How To Get Back Into Dancing After A Break

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How To Get Back Into Dancing After A Break

Charise Roberts
January 23, 2024
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So, you want to get back into dancing? Let me guess, you miss the butterflies that hit before a performance. Or just vibing out with your teammates and dancer friends.

You find yourself watching old footage, itching to move again... But aren't sure how to get back into dancing.

Sometimes we have to step away from the dance scene and focus on other parts of our lives.

We can relate: How To Survive Being An Alumnus Of A Dance Team

Whether the reason was a full time job, extra units at school (or both!), quitting dance is tough, and getting back into dancing can be tougher.

But not if you know what to do. Here are some tips on getting your groove back!

Drop-in a class with a friend

Look up what classes are held at your local studio. Workshops are constantly posted on social media.

Stay updated through Facebook event pages and follow dance crews on Instagram. But it can be intimidating to jump back in by yourself.

“I haven’t danced in forever! I’m so scared to go by myself. I won’t be able to keep up…”

If you feel this way, then find an active dance friend or someone who feels the same to go with you. You can motivate each other!

If your pick up feels rusty, read this first: Dance Tips To Pick Up Choreography Fast

And watch this video!

Be your friend’s assistant

Having trouble regaining your inner confidence? Help assist your friend’s class. This is a great way to learn and be a good example at the front of the class.

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.

– William Jennings Bryan

Tip: Learn the choreography prior to class! This way, your friend can practice teaching and see how the piece looks on another person.

In addition, you can practice the piece ahead of time so some of those jitters fade away.

Go to a dance competition or showcase

Getting back into dancing is more than just the physical part. It's also about getting involved in the dance community again. So support a show.  

You’ll see what teams are creating nowadays, what moves are "in," who's up and coming, etc.

You'll get the inspiration you’ve been seeking and the familiarity of the dance community!

Audition for something

An audition day can reevaluate where you stand in your dancing. Find a dance team audition and go through the process.

Even if you don't plan on joining (ask if this is allowed first) wanting to feel confident on audition day will give you something to work for.

And in the audition, you won't just learn a piece like you do in class, but be pushed to give your best performance possible.

This is useful: How To Make Your Dream Dance Team

This can also be useful: How To Cope With Not Making Your Dream Dance Team

Freestyle session

Do it alone or vibe out with your homies.Remember there is no wrong way to freestyle – this is your chance to be YOU!

Your ability to freestyle anywhere, anytime is one of the reasons Why You'll Always Be A Dancer, Even After You Stop Dancing

Going to class, a cypher, audition – all of these will feel more comfortable if you get back into dancing on your own.

Dance may have left your schedule but the passion still remains!

If it had a place for you before, you can always come back.

STEEZY Studio is a great way to get back into dancing. It's convenient – you can access it anytime, anywhere.

This means you can learn comfortably, at the pace you want, in the privacy of your own home. Try it out for free by signing up today!