Going to a party can be awkward. Especially when you don’t know anyone. Sometimes, you end up alone in the corner because you don’t know who to talk to or how to act, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Parties can be fun for everyone!
An easy way to make any party fun is by dancing. For a lot of people, dancing is scary. It can seem like an act of vulnerability, but really, dancing is all about letting loose, having fun, and learning to express yourself. The best dancer in the room is the one who’s having the most fun! You don’t need to do any fancy or crazy dance moves at a party (but having some in your back pocket never hurts). All you really need is to break out a few of these simple moves, and you’ll be killing it on the dance floor in no time!
Connecting With The Music
First and foremost this is the most important. We all love music and groove easily by ourselves, its just a matter applying that feeling in a public setting. In Soulo’s interview with Buddha Stretch, he said “Without the music, there is nothing.” Before movement, connecting with the music is key. Be still and listen to the music. Allow the music to move you. Almost like a meditation, allow it to clear your mind and focus on whatever catches your ear.
While it’s not exactly a dance move, this movement will help you find some rhythm. It’s a good place to start if you’re not already on the dance floor, and can warm you up for dancing if you’re having a conversation (or hiding in the corner). Find the beat of the song and nod along: front to back, side to side, whichever way you’re most comfortable! Once you get in sync you can think about hitting the floor and practicing some of your other moves!
You’re probably thinking: Tim McGraw! right now, but no, not that kind of two-step (unless someone starts playing country). The two-step we’re talking about is a basic Hip-Hop move, and it doesn’t require a partner. All you have to do bend your knees a little, step one foot to the side, and bring the other foot to meet it, then repeat in the opposite direction and keep going! Now try to time the inner leg's step with the snare drum and you'll always be on beat.
A lot like the two-step, this is another dance move that doesn’t need a partner! It’s an easy beginner move that can be spiced up as you get the feel of the music. Bend your knees to keep your body loose, step your right foot to the right, step your left foot behind your right foot, step your right foot to the right again, and tap your left foot to meet it! Repeat side to side and groove it up with snaps, claps, and whatever wild movements you feel like making with your arms. *Tip: If you're getting lost or tripped up with these moves, keep in mind- the Two Step takes four 8-counts to complete one cycle. The Grapevine is a full 8!*
This is another move that can be used on the dance floor, or to warm you up while you’re getting ready to brave the music. It’s exactly what it sounds like: keeping your arms by your sides, you lean your shoulders to the right, then to the left, and repeat to the beat of whatever song is playing. A more advanced way is to first shrug both shoulders up and down, then lean your right shoulder foward and left shoulder back at the same time, shrug up and down again, then left shoulder forward and right shoulder back - then repeat over again! This can add more bounce and style to this simple movement.
Best done to Beyoncé! The body roll is not for the faint of heart, and shouldn’t be overused. It’s great when you want to add a flourish or exclamation point to your dancing, and can be done in any way you feel comfortable. Start off by imagining you’re sliding your body through a hula hoop: starting with your head, then chest and moving down through your waist and hips. Stick your head through the imaginary hoop in front of you, then pull your chest, waist, and hips to follow. Bring your body back over the imaginary hoop by pulling your head back, followed by the rest of your body. This move can feel a little awkward at first, so it’s important to practice! *Remember: body waves can be a big movement for a big effect, or nice and small for a more intimate vibe.*
Dancing shouldn’t be stressful, it should be about having fun. Most importantly, dancing is about connecting with the music, because without the music there is nothing. Like everything, practice makes perfect, so the more you do it, the better you’ll be at it. There are so many easy, fun moves out there for you to try. You don’t have to wait for a party to break out your moves, you can try them out at home. All you need is music and some space to move!