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Lesson time 7:06 min

Mastering dance is all about discovering your own style. Usher explains how interpretation and individuality are the keys to a captivating dance performance. And yes, it involves a lot of practice.

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In his first ever online class, Usher teaches you his personal techniques to captivate audiences across 16 video lessons.
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It would be hard to believe that I wasn't a great dancer when I first started. As a matter of fact, I almost made the biggest mistake of not making dance a very important part of who I am as a performer, because the song and dance artist, or dance man, right, really wasn't the focus from me. Or at least that wasn't what the people who were working on my career felt would be a fair representation of what you could expect from me as an artist. It was more cool. And while it was great to have those things, the cool factor, right, eventually I got to a place where I wanted my brand to represent who are really was. I was a kid who danced in the '80s and danced in the '90s. And I wanted that to be a part of what would represent me as an artist. I took from a lot of what I used to do as a kid, and I made that a part of who I was as an artist. Now, you know, the perspective of it was a little bit fragmented because working with my choreographers from Los Angeles, they had a perspective of boogaloo and also to locking and popping. And then my other choreographer, Todd Sams from Cleveland, he had a different perspective. And we kind of pulled it all together and before you know it we began to create this new idea of an artist. So you got Flii and Anwar Burton out on the west coast, and Todd Sams who came together with me, and we created what you know to be my style. For me, the focus was bringing every aspect of who I was to the forefront. So I worked with my choreographers and we went back to the '80s and we grabbed onto dance moves that were very relevant in that time and we brought them up to the '90s, which then created an entire new conversation. It was all based in what I knew and what I was comfortable doing. It was kind of like second nature to do certain moves because I was familiar with it. And whenever I wasn't I just worked at it. I just worked and worked and worked until I perfected it. I came up with choreography. But I think the feel, the texture is what was most important. So I had this attitude. I said, I want to be the baddest guy on the stage. I wanted to be able to captivate an audience with my presence, more so than just my voice. And voice as well, but be able to shock 'em, you know. Yeah, there was a few pelvis thrusts in there, but it worked. And you do what works for you, and I guarantee you, man, you will that entertainer. You can go online and look and study dancers from all over the world to create a style of your own. You can take dance classes now if you want to, but you have to physically put your eyes on it. You have to go in and investigate, do a little bit of study to find it. And then you've got to work at it to perfect it. I think in some ways you can get classical lessons and be taught dance. You can learn it from either direction. If you've learned how to move because you see what's going on i...

Meet Your New Mentor

Usher, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, reveals the technical skills, career lessons and breakthrough advice that he has used to captivate audiences for over 25 years. For the first time ever, learn how Usher approaches performance and wins over audiences from the studio to the stage. There has never been a class like this before.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This masterclass with Usher is amazing, it's really helped me to believe in myself and find the strength within myself to keep going. Thank you Usher.

Usher, It is refreshing to see your passion exhibited through your technique and years of experience. Thank you for lending a helping hand, A. Tyler

Best class thus far. It helped immensely to take notes along the way. I have applied many of these lessons to my life and I feel like I've already grown so much.

USHER is AMAZING! He is so smart, hard working and this class was more than just a Performance Class, USHER has changed my LIFE! He taught me how to BELIEVE in myself, work HARD and LIVE out my DREAM. :) Thank you so much USHER. Maria


Dylan M.

this combination of movement helps form my soul. enjoy xDyl

Sue S.

I love dancing. So much! Thanks for sharing your story. I started ballroom dancing. And then my son started. He loves it. Oh my goodness what a blessing. And he likes it!I love seeing him be bold enough now to ask the women to dance-all ages, so so sweet! I know I'm a silly Mom. But I adore him and so happy we are doing something that we can both enjoy together again.

Carolina C.

Hi Usher and everybody! I would like you to see my video. Thank you so much!

Nick B.

Hey Usher and fellow Masterclassers, this was my first ever dance for my music video, Little Lover, which has now had over 8 million streams :)

Stewart M.

the only thing is bad about learning the dance moves from videos is not knowing their names!

Sarah C.

I'm not that good at dancing, because i cant get the feeling across, i can learn the moves, but i struggle with making it look like i am good at it, and ive been dancing a long time. It never looks right, What can i do to make it performable?

Ellak E. This is a video from 2009 in Xalapa Veracruz. It was what I was doing.

Kalia D.

"With the people that worked on my career, we designed my style, with my choreographers, we would watch TV and take the moves to practice in a group, grab some friends make it fun, when I finally performed with Michael..." His career is the product of cooperation with many people. So how many people can you gather to work on your cause? What quality of yours would make that collaboration possible? Hm.

Supriya J.

Hi Usher, Thanks for this information.. i never took dancing so seriously but now onward i will work on it.. Dance is so important for every artist. looking forward for more information.. Regards

Christian H. Here's my Napoleon Dynamite performance from my church's talent show!