“In the UK here, House music is huge and everyone moves to the beat when it drops! Seriously, I swear I am the only one not moving in time with the music and the whole club can see – any tips?”
“I was wondering if you could’ve me a video more on the lines of fast paced music such as house. It’s the popular music nowadays”
As you see, I get guys asking how to dance to fast-paced style of music like house and electro a lot. I think it’s mainly because it’s a music genre that’s increasing gaining popularity throughout the world. Plus, house and electronics music has a lot of energy behind it and at times it literally compels you to start dancing.
The problem though in this case is that since house music is a faster-pace style of music, guys often have trouble staying “on-beat” or finding the right “foot-work” to do to the songs.
Let me start off by saying that house dance is an entire culture of its own – kind of like baseball, bodybuilding or breakdancing. However, the house dance culture is more “underground” and is largely unseen by the general public.
So, what does house dance look like?
Check it out:
This is Mamson from Wanted Crew France. Pretty cool right?
Chances are, since you’re reading this article, you’re not looking to become Mamson good – at least not yet. To get to his level, you would typically have to take a couple dozen classes first and then train 10 hours a week for 3-5 years. Big commitment.
There is no way I can justify the dance by teaching you this article. It’s like trying to teach advanced algebra to grade 1 students on their first school day. However, I will show you how you can quickly start moving to house/electronics music in a way that’s sync and looks good.
First thing you should get a hang of is the rocking groove.
This is one of the most versatile and fundamental dance grooves you need to learn – right next to the “step-touch”
(see step touch here: )
Here is the video tutorial for the rocking groove:
This is the one fail-safe move you can do to pretty much all electronics styles of music (except for drum & bass)
A tip for getting good at this move is to rock using your core muscles. It can totally become a workout!
Watch the tutorials a few times to get the “feel” of the move ingrained in to your memory.
Once you’ve gotten used to the basic rocking groove, it’s time to kick it up a notch.
This one is called the basic Jack – it is commonly known as the “basic” in house dance.
Here’s the video tutorial:
At first glance I know it may look very similar to the rocking groove. However, as you’ve noticed, the Jack is broken down in to 3 separate movements – The bend, lean back and stand.
When practicing, make sure you are going through the entire range of movement and doing all 3 steps in sequence. As you’ve probably discovered, skipping a movement really messes up the move.
It helps to LEARN these moves to hip hop music with a steady beat at a medium speed. This way you will be able to catch the beat more easily and thus cut down your learning curve. Practicing in front of the mirror is essential too.
The reason for learning the rocking groove and is jack is because they are very versatile moves to do for the club. Since there sometimes may not be a lot of room to do footwork and move around, being able to groove on the spot will be tremendously helpful.
One more thing to mention here is that a lot of people also ask: Do I do the same move to an entire song? The answer is not as simple as a yes or no.
I’ve mentioned in other videos that once you’ve a few fundamental moves, all that’s left is tweaking the move to make different variations.
In this case, by changing your movements slightly – leaning left to right, loosening your hips, doubling up your motions or dropping your shoulders while doing the Jack or the Rocking groove, you won’t have to worry about looking “repetitive”.
Here is an alternate tutorial on the Jack.
Jardy (the name of the instructor) teaches is quite differently and when the movement is broken down, it looks like a completely different move. However when it’s put in to motion with proper speed, they start to look the same.
He is also dances more “aggressively”. You can scale up or down the intensity of your movements to your own linking.
That’s about all for now.
After you’ve finish your practice session, check out this clip for pure entertainment purposes:
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