Beginners’ first steps

You decided to put some dancing in your life and also chose a rhythm to start with. The next step is to start learning and put it on the field. How long shall it take until you have a decent level?

This is a recurrent question on beginners, including myself. We want to learn fast and have enough skills for enjoying it. Our modern lifestyle puts even more pressure on us, since nowadays everything shall go at the speed of internet.

Last week I had a chat with a kizomba teacher, who has been doing it for almost 20 years. He gave me 5 good tips which you shall consider in your new crash course:

  • Learn 2 or 3 steps per week at most. There is no need to overload yourself with lots of techniques. After a couple of months, you will have learned at least 16 steps. That is everything you need for the parties.
  • Practice in front of a mirror. Yes, see yourself moving your legs and shoulders. Feel weird, then get used to it and finally look proudly at yourself. At that point you will finally focus on the steps you want to improve, and less on your ego.
  • Watching videos is fine, but make sure to automatically practice them in front of your mirror. However, the best is to join a dance course, for example on a weekly basis. After a bit of research, you will see that you can find a course almost everyday going on in Vienna. Another plus: after the course the party is opened. You may keep practicing with your new dance friends.
  • Enjoy being a beginner: you started learning to dance because you wanted to put something fun in your life.┬áThen enjoy the process of putting yourself in new situations and moving your body differently.

The dance teacher told me that despite of those years of practicing, he still enjoys putting the basic steps on the floor. Even though years of experience brings him mastery, what keeps him on the music is the fun. Keep that in your mind at all times: technique is ok, fun is the goal.

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