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How to Hip-Hop Dance at a Club for Beginners

Learn how to dance at a club from choreographer Matt Steffanina in this Howcast dance video.


What's up? My name is Matt Steffanina, and today I'm going to teach you how to dance at a club, the beginner dance moves. These are things that you can go into a club tonight and start doing right away, and get you grooving and have a good time.

The first thing we need to work on is our basic groove. We have two choices with this groove. You can either rock back on the beat, or you can rock forward on the beat. It doesn't matter which one you do, but you have to pick one. The most important thing when you're doing any step in a club is staying on the beat. Once we get this groove we can add any step in we want.

For our purposes today we're going to start with a simple step touch. I'm going to use the groove that goes back. So, when I say the groove that goes back I mean if the beat is going boom, two, three, four each time that bass hits I'm leaning back on the beat. It's also important to note that it's not just my torso going back, but it's also my chin and my head pulling back this way. And my knees are bouncing so that I'm going lower as I bounce back.

Let's take that simple groove and put it with a step touch. So, we have our groove here, two, three, four. We're just going step, touch, step, touch, step, touch, step, touch.

The key to making these simple moves look good is being relaxed and being confident. You can do anything with your arms as long as they follow the same rhythm that your feet are doing. What I mean by that is if you're body's going back in a rock you want your arms to groove on that same beat. They can swing front to back, they can open and close, they can push down, they can go up, but you don't want to have them spazzing out in different directions. You want to keep them smooth. If the beat speeds up your arms can speed up.

Lastly, with your feet we aren't limited to just the step touch. We can step over and over with the same foot, for instance turning ourself around in a circle. We can add a slide. Step, touch, slide. We can bounce on the beat and go back to our basic groove.

If you take these three things, your step touch, your bounce, and your slides you can have limitless combinations that you can use out at the club. Just remember to smile, have a good time, don't be shy, and keep that groove on beat no matter what.

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