Unlike some other dance forms, pop dance is very accessible and can be practiced at home by any age. Having said that, if you want to be a good popping dancer you need to dedicate time every day. It might not be as much as 12 hours, but just a little bit of dancing each day can help you become a better dancer.
It is also important to remember that you can’t just focus on your footwork. Having a strong core, flexible body and a good understanding of how to hit your music is vital for any type of dancing. A good way to get a feel for all of these components is to strip your dancing down to its basics. Watching a video tutorial can be helpful, but you need to find one that is arranged in a progression starting with the fundamentals and then moving on to the more advanced moves.
A few other techniques to learn for pop dancing are slow movements that contrast quick movements to give your dance a slow motion effect, as well as creating an illusion of being inside of a strobe light by using smooth isolations of the arms, head and chest. Another cool trick is to create the impression of a wave traveling through your body by moving each part of the body in small, rapid vibrations.
As you become a more experienced dancer, you can try to incorporate some of these tricks into your routines to make your dancing more interesting and unique. However, it is important to remember that you should always practice safe dance and never over-exert yourself. If you are unsure about anything, consult your instructor for advice.