Dance Tips for Women

Dancing can be elegant, graceful, sexy, and so much fun! Or at least it looks that way when you see others doing it. If you’re in need of some dance tips or a confidence boost before you start dancing, Howcast has tons of free dance lesson videos to show you the ropes. Don’t let fear or inexperience rob you of a great time. Here are some great dance tips for women!

Before You Hit the Dance Floor

Success on the dance floor actually starts before you even get there. If you’re not prepared physically and mentally, you’re not going to achieve your dance goals, no matter how hard you work yourself. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your first dance session:

  • Remember the power of observation. Before you dive in, you may find it beneficial to watch plenty of other people dance first. See how they move, how they hold themselves, and how they keep the rhythm. Howcast has numerous videos from professional dancers that you can start with! Start on our main How to Dance page to find your favorite styles.
  • Improve your posture, on and off the dance floor. If you’re a sloucher, work on standing or sitting straight throughout the day. If you find yourself shrinking away or taking a defensive posture while dancing, work on being more confident and open.
  • Stretch regularly. Stretching regularly, especially your legs, is one of the best things you can do for your body. First and foremost, stretching helps make your body more flexible, which is a major component of great dancing.
  • Buy a pair of dedicated dancing shoes. If you don’t already own a pair of good dancing or athletic shoes, go out and buy one! It’s crucial to keep your feet strong, healthy, and well-protected.
  • Mistakes are okay. Many new dancers are afraid of making mistakes or simply not being as good as the dancers around them. This is normal! But you need to remember (and internalize) that making mistakes can actually be a good thing! If you don’t make mistakes, it means you’re not leaving your comfort zone—and you’re not learning. Mistakes are a part of the learning process.

How to Look Great While Dancing

Okay, so you’ve gotten over the initial fear. You’ve been watching others dance like crazy for the past hour. You’re wearing your new shoes. So, what do you actually do on the dance floor? This simple four step dance is a great place to start:

How to Do a Simple Four-Step

Let’s break it down:

  • Step 1: The Head. Start strong with a hair toss.
  • Step 2: The Shoulders. Next, add some flair with a shoulder move.
  • Step 3: The Hips. Now move your hips.
  • Step 4: Finish with a confident step-touch.

See how simple this is? To keep it looking sharp, throw in some variations with each rotation. Did you flip your hair to the right last rotation? Now flip it to the left. If you rolled your hips before, try dipping them next rotation.

This four-step is both easy to master and extremely versatile. You’re sure to look amazing and can add some personality as you get used to the basic movements.

How to Dance with a Partner

What about dancing with a partner? If you’re aiming for a classy dance experience with your significant other or a fellow dance classmate, keep this in mind: it's always 50/50. Lots of times it's great to think about connecting through your belly button. Right? So, if you feel your partner pull away, you pull away a little bit. If you feel him give, you give a little bit. If you can master that concept and just take a second with your partner and really pay attention to each other’s bodies, your partnering in general is going to improve.

How to Do a Dip for Women

Are things getting a little spicy and you want to know how to take a dip? Try the Latin dip. The best thing about the Latin dip is that it’s flexible. You can use this simple dance move with your partner with just about any kind of music playing in the background. And it’s pretty hot.

Here’s some things to keep in mind:

  • The Legs. It’s important to keep your legs straight when your partner initiates the dip.
  • The Middle. To “test the waters” and ensure your partner has you, lean back a little bit. When you feel that it’s safe, go ahead and bend your legs a little more to complete the dip.
  • The Upper Body. Remember earlier when we mentioned the importance of posture? The Latin dip is a great example. You have to make sure you’re not putting stress on your neck during the dip. Relax your body and release the tension in your muscles, especially near your neck.
  • A quick note: Many women tend to get excited when they feel the dip coming, and just go for it. This is a mistake. It’s important to first ensure that your partner is ready for the dip, or else you may end up on the floor!

Heat Things Up with These Sexy Dance Moves

Alright, alright. As a beginner, how can you add some spice to your movements? Are there really sexy dance moves out there for women who are just starting out? Absolutely yes!

We recommend starting with another kind of dip: the hip dip. It’s so easy to pull off, and the name says it all.

Here are the basics:

  • Step 1: Feet together.
  • Step 2: Hands on thighs.
  • Step 3: Knees bent.
  • Step 4: Dip to the right…
  • Step 5: ...And dip to the left.

An important thing to note here is the arch. Once you’ve bent your knees in step three, giving your body a slight arch will give your figure a little spice and make the hip movements that much hotter.

Start Dancing!

Now that you have a few dance tips and tricks up your sleeve, get out there and start dancing. Even the simplest moves will take some practice to perfect, so it’s important to start sooner rather than later!

We hope you found this beginner’s dance guide for women helpful and that you feel ready to take these tips and tricks to the dancefloor. For more free dance video lessons, explore our main How to Dance page