wikiHow of the Week: Dance Off!

7 Feb

(Commentary at the end)

How to Make a Dance Routine

With a little practice, you’ll be ready to bust a move in no time. If you’re learning an exercise dance workout DVD or video, concentrate on the exercise and you’ll pick up the moves as easy as 1-2-3.


  1. Pick the song you want to dance to. If you want to dance fast, pick a song with a fast beat, and if you want a more loving, tender, slow song, pick a slower love beat.
  2. Get the lyrics off a website (or from album notes), to help you know when to do what move.
  3. Think of some dance moves you can do and make them fit the lyrics and beat. Start by breaking up the lyrics into sets of four lines or eight lines, depending on the tempo of the song. Assign a a few “moves” for each set. Make sure to end each set with a move that the next set of moves can easily flow from. Don’t make your dance match exactly with the words, (for example for “fire”, don’t act like fire).
  4. When it comes to the chorus or the refrain, attempt at making the moves a bit more complicated. Since a song normally repeats this two or three times, it’s best to create more impressive moves for this part. They’ll wow the audience. But dont repeat the same thing every chorus. Although if you do repeat it the audience will like it but not as much.
  5. Put it together and dance.
  6. Always finish with a really impressive or step that really sums up the dance.
  7. Good Luck!!


  • When putting together a routine for a group, you can save time by dividing the group into subgroups of three or four people. Each subgroup gets a set of lyrics from the song which they’ll add dance moves to. Make sure everybody can do the moves.
  • Write down the steps and what words you do it on to help memorize it.


  • Make sure the moves are ones you can do. If the routine is for a group, gauge each person’s flexibility and ability to follow through.
  • Make sure you warm up before you start making or doing your dance and make sure you always do a cooldown.

While this, of course, is very helpful, I couldn’t do a post on dance routines without mentioning two very important things:

1. Despite my burning desire to be a hip-hop dancer, the closest I have come is a very limited number of simple dance routines.  Most famous, and well choreographed, of all is the Like a Prayer dance I perform at all functions involving alcohol and my college friends.  Somehow, the DJ played it as one of the first songs at my wedding, and all the guests looked more than a bit confused as nine schreeching ladies stormed the dance floor, looking for God, and then acted out the song.  They were even more surprised when the bride pretended to be spinning records during the remix portion of the song.  Frankly, I’m surprised the guests even stayed after that, but, then again, the cake hadn’t yet been served.

(The photo is obviously not from the wedding, but you get the idea.  This is from the “Its like a dream..” portion of the program).


2.  The Monica and Ross Dance Routine (I don’t know why the subtitles are in Spanish, but it somehow makes the whole thing funnier)


3 Responses to “wikiHow of the Week: Dance Off!”

  1. ALF February 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    Found your site from duchess jane’s – just wanted to say hi.

    I love that you posted the Monica & Ross dance routine – that is awesome.

  2. Julie February 8, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Hi Alf! Welcome!

    I’m a Friends fanatic (much like the duchess herself), so I’m all over any way I can work them into my blog, or every day conversation.

  3. jessica February 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    awesome!! you make me laugh!

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