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Party Clubbing VS Dancing

Updated on November 14, 2014

Is Clubbing Dancing?

It has been recently debated on social networks as to IF Clubbing is considered dancing.

As a dancer, I have had too many friends who invite me to go clubbing with them. The times when I would decline, they would reply back by saying, "You're a dancer! You should love clubbing, all it is, is dancing!" For me, this statement seemed near impossible to comprehend. Yes, you dance at the club. However, clubbing is not dancing. Clubbing is a social excuse to drink, party, and get other people's attention.


Other Clubbing Views

Blogger, Besski Livius wrote an article about dancing and clubbing. in this article, she states that some girls may say they go clubbing because they "love to dance," however Besski disagrees. She states,

"I hear this reason a lot. “I go clubbing because I love to dance!” …Really? Is it clubbing the best environment to enjoy your passion for dancing? I personally don’t think so. Still, I don’t deny the fact that some girls go out just because they love to dance. But if you think about it, the kind of dancing that happens in a club has one end goal – getting attention."

Besski's statement is spot on and clearly shows one main reason why dancing and clubbing are entirely different and should never be in the same category


Let's See How Dancing and Clubbing Compare

Call up your friends to see who all wants to go out.
Practice and stretch every day
Find a good club to go to
Find the right studio or company and Enroll in dance classes to learn techniques
Get dressed up (sexy, casual, formal, hip)
Wear athletic, flexible clothing. Get dressed up for performances in costumes that fit the routine
Drink alcoholic beverages socially
Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
Dance suggestively, and crazily on the dance floor.
Hire professional choreographers to be competitive with dance choreo
Stay up all night
Get a good nights sleep before performances
Purpose: to get the attention of others
Purpose: to excel and show the world what dance is really all about.

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I hope this article intrigued you just a little bit to understand how dancing and clubbing are very different.

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      baremysoul 2 years ago

      I don't agree...all dancers want attention. in a club it may be for guys or gals. in the proffessional world it may be for work, getting into a good school or may be to tell a story. dance is the same everywhere, the only things thats different is style, skill, experience and intent. (looking at it through the lens of street dancers, new style hiphop, techno..btw i agree that grinding is nt dancing....thats hint for if u really wanna do it gt a room.

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      Anya Brodech 2 years ago from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607

      Sure thing! :)

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      Anya Brodech 2 years ago from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607

      I agree with you, club dancing is all about getting sexy and grinding up on some guy while everyone gets progressively drunk. And I agree, it bugs me when girls/non-dancers say their going out "dancing" and I'm like that is not real dancing!

      But I guess dancing is technically moving your body to the music, so there are different types and levels of dancing, and all are not considered equal.

      I'll admit that I've been to bars/nightclubs before where there were go-go dancer girls on some platform writhing about in their underwear or some bikini or other ridiculous outfit, that did actually know how to move their bodies and I was impressed with their flexibility and physical ability to pull that off. (Although personally, I wish they'd wear real clothes!)

      When it comes to partner dancing, like in salsa or bachata, there are nightclubs, bars and restaurants that host dance nights where people come to actually dance (myself included) and it's not just some hot drunken mess like you'd get at other places. I'd count that as an exception though because it's a niche market of skilled social dancers who go out to dance and not just drink.

      But yeah, club dancing will always be a tricky issue and it's important to recognize the different forms that "dancing" comes in.

      Anya Brodech