There are 4 basic attributes that will make you a great dancer by default if you work on each of them:
- Learning ability
In Part 2 of my e-book Dance Better Now: Knowing how to best improve dance I go over advanced techniques that will help you improve each of these attributes.
However, simply by dancing you will improve each of them.
Well you will at least improve the first three.
Physicality is a bit different. There are lots of activates that need physical ability, but practicing those activities will not develop that physical ability enough. That’s why basketball players and football players go to the gym and run. The extra cardio-fitness and strength can really only be developed through dedicated exercises. To get the same effect from playing the respect sport, the athlete would need to play that sport for more than 24 hours a day: a basic impossibility.
The same is true of dance.
In fact you do not even need to dance all day to get good at it. You can listen to music to improve musicality while in the car, you can improve your learning as you go over figures in your head before falling asleep and you can boost your confidence by simply deciding not care what happens.
The body however needs exercise and there is no substitute for dedicated exercises.
I know of a few dancers who have great musicality, can recall all figures and routines, and can dance happily in front of a large group. But, they just can’t move with grace or control or into the positions needed.
They have been dancing for years and nothing has changed in this regard.
Everything else will get better as you dance more, but if you want your body to move well, then you need to work on it specifically. This is why physicality is probably the most important key to good dancers. It is only the dedicated people who work on it.
If you want to work on physicality, then join a gym, take yoga classes, or take up some physically demanding pass time. You can also do the exercises in my e-book. When I tried them, I saw a noticeable improvement in about 2 weeks. Working on your physicality is seriously worth the effort.