Girl Learns to Dance in a Year (TIME LAPSE)


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People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago.

Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.

This isn’t a story about dancing, though. It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you’re a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You’re an athlete but you just haven’t left the chair yet.

When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.

Karen X. Cheng
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Thank you, Pharside (@_pharside)
for infecting me with an obsession for dance
for teaching me so much of what I know
(Pharside’s latest dance video:

Thank you, C
for inspiring me to dance true to myself
for directing, editing, and filming this video

Thank you, teachers:
Pharside, Austin Gumban, Percy Agoncillo, Jocquese Whitfield, Amber Divina, Emerson Aquino, Boogie Frantick, Sandy Lee, City Dance (, Dance Mission (

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This City is Killing Me by Dusty Brown, Innovator Records

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  1. The bart distracts her, when it pulls away her moves like water. Cheer people on, don’t break them down! What’s the matter with us? Take your shoes off and touch the ground, separated by asphalt and sloes should be connected by skin and souls. Accomplished goal, what have you done in a year?

  2. that is th same thing i want to learn
    but i dont know what are the steps that i need to learn
    which steps you learned first plzzz tell me

  3. I don’t know what “dance” is supposed to mean in this video. Because if you’re in studio dance then this would not be dancing but if you are a club dancer (not a stripper) than this would be close to correct

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