Singing and dancing at the same time can be intimidating and daunting. Even if you master both skills separately, combining them is a totally new experience. The combination of these skills requires proper breathing, endurance, and a lot of practice. Celebrities who have mastered this art spend countless hours practicing and rehearsing their breathing, singing, and movements to make their performances perfect. If you have the dedication and desire to do so, you too can learn to impress your audience by singing and dancing at the same time.
Method 1 of 3: Strengthen Your Breathing
Step 1. Learn to control your breathing
The most important skill to master when you want to sing and dance at the same time is to become a professional in controlled breathing. You should be able to breathe out steadily and smoothly on high notes and slow phrases. The goal is for you to learn to breathe from the diaphragm, which means that you will learn to breathe more deeply to prevent yourself from singing insubstantially. To achieve this, you can try the following exercise:
- Hold a feather in front of your mouth as you breathe so you can move it. Your breath should form a continuous flow that is long and controlled.
- Keep blowing the feather. Pay attention to your body as you exhale and avoid running out of air.
- Don't inhale until you have completely run out of air and feel the urge to take in more air immediately. Keep practicing this exercise trying to blow the feather for longer periods of time each time.
Step 2. Take several deep breaths
To sing and dance at the same time you need to take a lot of air and learn how to breathe from your lower back and belly to achieve a circularity in your breathing. If you breathe in lightly from your chest, your voice won't sound as good.
- To breathe more deeply, do plank exercises by lying on the front side of your body and lifting your legs and shoulders off the floor. As you do, take slow, deep breaths. Doing so will strengthen your breathing.
- Yoga classes are a great way to learn to breathe deeply and strengthen your muscles.
Step 3. Feel how you inhale and exhale
Inhaling is making the air go into your lungs, while exhaling is making the air go out of your lungs. You must learn to exhale and inhale quickly and deeply because the music will not wait until you can reach it. Before strengthening your breathing technique, it is important that you feel your breath and be aware of what your body does when you breathe deeply. Here are some exercises that can help you be more aware of this aspect:
- Visualize the air weighing 50 pounds as you take a deep breath and imagine the air descending into your body. Think that the air descends below your navel and focus on that sensation. Then breathe out slowly.
- Inhale again but a little faster. Continue to imagine that the air is heavy and falls deeply, but visualize that it does so faster than before. Feel your abdomen and lower back expand as you take in air. Then breathe it out a little faster than before.
Step 4. Look in a mirror to check your breathing
If you are in doubt about how deep you can breathe, you can find your answer by watching the outside of your body change as you breathe. If you are taking a deep breath, watch the diaphragm clear and the abdomen expand. If your body does not change outwardly, it means that you are not breathing deeply enough.
During breathing exercises, rest one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Use one hand to make sure your chest is stable as you breathe and use the other to feel your abdomen expand and release. Doing so will help you feel like your breathing is deep enough
Step 5. Regulate your breathing
To perform certain energy-intensive and challenging dance routines, you may need to regulate your breathing to resist when you sing. This means that you will need to take short deep breaths at strategic times during the song.
- As you practice the song with the dance, plan when you will take a breath by looking for spaces in the music. If you plan your breathing, you will be able to resist throughout the song without being short of breath.
- If you know there is a long note coming in the song, be sure to find a space in the dance where you can pause and take long, deep breaths.
Step 6. Practice good posture
Breathing efficiently involves more than just learning to breathe out and breathe in. Your posture should be complemented by your breathing so that you improve your singing and make it easier for you to breathe deeply and fully. If you allow your body to hunch over, your diaphragm will lock up and prevent you from breathing properly when you sing. Always keep your shoulders back and stand straight to allow your chest and ribs to expand when you take a deep breath.
Method 2 of 3: Preparing Your Body to Move and Dance
Step 1. Practice singing and dancing at the same time
Most things are difficult at first and require a lot of work to master. Don't try to master singing and dancing separately before doing it at the same time. You should practice singing and dancing at the same time as that is what you basically want to achieve.
- Practice three to five days a week for two hours. Your two-hour workout should include approximately twenty minutes of stretching and vocal warm-ups. Just remember that the more you practice, the better you will do.
- Practice singing and dancing at the same time until you feel like you can while you sleep, and then keep practicing.
- Make the choreography stay in your muscle memory. You should practice the dance so many times that you don't have to think about the movements when you dance and sing at the same time. Your muscle memory must come to the fore so that you can perform the movements effortlessly.
Step 2. Combine your singing with the movements
As you learn the choreography, simply recite the lyrics to the song as you move. Doing so will allow you to see how the music and the movements fit together. Generally, certain dance moves fit into certain musical phrases to help you make connections with the voices. Keep these parts in mind to help guide you through the song and dance.
Try dancing while walking around a room or doing chores. Doing so will help you get used to taking space into account as you sing
Step 3. Begin a rigorous fitness regimen to increase your endurance
Singing and dancing at the same time requires that your lungs be in the best physical condition possible. To achieve optimal lung capacity, you should train your lungs through high-level cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week.
Whether you run, jog, ride a bike, or swim, do something that gets your heart rate up. Try to exercise for at least an hour
Method 3 of 3: Track Your Progress
Step 1. Record yourself
One of the best ways to analyze your voice and track your progress is to listen to your recordings as you sing and dance. You can focus on your voice and compare your recordings as you go. Criticizing yourself will allow you to specify what aspects you need to improve so that you sing and dance better.
Step 2. Get feedback from someone else
It can be difficult to criticize your own singing and dancing while practicing. It may be helpful to find someone willing to observe your practice for helpful advice or feedback. Ideally, you should find a vocal coach or someone who is trained in singing and dancing. However, if you don't know a professional in this field, ask a friend or family member for feedback.
Step 3. Increase the difficulty of the songs and dances as you practice
Once you have mastered the beginner songs and dances, or whatever song and dance you work on, challenge yourself with something more difficult. Once you see yourself singing songs and performing more difficult dance numbers, you will have more confidence in your progress.