A needle is when one foot is on the ground (flat) in-line with the shoulders, and the opposite leg is kicked back, reaching for the sky. This puts the dancer in a "needle" position, with the straight legs forming a straight line, from head to toe. In this dance lesson, you'll learn how you can do a needle yourself. You need to be extremely flexible before trying this dance move, so don't over-exert yourself.
The bus stop is definitely not a move you'll want to break out on your next clubbing trip with your gal pals, but it sure is a fun move to do when you're just goofing around with friends at home or going to a '70s theme party!
Jazz walks are basically regular walking combined with a tiptoeing motion that makes the walk like a cat strut. Jazz walks are beautiful and sexy ways to transition from one part of your routine to another, and they're also great as coreography of their own.
Lyrical dance is one of those art forms that's just so pretty. You'll always have more postmodern dance forms that operate on the premise that anything can be art, thereby producing funky hand and leg movements, but watching lyrical dance is like hearing the sweetest love song.
This how to video demonstrates how the start of a modern dance routine is put together.
Combine the power of gymnastics with the flexibility and smoothness of dance by performing this split-roll dance move. These future Olympic gymnasts will show you how to perform this dance move like a pro.
Jazz dancing - or heck, any kind of modern dance - without pirouettes would be quite born indeed. Pirouettes, or jazz turns with one leg extended outward, are fancy and beautiful, very ballerina-like in their smooth and graceful execution.
If you thought Jaden Smith was indeed the "new" Karate Kid, then you probably also loved the music video for the hit song "Never Say Never" by Jaden and pop sensation Justin Bieber. In this video, you'll learn how to do the dane routine from the music video and Karate Kid film, with a full breakdown of the dance.
The Era of Disco is perhaps best defined by the dance-centric movie "Saturday Night Fever," starring a young and slim John Travolta. The movie was full of decadence in the form of big afros, big bellbottoms and ever bigger diva egos, but Travolta stood out on his mad dance skills alone.
In The Netherlands, Gabber Hardcore is the music of choice for rebellious young people, much like punk and underground hip-hop in the US. It is a blisteringly fast style of electronic music which might seem hard to dance to at first. Enter the hakken, the dance of choice for the Gabber listener. Watch this video to learn how to do the hakken, and you will know what to do next time you're at a hardcore club in Holland.
When learning a new dance from scratch, it may be difficult to remember these steps. So it's important to try and use any trick so that you won't make yourself look like a fool. In this next tutorial, you'll get an easy trick that you can use to help make sure that you look like a pro out on the dance floor. So sit back and let dance instructor Nina Ortega, show you what you need to do to remember dance steps easily. Good luck and enjoy!
In this video series, our expert Safi Thomas will tell you all about Reggae Dancehall, including how to do chest isolations, waist isolations, and the dutty whine
Learn how to do a toe rise for dance. This is a great jazz move.
Are you an advanced dancer - maybe even a teacher of modern dance - who's looking for an interesting way to transition standing work into floorwork?
Tecktonik dance combines aspects of disco, glowsticking, and hip-hop dance to create a funky, fast, futuristic hybrid style that has become quite fashionable in the electro house scene (which has itself become very fashionable over the same period). This pair of videos will teach you many of the basic and more advanced steps to Tecktonik dancing at a very manageable pace, and should help you sharpen your moves before your next big Dirty South or D Ramirez party.
Modern and interpretative dance is a very popular dance form. In this how to video, Joshua Bergasse demonstrates a modern across the floor combination. This is an 8 count modern dance routine. Watch this how to video and you will be able to do a modern across the floor dance combination. Dance a modern across the floor combination.
A barrel jump in modern dance is a turn in the air with both legs bent. See the barrel jump with tips from a professional dancer in this free modern dance video. Perform a barrel turn in modern dance - Part 1 of 9.
Getting a lightshow from one person at a rave is crazy, enough, but where they really start to get crazy is when people do duo lightshows. In a duo, one person stands over and behind the crouching main person giving the lightshow, complementing their show above them. Watch this video for tips on doing really great duo lighshows.
Rave light shows are one of the most intimate and enjoyable experiences that people can share at a rave, but getting started when you don't know what you're doing can be a scary thought. Watch this video to learn how you can perform some basic glove lighshow moves like the figure 8, the most basic move in lightshows, and the finger roll.
These days, if you hear the word "thrusting" in the same sentence as "dancing" then you probably imagine a guy doing naughty things to a girl at a seedy nightclub. But we're not talking about grinding here.
Without giving offense to this dance move, the pas de bouree Jazz/Funk dance move basically makes you look like a dancing pretzel. When you watch the video at first it looks a little confusing since you're crossing your legs continuously, but really all it is is setting a pattern and following it.
Finger tutting and digitz are related, but as different as two dance styles that both have words that mean finger in their name can be. This video will show you how to do a sick, fairly basic dance combo that integrates aspects of tutting, finger tutting, and digitz into a sick little move.
Celebrating the life and times of Michael Jackson? Impressing your friends at a wedding reception or party? Looking for a funky form of exercise that not many people know how to do? Look no further! In this video, you will not only learn how to Moonwalk just like the King of Pop, you will also get tips on how to do the Airwalk and the Glidestep! You will look like you can walk on air and make everyone jealous with your sweet moves. So, grab your dancin' shoes and head out to the sidewalk to s...
Floor leg swings help loosen hip and back muscles. Learn to warm-up for modern dancing with floor leg swing exercises in this free dance video from a professional dance instructor. Warm up with leg swings on the floor - Part 1 of 43.
Check out this demonstrational dance video that shows a quick house freestyle dance. This is a demo video that is meant to be casual and fun. Have fun emulating these cool house moves.
This how to video shows the key dance posture exercise that every budding dancer needs to do. It doesn't matter whether you are learning ballet, hip hop or any other type of dance.
In this video series you will not only learn many of the basics for Jazz dancing but how to put them all together. Our expert covers everything from the type of shoes that are best for training to how to isolate your head when performing a move.
In this video series you will not only learn many of the basics for Jazz dancing but how to put them all together.
In this video clip series, our expert will explain the philosophy behind trance dance, demonstrate the methods and guidelines used by dancers, and help guide you through the experience in a safe, informative and natural way. Tips on breath exercises, stretches, spirit discovery and safety measures are included.
If you've gotten into giving glove light shows at raves and want to improve your technique, check out this video. It will teach you how to transition from the basic figure 8 into a finger roll, how to transition from finger rolls to vertical finger rolls (basically inverted finger rolls) and how to do a really cool move called the elevator roll.
The figure 8 is the basis of rave light show technique, whether you use gloves or glowsticks (you oldskooler you). If you've been having some trouble getting it down watch this video for a succinct and helpful explanation of the wrist motion that is essential to really good figure 8's.
Now that glove light shows have become the most popular style at raves, knowing how to do a continuous finger is a crucial part of your light show technique. This quick tutorial will teach you everything you need to know to practice and execute perfect continuous finger rolls and trip out your fellow ravers.
Before you even try these dance steps, make sure you watch the official music video for "Can't Be Tamed" from Miley Cyrus. It's definitely a departure from the younger Miley we all knew and love, but she's growing up and her dance moves are more sexual than ever.
Light shows are one of the best parts of raves, bringing people together to participate in a whole new type of social interaction. Gloves have become the most popular tools of the lightshow trade, and this video will teach you how to make your own custom set exactly how you want them. It discusses types of lights, batteries, and everything else you need to know to make your first set of gloves.
At 16, this kid can dance better than most people ever will. His moves are sick, and in this video he's gonna teach you how to do a sick king tut combo. If you need a little help with your tutting, check out this tutorial. Then put your hands together and start tuttin'.
So you think you can king tut? No matter how good your are at tutting, there are always new combos to learn. This video will show you how to do a really sick one that takes about eight seconds and can easily be slotted in alongside your other moves.
Finger tutting is one of the coolest techniques for giving lightshows at raves or spicing up a hip-hop routine. This video will tech you a cool finger tut combo that involves a lot of back-and-forth and diagonal finger connections. If you don't have strong, flexible fingers, move on. You'll need them here.
Tutting is one of the members of the larger Popping family of hip-hop dance styles, so named because the moves are inspired by the right angle heavy art of early Egyptians. It looks very cool and doesn't requires as much full-body coordination as many other dances, so learn it! This video will give you some tips for making your King Tut Style look more clean. It doesn't feature many new moves, but should make all your other moves look better.
In this tutorial, we learn how to do the moonwalk like Michael Jackson. First, start out standing up with your feet together. Next, pop up your right knee and drag your left leg back, popping that knee up as well. Once you have dragged the right foot back, drag the left foot back while both knees are popped. Do this with a smooth transition, so it looks like it's one fluid movement. Practice several times for a better outcome, and do it in front of a mirror to see yourself better. Just rememb...
Got moves? Than show them off! School dances can be pretty lame, but you could pump up the volume and make it one of the best nights of the school year… along with impressing all of your classmates (or maybe completely embarrassing yourself). Be creative with your sources to impress your classmates at your next school dance.