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 might plateau as you begin to learn harder and more complex movements. 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 overcome it. All that it means is you need to practice more and not give up. 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, they will become more ingrained in your body - like riding a bike! A similar term is used to describe this process and it is called "greasing the groove". It means you need to do something over and over again until it becomes second nature. This doesn't mean you can just jump into anything and do it all the time and progress rapidly - you still need to be mindful and practice with intent.
Practicing isn’t always a physical movement, sometimes it’s a mental movement. 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. You can listen to the type of music you like dancing to and practice in your head at anytime. This is extremely beneficial and, in terms of progress, usually sets apart those who visualize from those who don't.
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. analyzing your own movement is a huge help, you will see everything you are doing wrong and everything you are doing right. You can start to build a style easier if you see what you are doing and pick out the things that you like and discard or improve some that you don't. 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 and if you have the motivation to practice by yourself it will pay off. You can look at practicing by yourself as the time to reflect on your movement and style and correct all the small mistakes by refining your moves.Practicing with people, on the other hand, can be looked at as a time to use the hype of a group practice to push yourself and practice new moves or hard combos - make the most of all of your training sessions!