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.



4 thoughts on “How to learn ballroom dancing-The three rules to always have in mind”

  1. Oh this is great, I love dancing but have never learned how to ballroom dance properly.
    I like your tips and simple to follow advice.
    Great use of visuals and videos
    I will definitely be back to this website.

  2. Hi Tabo……thanks for the great tips on ballroom dancing, although I know very little about it, and actually never tried it, it makes complete sense the advice you give about being confident, knowing your moves and being able to lead not follow and not worrying about how you will be judged. Thanks for sharing.

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