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How to Hip-Hop Dance like Nicki Minaj

Learn how to dance like Nicki Minaj from choreographer Matt Steffanina in this Howcast dance video.


What's up? My name is Matt Steffanina and today we're going to teach you how to dance like Nicki Minaj. I'm going to talk you through the moves and Dana is going to demonstrate them for you.

You're going to start by turning to the side. You're going to take your right foot and step it back into a lunge and punch down with your right hand. Then you're going to bring that right foot in, punch down again with your right hand, and this time you're going to pop your left knee up.

We're going to repeat that same step again on three and come back in on four. From here you're going just do a basic step touch starting with your right foot. Now we're going to add the arms and the shoulders into this movement. You want to bring your hands up in front of your shoulders and fists and you're going to push out with your right hand as you knock your right shoulder to the front.

You want to make sure when you're doing this that you also have a little bounce to the back so that it has a groove to it. Now let's add that to our step touch. We go five, six, seven, eight. From here you're going to snake to the right starting by dipping your head down and then rolling back starting with your chin, arching your back, and tucking your hips under.

From here you step right foot in to meet your left, and we're going to start a roll going down. But we're going to learn this in parts. The first step is to just press your heels into the floor one at a time. From here you're going to keep going with this motion and add your hips circling to the outside. As you push your heel down your hip rolls out.

Now, let's try this same step but dropping down for four and coming up for four. It goes down, two, three, four. Up, two, three, four. When you get back to the top you're going to step out on your right foot and hit any Nicki Minaj pose. You want to remember that Nicki is really animated so you don't want it to be a normal, everyday pose. You can do something like Dana's doing here, bringing her hands in and really contracting and pushing her shoulders forward.

Let's try this again from the top a little bit faster. Back and in and back and in. From here, step touch, five, six, seven, eight. Snake down and roll back, together, to go down, two three, four, up two, three, four and pose.

Let's try that with the music. Five, six, seven, eight.

And that's how you dance like Nicki Minaj.

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