You probably know people who can dance at a club without a second thought. They just go out, have a few drinks, get down on the dance floor, and have a great night. Meanwhile, you're seized by panic and insecurity just thinking about dancing at a club. And whenever you do drag yourself out, you stay glued to the wall and watch everyone else let loose on the dance floor. You try to join in, but can't seem to silence that little voice in the back of your head... "Do I look awkward? Are people judging me? I should stop drinking. Or should I drink more? DID I BLOW MY CHANCE WITH THAT GIRL BECAUSE SHE SAW ME TRY TO DANCE??? Whatever." After 10 seconds of bravery, your self-consciousness lassos you back to the wall... It really sucks to be riddled with so much anxiety and FOMO. But guess what? It's also completely normal. Dancing isn't an art form like writing or sketching where you can do it alone – it's something you do with and in front of other people. And because it's a social activity, there is a base level of ability that's expected of you. Yet no one actually teaches you how to dance at a club; you're supposed to just know how to do it. And that's just silly. So we're here to teach you how to dance at a club because it is something you can learn! Follow these 5 simple steps and never worry about that voice again. With the right knowledge and some practice, you'll feel nothing but excited to dance at a club.
Don't expect yourself to bust out a Step Up routine out of nowhere as soon as you step foot on the dance floor.
This isn't a movie! Start small – really small – by just bobbing your head to the beat.
Do this before you even get on the dance floor. Think of it this way: Music is the one thing that lubricates the whole experience of being at the club.
It sets the mood as soon as you walk in until the moment you walk out. You have to be comfortable with the music first.
So start interacting with the music right away. You can listen and nod your head a you're holding your drink, hanging with a friend, or even sitting down.
This is an easy way to set yourself up for success on the dance floor before you even start dancing.
Your body will already have a handle on the rhythm, so you're more likely to stay on beat by the time you do get your feet steppin'.
Watch this video to learn how to find and count beats in music:
Once you're on, or around, the dance floor, start bouncing with your whole body.
Think of this bounce as a bigger version of your head bob. You're still moving to that same rhythm, but now with your knees, core, and chest.
You know how a baby bounces on his knees when he hears a song he likes? Like that, but not as jolt-y.
Ease into those bounces calmly, then slowly build up your energy. This helps make your dancing look more natural.
Carlo Darang describes what a bounce / groove is in this video:
Jade "Soul" Zuberi teaches real Hip Hop bounces and grooves in his Beginner Hip Hop Program on STEEZY Studio.
Each of these 10 minute-long Hip Hop classes will teach you a new set of Hip Hop basics.
It's the perfect tutorial for anyone who doesn't know how to move when they go to dance at a club.
Got a handle on the music? Great.
Started bouncing with your body? Check. Now, let's get your feet moving!
But wait – you won't know which foot to step where without any practice.
So learn a few basic steps before you go to dance at a club.
This video will teach you how to do a 2-step, one of the most simple and versatile steps you can do:
Aside from the 2-step (RIGHT-LEFT / LEFT-RIGHT), you can also do the Step-touch (RIGHT-TOUCH WITH LEFT / LEFT-TOUCH WITH RIGHT)
Grapevine (RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT / LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-RIGHT)
And other simple steps we use when we dance at a club.
You can learn dozens of these moves step-by-step in Bianca Vallar's Grooving classes on STEEZY Studio:
By this point, you've got a handle on dancing 1. on beat 2. with your whole body 3. using steps.
But you didn't come to dance at a club to do all this alone!
Use the structure to make you feel confident; as a home base to come back to if you ever feel too awkward or lost.
Once you have that base, dance with the people around you.
If you're in a crowd or a group of friends, then you can play off of their movements and energy.
Mimic the moves your friends are doing, lip sync with them, rap Nicki's entire verse in Motor Sport from memory.
And if the DJ or song lyrics tell you to do something (like put your hands up or jump), then do it!
These are little things you can't predict or practice – remember that you're out to have fun, not to play DDR in your head.
Grinding (or whatever you call it) on someone is its own topic – but whether you're dancing with one person or a whole group of people, the most important thing to do is to...Stay in rhythm!
You and your partner or friends could be doing totally different things. They could be jumping while you're pumping your arms.
She could be swaying side to side as you're 2-stepping.
But as long as you're moving to the same beat, it'll still feel like you're dancing together.
(The closer you physically get, though, the more similar you want your movements to be so that you don't end up hitting each other or creating friction between your moves. Dance with them!)
If you got the basics of dance down but still feel awkward in the way that you dance, then watch this video.
These quick tips will help you refine your dancing so you look more loose, groovy, and comfortable:
Being preoccupied with insecurities can taint the whole experience of going out to dance at a club.
The good news is: You don't have to stay insecure.
Follow these 5 steps and you'll realize that it's possible, and actually quite easy, to dance at a club.
You just need the right resources, some practice, and a dash of confidence. ;)Have fun!