Dance Tips for Men

Dancing can be complicated to learn, but the basics are simple enough for anyone to pick up. Whether you want to impress women at the club or just have some fun, here are some dance tips for men to help you strut your stuff! Howcast has hundreds of detailed dance videos to make learning how to dance easy!

Learn the Basics

If you’re a man trying to learn how to dance, you’re probably interested because you want to look good when you’re out at a club. With this in mind, you’ll want to create a good foundation to use that works for any song or music type you might be listening to. What this means is having a short, repeatable sequence of moves that’s easy to pull off.

A great place to start is with the two-step commonly used in hip hop dances. Part of the reason for this is that you’re likely to hear some hip hop music at a club, but the two-step is also super simple and can help you look like you know what you’re doing. To do the two-step, all you need to do is step to the side for the first part and bring your other foot over for the second step. Here’s how it’s done:

Move Your Upper Body

While you’re doing your two-step, you should also make a point to include movement of your upper body as well. The good news here is that you can improvise and freestyle as you’d like, but this can feel overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. A good place to begin with is by focusing on your shoulders, arms, neck, and head.

Learn how to upper body isolation moves from professional dance instructors Victor Sho and LaShonna Halloway in this Howcast video:

Stick to the Beat

Another concept to keep in mind is that your steps and movements should closely follow the beat of the music you’re dancing to. It’s one thing to understand dancing, but it won’t matter if you’re dancing offbeat and sticking out like a sore thumb. Focus on picking up a rhythm and beat before you start dancing so that you can follow along.

A good way to start is to focus on the bass beats of a song. As you begin to hear them, start slowly bouncing your body by bending and straightening your knees. There are usually a few sounds that are repeated during a song, so you should make a full two-step during each beat repetition. Once your bouncing is matching a song’s beat, then you can start stepping and moving in time with the beat.

Explore Different Dance Styles

As you get comfortable with the basics, start exploring other styles of dance. If you’re new to the world of dance, you may be surprised to learn just how many types of dances there are. If you find a style that you enjoy, you’ll be more willing to get out there and bust a move. A good place to start is our guide to the world’s most popular dance styles. We have free video tutorials that make it easy to learn any dance you’d like!

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Smile & Have Fun

While the other tips in this guide are certainly useful, they won’t matter unless you make it a point to have fun! Dancing is meant to be enjoyed and can be a great way to meet women and socialize with friends. There’s a good chance you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s okay!

Just let loose and focus on moving to the music. Remember to stay on beat and have your upper body moving along with your footwork. While doing this, make it a point to quickly bounce back from any missteps you make and keep smiling to make it look natural. Your personality will shine through in your dancing, so you should try to stay positive and light-hearted to make yourself attractive to others!

Start Dancing Today!

We hope this guide helps you understand how to start dancing for men! If you want to watch more detailed video instructions and guides, head to our main How to Dance page.