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How to Learn R&B Dances

By Stephen A. Powell ; Updated September 15, 2017

Dancing to R&B music can be easy and fun. Learning specific choreographed R&B dances and steps requires attention, practice, patience and understanding of the rhythm. With time and effort, you can perform the R&B dances you see in nightclubs and music videos.

Sign up for a dance class specific to the R&B dances you want to learn. Some instructors specialize in smoother, slower tempo R&B dances while others teach more up-tempo routines. The aerobic and choreographic instruction of a dance class makes for an ideal environment in which to learn R&B dance philosophy as well as steps.

Observe and study the R&B dance you want to learn if you are not able to attend a dance class. Watch others perform the dance live or study recorded performances. Do your best to memorize the dancers' motions. Music videos can be acceptable R&B dance step templates as well.

Replicate your desired R&B dance steps in private in front of a full-length mirror. Play R&B music of an appropriate tempo. Use the mirror to monitor your movements closely, making sure they are in line with those of your template.

Rehearse your routine as often as possible until the R&B dance steps resemble those of the experienced dancers you replicate.

Try your carefully rehearsed routine at a disco, nightclub or otherwise public venue for R&B dancing. Be sure to add your own style and flair to the R&B dance step templates you have learned. Have fun!

Tip

Avoid practicing unfamiliar R&B dance steps in public. Create your own R&B dances after mastering templates. Be mindful that R&B usually plays at a 4/4 rhythm.

About the Author

Stephen A. Powell is a tenured, versatile music writer based in New York. After honing his skills at St. John's University and City College (CUNY), Powell took his writing and media development services to XXL Magazine, SiTV and One Networks among other media outlets. Powell's love of language arts and desire to help others realize their full creative potential are pervasive throughout his work.