The best dancers make hard moves look easy. But it’s important not to try anything you haven’t practiced extensively – otherwise you might injure yourself, lose your lines, or just overwork yourself (which can lead to muscle fatigue and injury).
Know Your Music
If you have a piece of choreography memorized, you will find that it is much easier to remember and do the movements when dancing. Similarly, if you are improvising to a song, having the melody and lyrics in your head will help you remember what movements are coming next and keep you in sync with the beat.
Never hesitate to ask your instructor or other dancers a question. They are there to teach you and they want you to succeed! They are more than happy to answer any questions you have – no matter how simple or obvious they may seem.
Don’t Do Tricks
Many dancers, especially those who come from gymnastics or acrobatic backgrounds, have a tendency to try putting tricks into their routines. This can include flexibility stunts, pointe work, tumbling or leaps that their body isn’t ready for. This can throw off the whole dance, if done incorrectly or impatiently, and it’s also not good for their scores or for their safety.
Lastly, when you are dancing, remember to look up, smile, and have fun! Having a positive attitude is the most important part of dancing and it will also make you appear confident.