Dancing is a great way to have fun, release tension in your body and burn calories. Whether you shake your booty in the comfort of your room or at a party, your main objective is to let loose and leave your insecurities behind. If you’re an avid dancer but uncomfortable with booty-shaking in public, it’s best to start in your room, in front of a mirror. Here are a few tips that will have you booty-shaking with the best of them in no time!
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Things you need
- A full-length mirror
- Dance music
For the best view, prop your mirror against a wall or on the back of a door. Make sure you put it somewhere with ample space to move around and dance.
To get familiar with booty-shaking, search for videos online. Look for videos of hip -hop singers Ciara and Beyonce, who helped propel this move to the mainstream. A general “booty shaking” search on YouTube unearths more than 100 videos. Because of the nature of booty shaking, be aware that you may find suggestive content. YouTube flags videos suitable only for those 18 and up, so be sure you meet those guidelines. If you find inappropriate videos, notify the site.
Now that you’ve studied the moves, it’s time to master them! Choose an upbeat play list and stand in front of the mirror. It’s best to begin slowly and increase your pace when you’re more comfortable. Plant your legs shoulder-width apart and bend your knees. Move your hips forward and backward, placing your hands on your hips or bent beside your chest, depending on your comfort level. Isolate the movements to your hips before you add flair. Do this repeatedly.
Once you get comfortable with this basic move and have increased your pace, you can add some variations to spice it up! Beyonce’s dance in her “Crazy In Love” video is a perfect example of how to make booty-shaking your own. She uses her feet to step with each hip movement and hops before planting her feet on the ground to begin a series of hip motions.
Tips and warnings
- Once you have the basic moves down, there’s little technique involved. Whether you arch your back, move your thighs or leave your arms hanging at your side, booty-shaking should be a fun addition to your dancing slate!
- Be confident! When you’re ready to take your moves beyond your room, listen to the music instead of worrying about technique. People can sense when a dancer’s self-conscious, so just let your movements speak for themselves. Don’t overthink it--it’s just dancing!
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