How to learn dances faster: best tips and recommendations

The last thing you want to happen is for you to forget your choreography in the middle of a recital or audition. Make sure you really understand the choreography by first watching someone else, then breaking it up into little sections as you walk slowly through it.

You can mention moves that are hard for you to recall or relate them to the music. After mastering the choreography, you must practice it again. The more you practice, the more probable it is that you will learn your routine by heart.

Here are our top suggestions for increasing accuracy in those situations where you need to quickly remember dances.

How to learn a choreography fast


The choreographer may be teaching you the dance in person or online. Watch the entire sequence a few times before you start learning it. You can remember something better if you have it in your thoughts before you attempt it yourself.


You will be in a better position to educate your muscles with the knowledge you have once you have watched a workout several times and can mentally image the movements.

To comprehend time, pay attention to how the choreographer physically moves as well as how they move in relation to the musical beats or words. Try the movement and believe in your body once the image has become ingrained in your head.

Choreography breakdown

Most dance performances are divided into sections or have many narrative strands. Make these sections of your dance and concentrate on one at a time. Three quick segments are simpler to remember than one lengthy dance. After thoroughly understanding one section, go on to the next.

The sections don't have to be learned in order. Do the portion that appears to be the easiest for you to learn first, if there is one. Just be careful when you finally arrange all of the sections in a logical sequence.

Ask questions

Ask your instructor about any parts of the choreography that are unclear to you. Just have them play that section, but more slowly. If you don't already know the choreography, you can't memorize it.

You probably need to watch a set of movements at least three times before it completely clicks, so raise your hand if you need to.

Ask questions

Listen carefully

Pay attention to the instructor's verbal instructions in addition to the music. A choreographer will frequently repeat what they are looking for several times if it is anything particular.

These signals may make melody, energy, movement quality, and sequencing more understandable, which will help you remember what they have taught you.

Practice slowly

It might be tempting to get started right away while learning a new dance. Rather, perform the dance more slowly than you would in reality by going over each step one at a time. Realizing and memorizing each step helps in learning it.

Practice slowly

Create your own reminder

It can be simple to match certain choreographic suggestions with your foot placement during practice or your alignment with objects in your studio or home. You won't likely be performing in those areas, though. Instead, as you learn the choreography, create cues that are related to your body.

The flow of the dance and memory go hand in hand, but for this approach to function, you must intentionally identify the transitions between dance phrases as memory triggers.

Name difficult movements

Create your own names for any choreographic motions that lack official names. Even if the name may not make sense to everyone, it might aid in your memory of the sequence of motions.

This can make it simpler for you to recall the choreography by allowing you to connect it to names you are already familiar with.

Name difficult movements

How to practice choreography

Repeat the choreography continuously

Believe that your body will remember what to do as you practice. Even if you aren't conscious of it, your muscles can help direct your body since they have a kind of internal memory.

Repeat the choreography in your head

Run through the choreography in your thoughts, even if you can't physically practice it because you're somewhere else. When you are calm and comfortable, do the choreography in order. You can do this before going to sleep or right after waking up.

Repeat the choreography in your head

Learning and memory may both be considerably accelerated by mental repetition. It works best when you are at ease and is more potent when done right before bed. The benefit of practicing mentally before bed is that there is nothing to follow the practice, and thus nothing to compete with your brain's memorizing process.

Write down the choreography

Write down every move you make, starting with the first one, on a blank sheet of paper. The movements may be referred to by their official names or by names you have come up with. Make many notes on it. It functions as a way to practice the choreography without really performing it.

Write down the choreography

Record yourself

Make a video of yourself to watch your missteps. As you rehearse the choreography, become more aware of how your body appears. This allows you to evaluate your technique without having to rely on observing others, who might not perform the motion exactly as you do.

Record yourself

How to learn dances faster - Conclusion

You need a clear head to be able to comprehend choreography with your body and intellect. Avoid being too distracted. Leave superfluous mental clutter at the door as you enter the studio. Live in the now. Concentrate on the dance you're doing.

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Written by CalypsoRoom Editorial Team
The CalypsoRoom Editorial Team is a skilled and diverse group of writers, researchers, and industry specialists who have access to Calypso's data and information in order to give you broad knowledge about the music industry as well as helpful advice to help you manage your music and dancing career.

Updated January 2023

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