How To Dance Gracefully

By | November 4, 2017

If you have already started taking dance classes (most likely ballet, jazz, or salsa), you may be concerned about how to dance with more grace. Perhaps you are having a hard time dancing like the other dancers in your dance class and you are concerned about being as graceful as they are. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind while you are dancing or practicing that will teach you how to dance gracefully.

First Tip: Be Energetic!

This might not seem like the first thing that you should keep in mind to improve your grace, but it really is an important, and often overlooked, fact. Dancing is about movement and expression. If you lack energy, that movement and expression is going to look dull, boring, and possibly embarrassing. By using up as much energy as possible (and hydrating and snacking while you practice, of course) you will be able to utilize the other tips in this article. Without energy as your most important component, there can be no improvement in your grace. Believe me.

Second Tip: Lengthen Your Body As Much As Humanly Possible

If you have heard of or practiced Pilates, you will be familiar with the concept of lengthening your body away from your center. What this means is that you lift up your chest, extend your neck and head, reach your arms out away from your core (by sending your energy all the way through your fingertips), and lengthen your legs away from your core as well (by sending all of your energy out through your feet). Imagine an image of a sunburst. There is a circle in the center. Visualize that as your core (your abdomen and back). The sunburst has lines or rays of sun coming out of the center and reaching away as far as possible. Imagine that these rays are your head/neck, your arms, and your legs (placed in the proper position, of course).

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