These 6 Dance Apps Will Teach You to Move Like Jagger (or at Least Try)
by Stefanie Michaels
I’ve loved dancing since I was a kid. In fact, my Dad’s nickname for me was “popcorn” because I was always bouncing around. Weekend nights, my parents would clear their ginormous wood coffee table so I could use it as a stage to perform for them.
Recently, I’ve wanted to learn some hip-hop moves and also find something else I could incorporate into working out (which I really dislike doing), so anything that can keep my attention works. Dancing it is!
Here’s a list below of dance apps and sites I’ve tried:
- Zumba Dance – Get a full-body workout while having fun and learning some new moves. Different workouts from all over the world make things interesting and virtual classes are all led by top instructors.
- STEEZY– This app is perfect for those who want to get a great workout at own home, with lots of fun routines to choose from. Teachers are from the film industry. I really liked this app for it’s beginner lessons and basic moves to start.
- Dance Party – Tap this app if you are just a starter or expert dancer who wants to sweat it out. Choose instructors that teach a vast selection of workouts in different styles and levels.
- Dance with Me – This app is easy to customize your workouts to fit your specific goals and preferences and perfect for anyone who enjoys dancing but is a little shy about it. It has a ton of varied routines to choose from.
- Dance Fit – This app offers a more personalized workout experience with different styles and levels.
- Just Dance NOW – This is my favourite app because it boasts a wide selection of routines and songs—including hip-hop, pop, rock, and electronic music. If a beginner or experienced, routines go from easy to expert. It also includes game modes, including a mode where you can create your own custom routines and is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii, as well as on smartphones and tablets, so you can use it at home or on the go.
TIP: There are many hip-hop apps available that allow you to learn dances at home. Some other popular options include Dance tutorials and Dance Dance Revolution. Each of these apps features a variety of routines that you can learn at your own pace.
Did you know?
Many actors started their careers in hip-hop. Here are a few notables:
- Will Smith – Before he became a Hollywood superstar, Will Smith was a rapper and hip-hop dancer known as The Fresh Prince. He began his career in the late 1980s and rose to fame with his hit TV show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
- Jennifer Lopez – Jennifer Lopez started her career, appearing in music videos and as a Fly Girl on the TV show “In Living Color.”
- Chris Brown – Chris Brown is a successful R&B singer who got his start in hip-hop. He first gained recognition in 2005 with his debut single “Run It!”
- Channing Tatum – Channing Tatum started his career in hip-hop before transitioning into acting. He first gained attention with his role in the dance film “Step Up” (2006).
- Mario Lopez – Mario Lopez is best known for his role as A.C. Slater on the TV show “Saved by the Bell,” but before that, he was a dancer and won the male junior division of the 1984 Olympics Festival.
A little history:
Hip-hop, also known as street moves, originated in the late 1970s in the South Bronx, New York City. It was created as a part of the hip-hop cultural movement, including music, graffiti, and DJing.
Early hip-hop dancers would gather at block parties and perform improvisational moves to the music being played by the DJs. These early styles, such as breaking, popping, and locking, laid the foundation for developing hip-hop as a cultural phenomenon.
Over the years, hip-hop has continued to evolve and influence popular culture and has become a global phenomenon.