Club Dancing Index (Includes Grinding)

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by pygmalion, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. kylekrebs

    kylekrebs New Member

    too stiff?

    Hi guys, I'm new to the forum and new to dancing as well!

    I've been trying to learn how to dance to club music but I can't seem to learn... When I dance in public people say I'm too stiff. Does anyone know how I can fix that? I don't even know what that means! haha I tried wiggling my hips more but that just makes girls laugh.

    I'm a 24 year old male and my goal is to learn enough basics to be able to dance in public without making a complete knat of myself =p

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Oh, p.s., if anyone knows a good dvd I can get to teach me that would be great. I found a website called pickupdance.com, does anyone know if they're any good?

    thanks again!
  2. freeageless

    freeageless Active Member

    Kylekrebs, welcome to Dance Forums! The best instructional DVD's are at Dance Vision.com and the USISTD site. You can find both sites using Google. Good luck.
  3. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    I think the key to overcoming stiffness is to not care what people think (which I know is really hard) but you have to just let loose and just have fun. I used to be really stiff and then decided I look bad anyways, might as well have a little fun and loosen up!

    PS Welcome to dance forums!
  4. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    Dancevision and ISTD will be no help to OP since I'm guessing by saying he wants to dance to club music, he means he wants to dance to club music.
    Youtube, you can find just about anything there.
  5. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Welcome to DF!! Club Music? as in.....can you "hear" the beat (first question) and second - can you somehow find it - within yourself - to give yourself permission to be someone else? imitation imitation - and not care what others think? DVD's lessons of the dances you want to do can really help, in the privacy of your own living room, den, where-ever...a private lesson here or there (I've seen "club dancing" lessons advertised on web and at certain studios)....invest in yourself and just get out there on the floor and have a good time.
  6. Bailamosdance

    Bailamosdance Well-Known Member

    Neither of these commercial vendors have anything about club dancing in their library.

    Here's a link to Dance Forum's info on club dancing:

    http://www.dance-forums.com/showthread.php?t=2761
  7. kylekrebs

    kylekrebs New Member

    Hi everyone! First of all, thanks for the support and quick response.

    Freeageless, I checked out the sites you suggested and as some others have already pointed out, it doesn't seem to have what I'm looking for.

    I'm not really interested in learning salsa or the cha-cha or how to tango and stuff. I'm not going to be joining competitions or anything. I just want to be able to dance in a club with a girl and look good doing it. :)

    Mindputtee, thanks for the tip. You're right, it's really tough! I try not to get too self-conscious but I can't help it. Hip-hop isn't my natural music of choice (I'm more of an indie-rock kinda guy) so when I dance in a club I feel kind of like a poser. That's why I want to get a DVD to practice on. At least that way I can "acclimate" myself to club music first so I can have confidence when I go out.

    3wishes, I think I can hear the beat pretty well, I just keep stumbling on the whole "don't care what other people think" thing. I mean, if it wasn't for caring what girls think I wouldn't even bother learning to dance! hahaha

    Bailamosdance and Wooh, thanks for the tips for club dance. I'll check it out. Actually, youtube was how I found out about pick-up dance haha
  8. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    Re: hip wiggling isnt the same as dissociation

    Hi kk, welcome to DF!

    Stiff means, that you cannot move the main body parts independently from one another. This so called body dissociation is less important for some dances, but is very important for all salsa-related dances. Perhaps you can train this ability there.
    And watch the following vid
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/09/08/attractive.dancing/index.html?hpt=C2
  9. wolfgirl4

    wolfgirl4 New Member

    How do you dance at a high school dance?

    Or just dance in general! I'm so bad I need some help! :(
  10. quixotedlm

    quixotedlm New Member

  11. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Active Member

    You just want to shift awkwardly from one foot to the other, according to the beat in the song, and waggle the arms a bit here and there, that is how you dance at a high school dance. Hope this helps. :)
  12. Ray Sison

    Ray Sison New Member

    ^Like :)
  13. Dupree

    Dupree New Member

    This awesome! Is there anything more consolidated?
  14. alexandrahweis

    alexandrahweis Active Member

    I do all types of dance, ballroom, Latin, swing, country, ballet, jazz, modern, burlesque, west African, contemporary, lyrical, and many others. But I just get very uncomfortable with the whole club dancing thing, anyone else feel this way?

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