Parapara is a dance that is mainly done in Japan, but has been creeping into other parts of the world! Including places such as.. Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Brazil and the USA! Parapara dancing is a dance that is based on mostly upper body movements; including some lower body dances. Many songs have official dances taught my clubs around Japan, somewhat like a workout video. Instead of vigorous movements, you do movements that flow well together. At a first glance, you might think that it is easy -- while it is far from that! Once you start, you can't stop. It's easily one of the most addictive things you'll ever try in your life! Parapara comes in different difficulties, with some being very simple; to some being very complex and hard. If you can't get one, try an easier one.. you have to start somewhere! Soon you'll be dancing like the professionals themselfs!
There are many Basics to Parapara, you will have to first start there before you learn the more Technical, and hard Parapara's.
Stepping : This is basically the first thing you will need to learn, this is in every song, and you will need to learn this before you advance. Basically when you step you always go to the right. You slide your right foot to the right, then your left to your right. Then your left to the left, and your right to the right, then you repeat. This might sound very complex, but it actually isn't at all. You might actually be suprised at how easy it is to do!
Emotion : Without this, Parapara looks lame, and no excitment. Parapara is the total opposite of this! Have fun with it, be free and loose. If your movements are tight, and not loose you look bad, and like your not having fun! So just loosen up while you dance. This is for fun not a drill, so if you smile your wont have to do 50 pushups! So just have fun! That's the other important rule about Parapara!
If you want to learn more about Parapara and where it originated from, go check out the History page!