FAQ: Can ANYONE Learn to Dance?

To all of you out there who feel shy, hopeless, uncoordinated- there IS hope and yes ANYONE can learn to dance!

I’ve received many comments on my youtube.com/ClubDanceLessons Channel where people say dancing is something you have naturally or you don’t… and that you can’t learn to have rhythm and feel the groove.

These comments are complete BULLSHIT.  Rhythm CAN be learned, and ANYONE can improve their body control and coordination.  In 13 years of teaching I’ve seen hundreds of the most uncoordinated people in the world and I can honestly say every single one of them improved.

I didn’t say it would be easy, or say how long it will take, but generally I see improvements in my students within the first 2 hour of lessons, more improvement after 4-5 lessons, and  after 10+ lessons  muscle memory has taken hold and many of the movements become more natural.

I will mention the most difficult student I ever had was a Gentleman from Chicago.  We completed a weekend crash course over 3 days and he made significant progress.  When I saw him months later for a follow up lesson in Los Angeles he had regressed to his pre lesson habits.  The reason he regressed was because he had not practiced since we had our initial lesson.  However since we had had training previously he picked up the skills quicker then he had the first time.

If you feel like you’re not improving you either:

  1. Are not listening to or watching your instructor carefully enough.
  2. You have not practiced enough to retain the movement in your body.
  3. You are being impatient.
  4. Don’t have a quality instructor.

Notice I did not mention anywhere in that list you that you should quit, or anything negative.  As I mentioned in my previous post learning is not an overnight process, you need to take lessons and practice consistently to get where you want.

What challenges are you having with learning to dance?


23 thoughts on “FAQ: Can ANYONE Learn to Dance?

  • Weekpoint: freestyle

    Do you have any pointers on where to pick up more freestyle moves? I’m looking for versatility, variety and something I could study on my own. 

    I’ve taken years of martial arts and fighting but who knew dance was so much harder! I can take an opponent to the ground and get them into an armbar but a six step confounds me. I’ve done drills where, for several minutes, I fight off a group of attackers that surround me. I find that drill less intimidating than the freestyle circle. Taking dance has certainly been an interesting experience.

    • Hey,

      You can pick up moves everyday by watching things in nature, or machines. Also try taking some hip hop classes, and you can learn moves that way to incorporate into your repetoire.

      Practice the movements over and over until they become comfortable in your body. (Muscle Memory)

      Hope that helps, let me know if you have more questions.


      • I was actually expecting a website with a list and tutorials but watching things in nature, machines; that’s pretty interesting.

        Muscle Memory- This makes sense

        Hip Hop Class- Done!

        Check me out here:
        (Red Shirt at about 1:20)
        That was my third class. The moves are basic and I think I look stiff but I’m proud of it!

        So this is what I’m learning. Any recommendations on how to translate those moves to the club?

        • Thought I would share this for anyone looking for learning opportunities:

          The BASIC Hip Hop class I took was a lot like the game Dance Central. In both you learn move sets and build up to a routine. I actually pick up the routines faster in Dance Central. The character models move realistically, it breaks stuff down well and builds on what is taught. Plus you get to experience a lot of different moves, routines and songs and notice some patterns (musicality?). That said though, class itself was still an interesting experience. I would recommend it and plan to attend more.

          • I heard Dance Central is good, I haven’t tried it but it looks fun. Basic hiphop classes even cardio classes at the gym are good for beginners to start learning to move better, use muscles they’re not used to. They will also help you build coordination between body parts.

            I still think they’re not ideal for club dancing, that is why I have my own curriculum. But they’re definitely a good start.

            Thanks for sharing!


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