How to Dance Your Ass Off!

Let’s face it. June is here and wedding season is upon us. That means dusting off that tie, polishing your shoes and getting ready to watch people get overly excited about doing The Running Man challenge. As you sit there sipping the punch you will eventually hear the roar of the crowd as The bride and groom begin their unconventional first dance as a married couple. Years ago this was often a heart attack for most people because it meant that they were now in the spotlight and everyone was watching them do something they rarely do….dance. Here are a few tips to helping you bust a funky groove at your next social gathering that will surely leave you as the center of attention.

swayze-dancing-1Study. No one ever walks out on the dance floor and instantly knows how to dance. Even the greatest dancers in the world will tell you that you need to practice. So study the greats. No, I am not talking about Dancing with the stars, you need to study the likes of cinema great dancers. Depending on what kind of rug you want to cut it is a great place to get ideas. Crack open that movie collection and look for things that you like. Perhaps you have always wanted to move like Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Half of that movie is a how to dance guide! Maybe the teenage angst of Kevin Bacon speaks to you. There is a great montage of teaching where Ren shows his friend a few moves. You could be headed to a 70’s party and need to do the hustle like John Travolta in the classic Saturday Night Fever. Shake those hips, point that finger and strut that stuff. You could be out to prove a point that you are gonna stomp the yard and serve someone at your Aunt Edna’s Retirement Party. I suggest the Step up movie series for some great tips there. Either way there are a ton of great movies about dancing that can help you out with a few moves. If you are looking for more instructional things you can check out Youtube as there are a lot of great channels out there that will break down moves step by step.

mixtapeMusic. Let’s face it, you can’t very well practice doing The Worm for your sister’s Sweet Sixteen party with out the proper tunes to shake it to. Build up that library of great tunes that you know will surely move your feet. Put them into a playlist that you can listen to while at the gym, on your commute to work or just in your own space where you can practice perfecting The Moonwalk. One of the best things you can do is keep your body moving at all times, and if listening to Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine does that for you, then you loop that song until you find our exactly how you are gonna let the rhythm fuel you.


dancing-coupleClasses. Maybe you need just a little more instruction than what Will Smith teaches Kevin James in Hitch. For that there are a variety of dance studios out there where you can sign up to learn how to cha cha, tango and ballroom dance your way into the heart of the girl that works in accounting at your office. Most of the time you don’t need a partner to sign up for these classes and you can go solo. Your local college or community center may even have special events where you can pick up a few moves. Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop classes are out there, you just have to look for them, and you will be well on your way to tear up a dance floor.


dancerBe Fearless. One of the biggest things that holds anyone back from cutting the rug is being laughed at. Times that like you have to abide by one simple rule. DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING. This is where you take everything that you have been learning and apply it. Start off simple, just a simple two step side to side, and once the classic Ice Ice Baby by hip hop Artist Vanilla Ice hits, it is time to break the mold and go for broke. Clear some space, loosen that tie, roll up your sleeves and toss that jacket on your Grandma. You can’t really hold back here, this is when you are going to leave your lasting impression on the party. Forget that you spilled cake on your shirt. All you have to remember for the next 4 minutes is how to do The Hand Jive from Grease, and which way to turn while doing The Cupid Shuffle.


Dancing is a great activity that will keep you feeling good. People have been following the beat for years, and you can too. The thing about dancing is that there really is no wrong way to do it. You can dance slow, fast or even robotic. You just have to have fun with it. See a conga line forming? Join it. Young MC’s hit song Bust-A-Move comes on? Do it. Whatever you do though bring an extra pair of pants. Chances are you might get the courage to try the splits and pants rarely survive that encounter.