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How to Become a More Technical Dancer . . Shhh. . . Lai Rupe’s Secrets Enclosed.

Updated on October 17, 2014

"When you want something, I mean really want something, you have to Stop dreaming and make your dreams a reality. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to."

~Lai Rupe

Lai Rupe's Choreography

As humans, we naturally want to excel at anything that we attempt in this life. We strive and yearn for acceptance, approval and success. However, this need for success is even stronger when it involves a talent or interest that we are extremely passionate about. When I first started dancing, I was horrible. I honestly had no coordination at all, but when I danced, my eyes lit up.

I absolutely loved Dancing.

So I was determined to improve.

Even as a young child I asked to take extra classes so I could try to improve and I worked really hard. After all of my hard work, I was able to accomplish my childhood dream of becoming an International Dance Choreographer with Lai Rupe's Choreography.

My success has brought me so much joy and even now it seems surreal. This is why I want to share my secrets to help dedicated dancers be able to improve what they do to make their dreams come true. Everyone deserves to do what they want in life and this article will help you become the best dancer you can be.

1. Take Extra Technique Classes, Especially Ballet.

Even if you are not wanting to be a Ballerina, Ballet is the core of an amazing dancer. Ballet Technique helps you have a basis for how to control every muscle in your body. This control is what will be the difference between and sloppy and immature dancer, to a professional star. Ballet and Technique classes are where you will learn where to properly place your feet, how to keep your thighs turned out, where to hold your arms, and so on. IF you are wanting to be a better dancer, it has to start by learning the right technique.

It starts here.


2. Mirror Other Dancers.

This is honestly what brought be from being an immature dancer, to a professional - by watching dancers I admired and looked up to. In dance class, I used to always stand behind the teacher or best dancer and I would just try to mimic their movements. I know, this may sound somewhat like cheating and being unoriginal, but this is just to help you mature as a dancer. Psychologists will describe this as learning through observation, which is primarily how young children learn. When you mirror or mimic the movement of a dancer you admire, this will help you to better control your movements, as you want to copy them. This control that you begin to copy will quickly translate into muscle memory. Before you know it your muscles will remember where they are supposed to go and you won't need to mirror an others' movements anymore, they become your own.

Once you have the muscle memory you will then be able to make the movement more your own.

(For better advice on how to Mirror Other Dancers, check out this article here.)

Look in the Mirror to See the Dancer You Want to Be, and Be that Dancer.


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3. Build Your Strength.

Now that you are building your muscle memory, you also need to focus on building your muscles to have the strength and flexibility to perform moves, turns, and leaps with elegance. Lai Rupe, an International Dance Choreographer, swears by ankle weights to help you increase your strength and flexibility.

"You would be surprised how simple it is to increase the flexibility and strength in your legs. By wearing ankle weights while stretching, doing splits, kicking, and leg lifts, your muscles will increase drastically," says Lai Rupe. "My dancers always roll my eyes when I tell them they have to bring ankle weights for technique classes, but then that first day they immediately can tell a difference."

A dancers body should be toned and fit. Lai Rupe's Choreography suggests jogging daily to build stamina, wearing and using ankle weights for the first half of classes, and always pushing yourself. You will never get better if you are only doing things that seem "easy" to you. Make the decision to push yourself harder every time you dance. If you do this, it will be impossible to fail.

Nothing is wrong with a little hard work and dedication. That is how you go places.


Being an incredible dancer, (though often times comes from pure talent,) also comes to those who work hard and want it the most! With these three easy tips, I guarantee that you will become a better dancer even faster than your realize. Remember to stay in shape and use ankle weights as often as possible! Take technique classes and mirror dancers that you admire to help improve your muscle memory.

These simple tricks from International Choreographer, Lai Rupe, will help you mature as a dancer and push yourself to new levels, quickly improving your level of advancement. With all tasks you with to overcome and excel in, if you always give 100% of what you have to offer, you will always succeed.

Dancing Doesn't Always Come Easy - "Giant in my Heart" Choreography by Lai Rupe.

Have any dance questions, concerns, or topics to discuss? Don't hesitate to reach out to Lai Rupe's Choreography. I am here to spread the beauty of dance.

Also, feel free to check out the article, "Benefits of Training in Multiple Different Dance Styles"for more dance advice and tips.

Thanks for your LOVE and Support!

~Alaina (Lai) Rupe


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      Aaron 2 years ago

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