Master how to dance to the rhythm with this detailed, step-by-step approach. It features brilliant videos that explain all you need to know to be a great dancer.
What does rhythm mean in dance?
In a nutshell, that’s your ability to perform dancing steps on the music beats. For example, Afro-Cuban dancers perfectly display how to dance to the rhythm because they match the movements of their body to the way the music is played. Their coordination with the music is such that they can start as a follower of the rhythm and end as its master. If you look at this typical Afro-Cuban dance, you will realize the dancer started by following the song but then influenced its direction. That’s one of the reasons why it’s a fascinating pleasure to study improvised dances.
And although it can be a challenge to many dancers, there is an underlying secret hidden for those who can dance to the rhythm.
A little-known secret of dance
People who can dance to the rhythm, to the point where they can change the course of a song (or anticipate the beats of a lyric they never heard before) experience a ”trip to another dimension”. Indeed, there are many untapped possibilities for human being potential that can be revealed when you reach a trance. I have often uncovered these potentials, where the essence of time disappeared beyond my feet. I could dance for a few seconds and reach a phase where I felt light and undisturbed. And when I return to my normal self, it has already been 2 hours. This secret place is worth visiting.
Can I be taught how to dance to the rhythm?
Absolutely. In fact, sometimes it’s better not to have any sense of rhythm. Because that way, you can feel the experience I revealed earlier more violently. As opposed to someone who has been doing it since childhood and for whom it’s just natural. However, like everything, you must have a method; otherwise, you will never reach the promised land.
It might seem obvious, but a little-known secret to dancing to the rhythm is to have excellent hearing for the music. You might think it’s obvious, but many dancers cannot even count the beats of a song. That’sThat’s why I have developed an unbelievable step-by-step guide to musical hearing. It does pertain to Afro-Cuban dances such as rumba, son, chango, or salsa, but the principle and philosophy are the same no matter the music style.
In the following example, I reveal how to listen to Cuban rumba, one of the island’sisland’s most popular dances.
The second secret; which, for those who listen, read or watch my videos and posts, is not hush-hush anymore; is to develop body movement. By the latter, I mean the ability to “break” parts of your body into small pieces you can then gather together and mold the way you want them. Indeed, that’s what great dancers can achieve. First, you need to learn how to isolate parts of your body. Then, you move them together in a coordinated way. That’s why when I hear people mocking some African dances as not sophisticated, I laugh. If only they knew. In my following video, I show the initial body movement stage you can apply that will completely change your dancing game and help you reach an unbelievable level of body flexibility. I use this video every day as it helps me warm up and shape my body and prevent injuries. It’sIt’s even perfect for those who might do other sports.
From that small tutorial, you can witness what I can achieve in a completely improvised setting. That’s what you call dance to the rhythm. It’sIt’s a small chango dance extract. Notice that I match my steps and whole-body movement to the drum sound.
Apply one with the other
I mentioned two essential secrets to being able to dance to the rhythm. First, it is crucial that when you listen to music and train your ears, you try to do it with synchronized movements of your body. That way, you will teach the latter to react differently to different parts of a song. As for the body movement part, it’s equally vital that you do that with music. If you practice these two aspects every day, in no time, you will be able to integrate rhythm into your body.
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