“Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience.” - Lyall Watson

Do you think you are good at expressing yourself?

Perhaps you may not be a person who is good with words. You think you are far from a creative person because you can't draw with any tools.

But do you know that our body is actually a amazing tool to communicate even our deepest emotions effectively? That's how dancing come into to picture. The art of beautiful movement is produced when emotions and the power of music are balanced.

If you are hesitant to join a big dance class, why not start by getting dance tutorials and learning about dance from the comfort of your own home?

Thanks to dance being both an art form and a sporting activity, there are a lot of people interested in learning to dance. Everyone, at some point in their lives, has probably done a few impromptu dance moves.

Did you know that by taking dancing classes we can experience changes in our daily habits and how we live our lives?

Even absolute beginners can learn to do some new dance steps and start improving their lives. Find out about all the great reasons to connect with a dance teacher who can teach you the dancing style of your heart's desire and start attending dance classes today!

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Tone Your Body by Dancing

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or expert, working with a dance instructor is one of the best ways to get that dream body you’ve always wanted.

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Regular dancing helps you to achieve beautiful body lines and shapes in a fun manner.
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Most professional dancers are slim and toned and a lot of people would love to have a dancer’s body. However, very few of them realise that you can get similar results by taking weekly classes with an experienced dance tutor.

To get quicker results, you’ll need to do more than just traditional dancing. Men wanting to build muscle will obviously have to complement their dance tutorials with workout sessions while women looking to tone up without building muscle might be interested in dance fitness. Disciplines like Zumba, pilates, etc., can also help you improve your breathing and tone your muscles.

Dancing is great for the following muscles:

  • Buttocks
  • Quads
  • Abs
  • Hamstring
  • Calves, etc

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Doing at least 30 minutes of cardio each day is really useful for your dancing and your health. Cardio is great for your heart and can help you dance for longer during your lessons (an hour and a half instead of an hour, for example). Even if you've got two left feet and have no rhythm, dancing along to dance videos on YouTube or getting private dance lessons are a great way to stay in shape.

Professional dancers follow a strict training regime so forget about fast food! You should consider eating a variety of fresh produce and speed up your metabolism.

Get fit thanks to dance tutorials! Your instructor should be able to give you some advice on what to eat and how to stay healthy.

You Get To Meet New People by Dancing

Dancing has always been a great way to meet new people!

Whether you take group dance classes in a Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Seremban or Seberang Perai dance studio or leisure centre, you'll end up dancing with new people. Alongside traditional dance classes, dance associations also offer trips and excursions. A lot of friendships are born thanks to dancing.

Students can communicate with one another through dancing and chatting. Trust, respect and communication are all promoted through dancing. In fact, a social dance lesson can be just what the doctor ordered if you're looking to make new friends.

Don’t forget that dancing can be quite a sensual activity. It’s therefore quite likely that you might have to get quite close to your dance partner.

Do you know that certain dance styles like salsa, were designed for finding love on the dance floor?

If you’re looking for love, you have to be a dedicated dancer; nobody likes a dancer who’s just going through the motions. 

How many couples do you know who met each other on a night out?

Finally, some styles of dance (like pole dancing or disco dancing) can be useful for meeting people on a night out at either a nightclub or at dance parties. Your dancing could impress everyone in the club and you won’t feel embarrassed about everyone watching you do it.

If you've already met someone, don't forget that the both of you can get wedding dance lessons for your first dance. In addition to pulling out some choreographed dance moves when all eyes are on you (which they will be all day), this is also just a great thing to do with your partner before the big day.

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Isn't it an oh-so romantic memory to dance together as an official couple? A couple that dance together, stays together. Photo by Agung Prakoso BayuAdi from Pexels

Learn to Dance for a Career in the Arts Industry

Why not make your passion your job?

More and more people are getting interested in learning how to dance either for fun or professionally. Whether you want to teach Hip-Hop dance lessons, ballet, classical Indian dance, or ballroom dancing, dance tutors can certainly earn a living doing what they love.

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Many dancers eventually found the best way to unleash their passion for dance through teaching. There is great satisfaction whenever someone also experiences the joy of dancing.
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While you can teach people how to dance without any qualifications thanks to private dance tutorials, it’s recommended that you go down the professional route by studying at a dance academy or a conservatoire.

Starting A Dance Business in Malaysia: How To Be A Dance Entrepreneur?

If you have a passion for dancing and a knack for business, why don't you consider setting up your own dancing academy and being your own boss?

Here are some tips that you can take note of when you have decided to transition into a dance entrepreneur apart from performing as a dancer.

a) Be passionate about what you do and plan for (Work well with your team!)

As a dancer, you may have a range of dance styles that you are confident in at the very beginning. Take some time to plan the number of classes, your targeted audience, business expansion plan with your trusted partner and your teaching team.

Another key to remember is this: Teamwork makes the dream work. At times, you also need to delegate various responsibilities and tasks to different people when you are managing a business. Make sure that different members of your team have an equal chance to share their views and shine. For instance, if one of your team members is experienced in marketing, listen to his or her advice on how to secure customers through the best promotion methods.

b) Be realistic about your financial goals and set feasible strategies to achieve them

Though dancing is a creative and expressive art, you must remember that you are now running a business that deeply relies on customers to sustain what you are doing. You cannot avoid the money talks and certain decisions when it is pertaining the capital and business expansion.

If you are starting the business with minimum capital, bear in mind that you have to secure sufficient customers to earn enough money to pump back the capital into the business in order for the business to grow. That being said, you need to set up measurable goals to hit your customer target strategically by quarter or by year.

At the same time, it is also important to retain your present customers and make sure that they are satisfied with the dancing academy. Do not underestimate the power of social media or word of mouth as they serve as the best way to promote your dancing academy for free!

c) Activate your dancer instinct to spot and scout new teaching talent/ students

They often say that dancing relies a lot on muscle memory, which is true. This is why many experienced dancers can still dance to their favourite tune even after they have retired for quite some time. Even if you are currently managing the business and have stopped teaching, that does not mean that you have lost your touch to recognize a talent among someone who can perform (be it a student or a potential teacher).

Do not hesitate to connect with him or her because you will never know whether they could be a bonus addition to your dancing academy in the future. Furthermore, if you are looking to expand your business or look for different dancing tutors with different specialism, you certainly need to be open to new talents on the go.

For instance, if you and your team have decided to open a new class that teaches street dance due to the market demand but you currently have no one to teach. Do not miss any opportunities to connect with other dancers to get hold of the latest updates, regarding anyone who is interested in a dance tutoring job.

d) Learn to accept constructive criticisms and reflect on your mistakes 

Mistakes are inevitable in any business. In the case of opening a dancing academy, this also counts as a service-based industry where you deal directly with people. There will be times where you might hear unexpected criticisms and it could be quite hurtful. Instead of dwelling on it, look at it as a way to improve yourself and discuss it with your team, on how to be better in the next round.

“We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” ― John Dewey

Other Job Opportunities In The Dancing/Performing Arts Industry

While some dancers prefer to focus on technique, others prefer to study the theory of the art form at school. There are some great jobs available in the arts. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the different jobs you could do with a degree in the performing arts:

  • Arts researcher
  • Musical Choreographer
  • Costume designer
  • Stage manager
  • Dance lecturer at a conservatoire or university.
  • Dance teacher in a school
  • Dancing fitness instructor
  • Graphic designer
  • Owner of a dancing academy/school
  • Personal coach
  • Talent scout
  • Yoga or Pilates instructor

When you make your passion your job, you’ll never technically work a single day in your life!

Dance lessons don't have to cost the Earth! As a matter of fact, there are plenty of sources that you can refer to and read about when it comes to learning to dance for free.

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Discover About New Cultures through Dancing

Every country and region on the planet has its own unique styles of dancing and specialised dancing lessons.

 

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Traditional dance has its charm and is seen as a cultural heritage.
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Actually, in some countries, traditional dance instruction is even part of the national curriculum.

Our country, Malaysia is also famous for having an array of traditional dances thanks to its colourful and multicultural society. There may be even dances that you have not discovered or heard before but they certainly exist.

If you are interested, why not take some time to explore some of the traditional dances of Malaysia?

Here are some of the different traditional dances you could look into learning:

  • Zapin
  • Mak Yong
  • Kuda Kepang
  • Bhangra
  • Joget
  • Silat (Also a form of martial arts)
  • Piring
  • Ronggeng
  • Lion Dance
  • Fan Dance
  • Ngajat
  • Tarian Lilin
  • Datun Julud
  • Inang

Do not underestimate the experience of learning traditional dances. You will never know where your dance moves will lead you to.

You might end up as a social media sensation and a cultural ambassador! Such is the example of Syahir Akif Shahrin (Akif) who made a Tik-Tok video about an Inang Dance challenge that went viral in Malaysia (More than 164,900 views when he reposted the video on Twitter in 2020.)

Akif later shared that he is proud of his experience of learning traditional dances during his high school days and urged his fellow Malaysians to embrace the beauty of traditional dances in the country.

Dancing Can Make You Happy and Improve Your Well-Being

If you learn to dance, it can make you less grumpy! It is scientifically proven!

According to a Polish study in 2014, dancing affects your happiness. After an hour of dancing, beginners felt less stressed, had more energy, and were more creative. A Greek study from 2011 also showed that female breast cancer sufferers felt happier after an hour of dancing.

It’s also been proven that those with Parkinson’s disease are less agitated, more relaxed, and less tired after having danced.

Dancing is a great way to unwind and awaken your artistic side. Families can get dance classes or attend workshops and improve their relationships together.

The psychoanalyst France Schott-Billman had this to say in 2012:

“Dancing tango or salsa is more than just having fun. It’s a way of expressing yourself. [...] They gain a new way of communicating with their body.”

After their first lesson, a beginner will have a vastly different understanding of themselves. Dance lessons can help you improve your movements, get to know your muscles better, and empty your mind. Unwind after a tough week with a weekly dance class.

Additionally, dancing will improve your confidence and as you learn new moves and techniques and add them to your routine, you'll be desperate to get on the dance floor and show off your footwork.

Unlike when you learn how to dance at a university or dancing academy, you'll not have to worry about rushing for your lessons and spending lots of time commuting back and forth.

In the case of online dancing tuition lessons in Malaysia or one-to-one class schedules with private tutoring, you can fully enjoy the flexibility of getting dance lessons when and where you want.

Like all art forms, dancing has different disciplines and styles.

Regardless of your level, you can start learning how to dance with private lessons from an experienced and gifted dancer.

Studying at universities or conservatoires is arguably the best way to learn how to dance professionally. You will also be taught how to prepare for various dancing tests (for both theory and practical elements).

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Your sense of rhythm that you have developed as a dancer may lead you to a different career path one day, such as being a music DJ.
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Once you start studying how to dance, you’ll get both technical lessons as well as lessons on the theory and history of dancing. These are good for helping you gain a deeper understanding of the art form and the origins of dancing.

Here are some of the subjects you could study alongside learning how to dance:

  • Aesthetics
  • Analysing body movements
  • Choreography
  • Choreography and musical composition
  • Didactic methods for dancing
  • History of arts
  • Music
  • Performance techniques
  • Philosophy
  • The history of dancing and dance culture

In addition to helping you become a better dancer, mastering other subjects can also help you when studying dance or performing arts degree. Good knowledge of dance theory could help you become a dance historian or a lecturer in a number of subjects relating to dancing.

Wouldn't it be a waste if you do not become an advanced private dance tutor with all this knowledge? Seemed intrigued by this idea? Perhaps you can start doing your own research about the cost of dance tuition in different parts of Malaysia. 

Tell you what! You can even become a music deejay as a side hustle because you are so good with beats and rhythm!

Where To Study Dance and Performing Arts As a Degree and Postgraduate Degree in Malaysia?

If you are currently a schooling student, you may be thinking of pursuing dancing as a career or studying this field intensively.

Here are two educational institutions in Malaysia that you can consider if you love dancing and performing on stage.

a) University of Malaya (Located in Kuala Lumpur)

Programmes offered:

1. Bachelor of Dance

  • Students who enrol for this programme will study for a total of 6 semesters.
  • The course structure includes a diverse range of dance which includes Western, non-Western, Malaysian dance, the art of dance choreography, dance education, dance notation and many more.

2. Master of Dance

  • Students who enrol for this programme will study for 3 semesters minimum and 8 semesters maximum.
  • Students can pursue their research based on the following sphere: Asian Dance, Choreography, Dance Criticism, Ethnology, Indigenous and Malay Dance.
  • Can be taken mixed mode or fully research mode.Course structure for Master of Dance

    Semester 1
  • [RQA7001]  Dance Research Methodology
  • [RQA7003] Dance Pedagogy I
  • [RQA7004] Cheoreolab I
  • [RQA7005] Performing Arts Theory
  • [RQA7009] Postcolonial Dance in Asia -Elective 
  • [RQA 7011] Arts Management -Elective

          Semester 2

  • [RQA7007] Dance Ethnography
  • [RQA7006] Dance Performance Analysis
  • [RQA7002] Research Project (P)
  • [RQA7010] Choreolab2 -Elective
  • [RQA7012] Dance Pedagogy 2 -Elective

          Semester 3 (Special semester)

  • [RQA7008] Dance Studies Seminar
  • [RQA7002] Research Project (P)

b) Taylor's University (Located in Subang Jaya) 

Programme offered:

  • Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons)
  • Malaysia's first Performing Arts Conservatory Degree in collaboration with The Actors Studio
  • Duration of study is 3 years
  • Students are given two options to specialise in for this programme: Performance Track and Technical Theatre Track
  • For their second and third year, students can opt for overseas transfer to established partner universities in Australia or the United Kingdom
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When you are taking dancing as a major, you need to have a balanced knowledge of theory and practical skills. Your lecturers will be there to guide you each semester.
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How To Find Dancing Classes Near Me? With Superprof Of Course!

Now that you have reviewed the above reasons to learn dancing, all that's left is your next action. If you are an absolute newbie when it comes to dancing, just head to the Superprof Malaysia website and search for dancing lessons and select your current physical location.

If you are open to learning dancing via online classes, you can also adjust the filter to include tutors all over Malaysia who conduct their dancing lessons through webcam.

Once you are directed to the list of dancing teachers, you can clearly view their information on their tutors' profiles. Their information is updated and is fully verified by the Superprof team, so you can be assured of their validity.

Once you have decided which tutor to choose from, you can just connect directly with them, and they will get back to you within their stated response time. Most of the first lessons on Superprof are free, so be sure to check out the dancing lessons that are offered here!

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