How to Count in Dance

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Counting in dance must be done in a very particular way so you always know when to come in with the next move. Count in dance with help from a professional dance fitness instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sabrina Moxie with Body Lingo, and I'm here today at Body Lingo Dance Fitness Studio in South Pasadena, California. I'm going to show you some of the three main dance counts that you would be using and which help you build on any dance steps. So the first is your basic straight eight count, which would be one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. So in most situations, it might vary in tempo, but your basic counting rhythm would be straightforward, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. So to demonstrate, I'm going to do a grapevine across the floor in a straight eight count which looks like this, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. The next count is a waltz count, which is a one, two, three, kind of a skip count. So it's one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three. This is most commonly found in ballroom dancing. So as an example of how you would count on a one, two, three when you're dancing, it looks something like this: one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three, one, two, three. The last one is a jazz count which is one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. The most important thing about a jazz count is to keep that swing and make sure that you're also staying consistent when you return. So, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, the same way that you emphasize when you are counting, you're going to emphasize as you dance. Again, with the grapevine, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. As long as you keep these counts consistent, they should work interchangeably for various tempos and for various dance styles. Explore your counting, get really good at it, and then the world is yours. For more information, check out our website at www.bodylingo.org. I'm Sabrina Moxie, have a great day.

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