- Get Inspired by Supporting Other Dancers on Your #FYP
The first step to making a TikTok dance video is coming up with a concept or idea that people will enjoy watching maybe that’s one of the many dance challenges on TikTok.
Reinventing the wheel is not what we are going for with our first couple of TikTok posts and the overall content you post. You want to find and post things that inspire you and those that follow your page.
So, go into the search bar at the top of the app and type in “dance challenge” or “DC”. Here is where you’ll find videos of people participating in dance challenges and starting some challenges of their own!
Hit the heart. Comment. Follow.
Start small by supporting others and getting your feet wet. You can start cranking out your own ideas once you get the hang of the posting basics!
- Glance at the Recommended Sounds
How can we take our TikTok up a notch?
Research and take a look at the recommended sounds on TikTok.
The recommended sounds are the sounds that TikTok WANTS you to use. And if you use them, TikTok will reward you by serving YOUR video more frequently to other people and thus more followers and visibility.
When looking at the recommended sounds on TikTok you can also see if any of them already have a dance challenge already attached that you can learn and get more visibility that way. If the challenge fits your vibe and look, then don’t be afraid to hop on that challenge and post that video.
For professional dancers or trying to go the professional route of dance, one of the main points of your social media these days is to post content that will help and aid you in getting noticed.
Your first couple of videos may not get the views you are hoping for, and this is fine as your first starting out. Don’t expect a couple hundred or million views or anything, but playing TikTok’s game is key to earning exposure and finding followers.
- Find the Originator of the Dance Challenge & Tag them Appropriately
If you are going down the path of Content Creating or being a content creator let’s start by knowing and accepting that it can be a bit difficult at first. When posting content and wanting to get attention and noticed you always want to make sure that we are rewarding creators and giving credit where credit is due.
The dance videos that you’re now seeing on your #ForYouPage should have the originator of the dance challenge tagged in the caption.
If you don’t see it in the caption, check the comments. It’s possible that that particular TikToker didn’t read this article and made a minor faux pas 😬
If you come across a dance challenge that you simply can’t find the creator for within a few minutes of research – choose a different challenge.
The internet works quickly, especially with backlash. You don’t want creators or fans of creators coming after you for not giving credit and passing a DC off as your own.
We’re on the internet to make friends, not enemies, right?
- Set Up Your Space
Once you’ve got your dance all picked out and you have the moves down, it’s time to work on the visual setup
Why? The internet is FOREVER fam.
Do you really want the stuffed teddy bear you still have from when you were 7 to be prominently featured behind you for millions to see?
Start by facing your camera away from the bed. Or “the chair” – the one where you keep that pile of unwashed clothes.
Instead, find a spot where the background is very simple (like a wall) or visually pleasing (like your tree-lined street).
Next, check your lighting.
If you’re dancing indoors and you don’t have a ton of light in your space, consider buying a tripod and ring light on Amazon.
If the indoor lighting isn’t working for you (or you just don’t have enough space to dance in), try filming outside!
Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, make sure your light source is in front of you, not behind you. Otherwise, you’ll look like those silhouettes from old iPod commercials.
Then, make sure there aren’t tons of competing sounds like people talking, construction, or high winds.
Lastly, double check that your phone is close enough to you so that you can hear the music playing and stay on beat when recording.
Watch this video for even more tips!
- DO THIS FOR FUN!
I know I just gave you so much homework before making your first video. But remember that you’re here to have fun, not make TikTok your part time job!
Dance is many things, but above all – it should be a source of joy.
Even if you dream of having a million followers one day, try not to go into your first post with lofty expectations.
Each video is a chance to put something out into the universe that people can enjoy, and as long as you look back at the experience of making your video with a smile on your face, you’ve achieved your goal!
So there it is.
A mini guide to inserting yourself into the dance world of TikTok.
Go forth and go viral.
May the odds be ever in your favor.