Learn To Dance, Part 1 || (Level 0) | Alek Novkovski | Skillshare

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Learn To Dance, Part 1 || (Level 0)

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Is This Class Right For You?

      2:55
    • 2. Using Guided Videos

      2:10
    • 3. The Simple Stepping Pattern

      1:58
    • 4. Prepare for the Stepping Drill

      1:38
    • 5. The Stepping Drill

      0:44
    • 6. What is Timing?

      2:45
    • 7. Counting as a Trick

      2:50
    • 8. Add Timing to The Simple Pattern

      2:40
    • 9. Prepare for the Drill

      1:05
    • 10. Drill To Counts First

      2:04
    • 11. Drill To Music

      2:04
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About This Class

Congratulations! You've just discovered the world's one and only dance class for the "true absolute beginner". And mind you, there is a huge difference between a beginner and a "true absolute beginner".

If you've ever wished that you could learn to dance, but didn't feel confident about signing up for dance classes in real life, then this is the perfect class for you! With this class you can start dancing in less than 30 minutes. Yes, really.

The stepping pattern that you will learn in this class will give you a great foundation for learning any of the partner dances later on, including, but not limited to:

- Bachata
- Waltz
- Salsa
- Merengue
- Cha Cha
- Swing
- Disco Hustle

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Alek Novkovski

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1. Is This Class Right For You?: Congratulations, you have just discovered the world's one and only dance class for the true absolute beginner. And mind you, there is a huge difference between a beginner and a true absolute beginner. If you're not a 100 percent absolute beginner, you might find this class a bit too slow and even unnecessary. In that case, I am going to recommend that you check out later parts of this series. Now, what do I mean by a 100 percent absolute beginner? Well, this is a person who feels that they have two left feet. They have absolutely no confidence in their ability to coordinate their body. They have no sense of written or sense of musicality. Now, the funny thing is that most people on the planet fall into this category. Yet no course exists for such a person. In fact, if what I described is a level 0 in dancing, most beginner courses actually started something closer to level five. So when a regular person signs up for so-called beginner dance classes, they often get disappointed at their ability to follow the instructions and they just give up on dance forever. Little do they know that the course was Miss advertised? In fact, you can only follow along with a regular beginner dance course if you have some previous skill or experience with another activity, even if you just went to gymnastics or piano lessons for two months as a kid, these kinds of things can actually make a huge difference in your ability to follow dense instructions. If you did such things, you are no longer a true absolute beginner, but merely just a beginner to dance. And these kinds of people are the only type of people who can survive a regular so-called beginner dance class. Now, how do you know if this true absolute beginner class is right for you? Well, you can just try going through the class if you find it unbearably slow. And you are probably now they drew absolute beginner. And you can skip to the higher levels which are also going to be posted separately on Skillshare. If however, you find this glass to be just a bit slower than you would like, feel free to play the videos at a faster speed. 2. Using Guided Videos: Before we learn the simple stepping pattern, I just want to show you how we will use the breakdown videos in this course. We are now going to do a simple test to make sure that you're on the same page. While this guided breakdown now is super slow, we will pick up in pace as you progress throughout the course. To start, I want you to put your feet together. Now note, this video will be the mirror option, so the denser on the screen will act as your mirror. So when I tell you to, for example, will lift your right foods, she is actually lifting her left foot. This is in order to act as your mirror. And now it is your turn to try this. Are you ready and standing up? Let us just check that we are on the same page in terms of the feet and that you match the denser on the screen. Take your left foot and lifted up. And now put it down. Now let us try this again. Take your left foot up and put it down. N1 less time. Take your left foot and put it down. Great. Now we will try with the other foods. Take your right foot and lifted up and put it down. Now, one more time. Take your right foot up and put it down. In one last time. Date, the right foods. And put it down. 3. The Simple Stepping Pattern: Now that we're on the same page, we can actually start doing the full basic step in drill, which actually alternates between the two fits. All. Let us look at the denser on the screen to see how this alternating action looks like. No need to follow, just watch. We will start by lifting the one foot, put it down, lift the other foods. Put it down. Lift the first foot, put it down, lift the other foods, put it down. So we alternate and do a stepping action on the one foods, then do a stepping action on the other foot. This is going to be your basic stepping drill. Great. Now it is your turn to try this. You're going to start by taking your left foot and stepping on the left foot first. And then you will do the same on your right foot. Are you ready? Let us do this super slowly. Take your left foot up and put it down. Now take your right foot up and put it down. Then we repeat the same pattern, starting from the left foot again and lift the left foot and put it down. And now lift your right foot's and put it down. And let us do this pattern, one less dime and lift the left foot and put it down. And lift the right foods and put it down. 4. Prepare for the Stepping Drill: Okay, Now it is time for practice. In the next video, which is a drill video, we're going to drill the basic stepping action. But in order to help you get ready for the real video, I want to show you how the drill starts. First, I'm going to count you in by counting to four so that you get a sense for the speed. It will look like this. 1, 2, 3, 4, and left and right and left and right. Now, I want you to notice something important. She starts by lifting the foot. When I say ends, this is so that she is ready to put it down. When I say you left. When I say and she lives the other foot. So the she is ready to put it down. When I say right. Now, before you go, just one extra tip for the perfectionist out there. If you are the kind of person that struggles with doings things imperfectly. I have a bit of advice just for you. Note, you do not have to worry about being super precise. For now. You do not have to hit the floor the exact same milliseconds as the denser on the screen. All you have to do is try to follow. And the more you do the drill, the more confidence you will get over time. 5. The Stepping Drill: 1, 2, 3, 4, and lefts and rights and lefts and rights and lefts and rights and lefts and rights and lefts and rights and left and right and left and right and left and rights and left and right and left and right. Left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right. 6. What is Timing?: Great job so far. There is no, just one thing left to ads before you can dance to music. And that one thing is timing. But what is timing? Well, timing is just how we relate our moves to the music. Let me give you an example. Let us say that you are in a club with a bunch of people listening to a club song. And the singer in the song keeps repeating. Wave your hands in the air. Well, if the crowd waves their hands each time this comes up in the song, we say that they are timing their moves to the lyrics of the song. Now, in partner dance, the way that we relate to the music is primarily using our legs and feet. That is, we tend to do a bunch of things with our fit in response to the music. The simplest way to do this is just that we listened to the one main bit in the song and match our actions to fit this one main bits. However, I think this will make a lot more sense if I just show you an example. Let us say that we take the simple stepping pattern and time it to the main bit of a song that might look a bit like this. Learning of dance, where you have one main strong bits is fairly easy. This is the case with densities like the Miranda and the hassle. In such a dense, it is super easy to time your actions to the beats in the song. Other types of dance in more advanced steps require more elaborate thiamine because they use a more complex rhythm pattern. For example, might ignore certain bits and do nothing. Or you might do three things for just one single bits. Now, do not worry about this more complex stuff yet. We will learn about rhythm patterns later on. For now, we will just get you started by just adding simple timing to your dancing. Specifically, you will do a step every time the bit hits in the music. However, in order to be able to do that, you will need the help of counting. 7. Counting as a Trick: And now let us look at why counting is crucial to helping you dance to music. When you're learning very simple things, counting helps a bit. But as you progress and learn more complex rhythm patterns and steps, counting will become absolutely essential. Most dense schools. The way that you learn a step is that the teacher will simply tell you things like put left here on the one, then bring right foot here on the two. Then they cleft with up here on three, and then bring right food here on four. So you are in essence learning a stepping pattern with numbers. But how do we go from that to you dancing the step to music by yourself? Well, practicing in dance involves three stages. At this stage, a teacher rule start counting for you as if though you were counting the beads from a song. So you listen to the numbers and tries to do the step based on the numbers. So it will count a bit like this, 1234. So you listen to the numbers and you do the steps to match the numbers. Then when the group is ready, the teacher will do a trick. They will play a song on the speakers and start counting the bits from that particular song. While the song is playing on the speakers. You will then proceed to do the same steps to the same numbers. It's just that this time the numbers correspond to the bits coming from the speakers. So it will look a bit like this. 1234. Now, the beauty of this trick is that it kind of tricks you into dancing to the music while you are consciously focusing on hitting the numbers that the teacher is saying. You are also at the same time stepping to the beat of the actual music coming out of the speakers. So this gets into your muscle memory in a way. And stage three is just when the teacher plays the music on the speakers and lets you dance without counting the bits for you. So this is kind of like removing the training wheels on a bike. 8. Add Timing to The Simple Pattern: In this video, we are going to add signing to your basic stepping action drill. As before, we're going to start by lifting the left foot and then step on it, then take the right foods and step on it. Unlike before, we are not going to count this as left, right, left, right. Instead, we are going to use numbers. So stepping on the left foot will happen on day one. Stepping on the right foot will happen on the two. And just to be clear, when we say that the footsteps on the one, we mean that the foot hits the floor on day one. When we say that the footsteps on the two, we actually mean that the foot hits the floor on the two. Now, it is your turn to try this. If you are not standing up, you will want to do so and face the screen so that you can follow along with the denser on the screen and try this for yourself to make it easier for you. I am going to say, and 12, the end signifies the time before the number hits. We save the end so that you have time to think and lift the leg. Remember, your foot hits the floor when the number hits. Let us demonstrate this for you before you try it yourself. And 1212 and 1212121 to 121 9. Prepare for the Drill: Okay, Now it is time for practice. In the next video, which is a drill video, we're going to drill the basic stepping action to slower me Wrangham music. This is actually the same thing as dancing amaranth, basic ethanol party. However, in order to help you get ready for the drill video, I want to show you how the drill video starts. First. I am going to count you in by counting to four, like so, 1, 2, 3, 4. And then you will step on the left foot. And then you will step on the right foot. And then you will just repeat this pattern for the duration of the drill. 10. Drill To Counts First: one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two one two 11. Drill To Music: 1212121212121212121121212112121111121123411111111 with 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 2, 1 2 1 1 1 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 2, 1, 1, 1, 1 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, one.