Homecoming generally centers around the actual dance. So, even if you’re mainly interested in what comes before (the dinner) or afterwards (like a party), if you plan on showing up with a date and looking your best, then you had better give some thought to the dance itself.
Don’t immediately rule out dancing, even if you can’t dance or don’t think you like it. Your date may really want to dance. Also, you’re going to a dance, so you may want to participate at least a little. Whatever you decide, here are a few tips to help you through the dancing part of Homecoming.
Learn How To Dance
It may help to actually learn how to dance before you go to Homecoming. While dancing lessons may be out of the picture, you can at least pick up some tips from a friend who is good at it. Even if you have no rhythm, you can probably learn a few basic moves in advance.
Believe it or not, there is actually a science on how guys should dance.
If you don’t have the time or desire to learn how to dance beforehand, then watch others at the actual dance. Do what they do. Basic dancing isn’t too difficult and can be learned quickly just by observing. See what others are doing and just go along with it as best you can.
Pick And Choose When To Dance
I had a friend who thought he could dance with the best and jumped in with some really good dancers. He couldn’t keep up and looked foolish. If your dancing skills are weak, just stay with your date, your group of friends, or other people who share your ability level. Personally, I used to sit out the fast dances and do the slower ones. Those were not only easier, but also more fun since I could get closer to the girls anyway!
If you truly can’t dance or genuinely don’t want to dance, you can just hang out near the food, talk to your friends, and let your personality shine in other ways. But, check with your date first! She may not like you taking her to dance and not actually dancing with her.
If you’re the class clown, then maybe you can make light of your bad dancing. However, make sure everyone is laughing with you and not at you!
Whatever you decide about dancing or whatever your abilities make sure to be yourself. Have confidence, be cool and relaxed, and, above all, when it comes to dancing ability (or lack of it), be willing to laugh at yourself.
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