No announcement yet.

Need Tips to improve my dance

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Need Tips to improve my dance

    :p Any of you other fancy shawlers got any tips on how to improve my movement? spins? and crow hop?
    ..::First ever 2002-2003 Princess::..
    ~*~*~* The original POWWOWCHIC49 *~*~*~
    *~*JINGLE IT*~*

  • #2
    jump rope! watch american indian dance theatre videos...oh ya, once someone told me they heard practicing on a trampoline would help? lol i dont know abotu that one.

    MizzQaqimat's Space


    • #3
      yea.. try practicing to techno, that's really good for your stamina, it's also good when the song gets real fast, as for the trampoline thing, that's a good idea, never heard of it :flaming:
      The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
      --Mata Hari


      • #4
        Have someone video tape you in action. That way you'll know what you look like compared to other dancers. Nowadays, all fancy shawl dancers seem to dance alike. KICK, KICK, KICK...spin over to this new spot...THROW up the shawl...KICK, KICK, KICK...spin over there...THROW up the shawl on the other side... :Chatter Well, you know the rest. I think an improvement would be dancers who actually had some different kind of footwork, you know? Now, BACK in MY day... :Chatter
        Not better. Not worse. Just different.


        • #5
          I so AGREE!! I am sick of seeing FancyShawl turned into a sprinting and spinning contest!
          And what is up with that beating someone who actuaaly has moves?
          I suggest you get out there and compete compete!! I was once told when you constently have to compete against the best you are always pushed harder to be better than if you don't have to try!!
          Try dancing with leg weights on. Girls used to do this alot awhile back but not so much anymore. This helps your legs build strength and makes you feel super light when you contest!
          Good luck!
          Before you attempt to beat the odds, make sure you can survive the odds beating you!

          Why do some people bother breathing when you know their brain isn't getting the oxygen?


          • #6
            yep listen to fancy she's got the calf muscles to prove it!!!!:):):):)
            Well will wonders never cease.....


            • #7
              Something that you might want to try is moving your arms when you go into a spin, and while you are spinning. I see a lot of fancy dancers hold their arms stiff when they spin. Don't do that! When you are a fancy dancer all of your body needs to be moving. Spin, hop, kick, jump, ripple your arms... etc. Also I was once told to smile, and look up when dancing. It looks better when you hold your head up high!! Oh and most of all have fun!! If you are truly having fun when you are dancing, then a lot of your moves will be fluid, and very natural which alone will greatly improve your dancing ability.

              I hope some of this helps you! If you want anymore suggestions feel free to email or send me a PM!
              ~~*If you look closely you will see that
              the world is full of beauty.*~~


              • #8
                I guess I dance old style, cuz I have tons of footwork! My advice is if you really want to look good and have peoples respect, work on the footwork! Although, you may not win, so you have to decide why you dance. Either for the money or to keep the traditions alive! Just remember this, anyone can spin, but not everyone can have footwork!;) I'll vote for great footwork any day!!
                Fancy Star is right about the leg weights. I use them. Helps you keep your knees up high during those contests! Good luck!!
                Last edited by ogapahndn; 07-12-2002, 04:25 PM.


                • #9
                  I know I dancing to songs. Just turn on the stereo and jump around! Whether it is in the basement or living room. Wherever you have room to dance! I know my baby even dances around with me!!:)


                  Join the online community forum celebrating Native American Culture, Pow Wows, tribes, music, art, and history.

                  Related Topics


                  • Pink_Feather
                    Where can I learn how to dance?
                    by Pink_Feather
                    I am 9 yrs old and I am very interested in my Native American culture. I've been to many powwows and danced in the fancy shawl circle for three years now. I have only learned from what I have seen at the powwows but now I would like to learn how to dance the correct way. I need to learn everything!...
                    01-16-2011, 08:47 PM
                  • chahtaprincess
                    what to learn to fancy for MIW pagent
                    by chahtaprincess
                    Hey guys,

                    im going to run in the Miss Indian World pagent and I would much rather dance Fancy Shawl instead of Traditional Cloth... I live in Sarasota, FLorida and it is really hard to find someone that will be able to teach me... I have until April to learn and make my dress but I think...
                    06-26-2006, 01:19 AM
                  • Takomai
                    New Shawl Dancer looking for information.
                    by Takomai
                    I've come to you in a pursuit of knowledge, mainly about shawl dancing and the guide-line to stay as a respectful shawl dancer, instead of disrespected, so that I may know what to look for. I've yet to start learning how to shawl dance and wish to learn all the guide-lines before I work on learning...
                    10-26-2010, 05:13 PM
                  • jinglin'ndn
                    your respnses would be very helpful ty
                    by jinglin'ndn
                    well, im a teen jingle dancer right now but for the longest time ive been wanting to dance fancy shawl.. alot of people i know around the powwows say that i could make a great fancy shawl dancer.. i love to dance to the northern beat.. and i know i could deffinently keep up..i always loved to watch...
                    10-22-2005, 03:30 AM
                  • FAnCyShAwL86
                    step work
                    by FAnCyShAwL86
                    my name is Megan and i have been a fancy shawl dancer for about 7 1/2 years, and i have been ever so interested in learning new steps, but everyone that dances at our powows all have the same steps, we look the same :( i was wondering if anyone out in america can help me or give me some advice on how...
                    07-31-2003, 10:59 PM



                  There are no results that meet this criteria.

                  Sidebar Ad