Don’t you hate going to a party and being the one who can’t dance? Well, it’s time to kick shyness and learn to dance duranguense! Duranguense gained popularity in the early 2000s and continues to top the regional Mexican music charts to this day. Duranguense is a very fast and motivated dance, so find a song you like (Por Tu Amor – Alacranes Musical) and let’s start learning.

The fun thing is that you can dance duranguense alone or with a partner. We will start dancing alone. Just stand as you normally would and move your hips to the beat. Your feet should take one quick step each time your hips move to one side, and another step when they move to the other side. You can find the rhythm by listening to the bass, which is the low-pitched sound you’ll hear bouncing back and forth. Your body will almost feel like it is doing the same. Some people keep their arms lower and more relaxed, but most keep them at their sides or across their chests.

When it comes to dancing as a couple, you have to be aware of the different roles that boys and girls play. The boys will be the leaders. The couple will hold hands, usually the guy on the left and the girl on the right, but it doesn’t really matter. The guy will have his other arm wrapped around her back and close to her waist, while the girl will have her free hand or arm draped over the guy’s shoulder.

Many beginners say that the hardest part is keeping the beat until the end of the song when you might be tired and miss the beat. Only with practice can you acquire the ability to always stay on beat at such a fast tempo.

Guys, remember that you are the leader, so make sure you take your girl at a smooth and comfortable pace. Girls, understand the easy part and follow her lead.

Every city and region has a slightly different style of Durango dance, from Chicago to Los Angeles to the Texas Panhandle. Pay attention, practice, and if you still need more help, check out some YouTube videos. You will know how to dance duranguense in no time.