What are the technical fundamentals of dance I should practice?
February 11, 2013 7:42 PM Subscribe
What are the "Hanon Piano Exercises" of dance? That is, what are technical drills I should do briefly every day to become better at dancing?
posted by losvedir to health & fitness (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Whenever I tackle a new skill I generally like to start with the technical fundamentals and drill and drill and drill. When I took piano lessons I had this book of scales I had to do every day to get my fingers comfortable with the various movements they'd be making when playing real pieces. When I started to take up ping pong, I would stand at the table for an hour and serve, serve, serve to try to get the motion down.
So what would the equivalent be for dance? I'm in my 20s, male, and currently a terrible dancer. I think I could probably improve my rhythm and my flexibility at the very least.
Ideas for things I'm looking for:
* Play songs and tap my foot to them on the on-beats, then the off-beats, alternate tapping my foot and clapping.
* With music playing work on moving my hands independently to my feet, say step on every beat, hands go out once per measure.
* Count along with a song and try to identify the time signature.
* A certain stretch which would help me be more flexible in a way that's helpful for dancing.
* Rubbing my head and patting my stomach.
* A progression of movements to practice repeatedly - twist head, lift shoulders, sway hips, tap foot.
I dunno, those kinds of things. Little drills and techniques I could work on as building blocks before I even get to learning real dance.
As for styles -- I'm open to anything really. Realistically, I'd probably most likely dance hip-hop or techno-dancey styles if I went out to club with friends, but I'm open to more technical drills, say for ballet, because I think mastering movements in any way would be helpful.