Texan Karen Cheng Teaches Herself to be an Expert Dancer in One Year [Video]

Designer Karen Cheng taught herself to dance over the course of a year.

In a new quite inspirational time-lapse video, an advertising designer, based in San Francisco, proves that if you’re determined and willing to work hard  you can reach a set aim, going from a dud to an absolute stud in one year.

Karen Cheng explains on her website that this isn’t just a story about dancing.

“It’s about having a dream and not knowing how to get there — but starting anyway. Maybe you’re a musician dreaming of writing an original song. You’re an entrepreneur dying to start your first venture. You’re an athlete but you just haven’t left the chair yet.”

One day the woman decided to get up and start making her dreams a reality. During the year Cheng hasn’t forgotten to blog about every step and progress.

From researching dance classes to scouring YouTube for videos and tutorials about body popping at her desk – the woman, who wanted to learn how to dance, did it all and she did it constantly, reports The Daily Mail.

“I don’t practice every day because I’m disciplined. I practice every day because I’m obsessed,” she writes in her blog, admitting that she used motivational app Lift to ‘help keep herself accountable’.

“People who watch me dance today sometimes assume I’ve been dancing for many years. I made this video so you could see the awkward body that started just one year ago,” Cheng says.

The video shows the girl’s attempts to perform robotic, awkward arm movements on day four, her progress on days 86 and 136 when she loosens up and a grand finale on day 365.

The designer reveals the secret of her success: “I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.”

“Practice every day, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. No exceptions. If I’m not feeling well, I’ll practice exercises that use only my fingers or arms. If I’m really sick, I’ll close my eyes, listen to music, and visualize myself dancing.”

” If you practice something every day, you’re guaranteed to get good at it,” Cheng concluded.

The dancer wears a neon vest top and leggings as she jumps off a train at San Francisco’s BART South Station to perform a raunchy routine and demonstrate her skills.

Exactly one year, or 365 days after she embarked on the project and she dances almost like a professional.

Cheng also says she hopes one day she will become just as good as her idoldubstep and hip hop dance legend Marquese ‘Nonstop’ Scott. He features in music videos, TV shows, adverts and live shows.

“It’s great to have dreams. My dream is to get good enough to dance in a Coca-Cola commercial. It gives me something to aspire to, but it’s not the yardstick I use to measure my success,” Karen concludes.

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