How do I get better at hip hop dancing?

Not sure what kind of video you mean. Are you taping yourself so that you can look over your moves and improve them?

I love dancing myself, always have. I have a few tips that may be useful to you.

1. If you are always dancing in the company of others, make sure to try the moves to the song at home, or somewhere where you won’t feel stressed or intimidated.

2. Visualization: During the next few days, at a time when you are relaxed, day or night, listen to the song at a low level maybe 10 times, and only imagine you are dancing. Allow yourself to picture how you would look doing each move, to the beat of the music, that your limbs and hips and head are all coordinated. And that you are dancing like a pro! This technique can improve your grasp of the moves, your performance, & it helps embed the choreography in your brain. After you can try visualizing yourself doing the choreography without the music playing. This will add a degree of difficulty as it requires your memory to work a bit harder.

3. Divvy up each four counts or eight counts, and practise the moves for each set about 20 times. More if you are patient enough. The problem is, that when we dance around others, we feel intimidated to ask for help, so we don’t improve as much as we might if we were alone, or with our teacher tutoring us. If you don’t have a dance teacher, then act as your own teacher. Pretend you are with a student, and go over each set of moves over and over until they are executed as beautifully as possible.

4. Make sure to give yourself credit for each improvement, no matter how small. That will give you the incentive to practise more.

5. Never ever give up! We tend to “fuggedaboutit” or give up when we really haven’t practised enough. Even if you have practised 100 times, well I got news for you. Practise 100 more times. When I was learning Muay Thai (kickboxing) in Thailand, I had to practise 200 front kicks and 200 round kicks with BOTH legs at every class. The same when I took private lessons. Bruce Lee said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

6. Be hard on yourself to be better, but always be good to yourself with regards to rewards, encouragement and acceptance of how much you can achieve at one time.

7. I hate to say it, but sometimes you have to stop thinking and just move. It seems that at times our bodies just take over and react exactly as we want when we stop thinking.

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