Tips for Beginner Shufflers

by: Koretha

 

Shuffle dance also known as Melbourne shuffle originated in Australia in the 1980s.

This dance consists of “shuffling” your feet inwards , outwards, while moving the rest of your body to follow the beat.

This is a great way to get cardio and can be done almost anywhere. Here are some tips on getting started!

1. Good shoes

Athletic type shoes work the best. Ideally any that are on the lighter side to make it easier to move around.

Shoes that are worn in a bit are also great or any with smoother soles with less grip on the bottom so you can slide your feet on the ground.

This also applies to the ground, the smoother it is the easier it’ll be to shuffle on.

2. Finding the right songs

It’s important to find the right jams!

Once you find the songs you like it can be easier to feel connected to the beat and can be more enjoyable.

Here’s 2 links to some slower bpm songs to learn to shuffle.

Playlist 1

Playlist 2

3. The running man

This step is crucial to learn and is primarily the first move you would want to learn.

The running man will help you transition into other moves and combos.

4. Small stance

When I first started out the biggest issue I had was moving fast enough to be on the beat.

This was solved when I took smaller steps and had a smaller stance, it also helped with my balance too.




The smaller steps made it a fraction of a second faster to bounce back.

5. Move those arms!

Sometimes focusing too hard can make your body stiff.

Try to relax and move to the beat, don’t worry about trying to make it look good or thinking that it looks silly.

6. Tutorials

Youtube and instagram are 2 great ways to learn how to shuffle.

Check out tutorials and hashtags for more dance inspo.



Some people make shuffling look like a breeze, but it requires a lot of coordination and fluidity.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re not nailing the moves right away, keep practicing and it’ll become second nature as you let your body move to the beat.

Most importantly have fun and get groovy!

 

About the author: Koretha

Hi I'm Koretha and I was introduced to the rave scene in 2016 and fell in love with the community instantly. I hope to share the vision of plur with fellow ravers both new and old to the scene. Don't be afraid to say hi if you ever spot me or on instagram! @koretha

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