of choosing the best dance workout will be the main factor you choose a certain dance workout.

For example most people will want a dance workout which will help them lose weight while others want a dance workout that will help them enhance their sport (like ballroom dancing).

These people will have different agendas; The former will require to get an intensive dance work out which will focus on the burning of fat.

the best dance workout

The Latter will have to opt for a dance workout which focuses on the cardio.

Remember you need to have goals before making any decision.

I did talk about having goals as a dancer in my article called dancing for beginners-the best way to be a top dancer quickly.


Remember the best dance workout will always depend on the music that you prefer to the best dance workoutlisten to.

It is a popular phenomenon that younger people tend to opt for upbeat music

Some people prefer upbeat music of which they opt for rigorous dance work outs, while others opt for calm music which makes dance less intensive.

It is a popular phenomenon that younger people tend to opt for upbeat music and that is why most dancers opt for Latin America dancing against standard.


Age is also another huge factor which I mentioned above about choosing your dance workout.

Older people tend to be suited for classic kind of music which will still keep them working their bodies.

Types of dance workouts

On this section I will be talking about different workout which you can choose from based on the above aspects I gave you.

Dance workout

This for me has be the best dance workout for ballroom dancers.

This is because it is fun a pretty easy to do as an non-intensive workout.

Dance workout two-For cardio

Are you busy to workout for long hours?

Are you looking to make your hip more flexable?

If yo answered yes than this the best dance workout for you.

If you are only looking to make your hips flexible without dancing you can check out a very popular program I recommend.

I wrote a review about in in my article. You can check it <<here>>

Dance jumps

I also have implemented some dance routine for my dance students and they have worked for warm-up especially.

This is good for people who want to prep their bodies before practice or competition.

This are exercise we do  before a competition.

Dance warm-up warm-up

Have you heard of a saying that as a dancer you need to do a warm up before a warm-up?

Well it is true…

The reason people do this is because some muscles of the body take longer to warm up and sometimes it is not enough to do one warm up.

The advantages for this warm-up

  • Quick
  • Anyone can do it
  • Helps with overall body strength especially core muscles.


  • Not really efficient if you will not do a rigorous sport

About these exercises

I would like to give you a quick side not about these exercises.

All the above exercises are very good to do if you are a dancer.

This is because most of them focus on the hips and body flexibility which is needed for dancing.

If you are doing another sport I would recommend other more intense exercises like lifting weights and cycling.

I am not, however saying you can not use these exercise for your sport. I am saying it may not give you the full body work-out you are looking for.

If you are looking for other exercises which focus more on ballroom dancing you can read an article I wrote called Vital exercises for dancers.

These will focus more on the technical aspect of ballroom and Latin American dancers and have been used over centuries.


Final thoughts

Choosing the best dance workout has many aspects to look for.

Depending on your age, intentions and music you can structure a proper dance work out.

Bare in mind that your choice will be based on your needs.

The best workout exercise should be fun and easy to do at the comfort of your home.

Remember dancing has proven to give you all sorts of benefits but the most vital one is that you get a great deal of intelligence through dance.

You can check out an article I did for this <<here>>

I hope this article was helpful in giving you information about the best dance workout for you.

If you have any questions or have any comments you would like to add I would be more than happy to hear from you.

You can leave your comments on the comment box below.