Choreographing your own dance piece takes a lot of creativity, patience, and hard work. Here are a few tips and pointers that will help you out as you gear up for the competition.
- There is inspiration for movement everywhere. The world and your surroundings can offer so much if you just observe closely – nature, family, friends, pets, events, and emotions are just some ideas that can bring out your creativity.
- The Internet isn’t the only place you can get ideas from. You might have something around you or in your life that the internet has never seen before. Only you can bring that to the stage.
- You can watch and learn from different artists, but make sure don’t completely rely on other influences but instead focus on creating your own flow.
- Make it your own. Think about how you can bring a part of yourself into your dance piece.
Pick your jam
- It’s important to pick music that speaks to you or that you know very well, so that your ideas flow naturally.
- You don’t have to pick the latest hits or a very traditional classic; experiment with the genres – go retro or groove to an unconventional beat!
- Analyse the piece of music you’ve settled on. Take time to understand it musically as well as lyrically. This way, you can highlight the meaning in your piece through your movement to achieve a greater impact.
Set aside time
- Schedule time to choreograph and practice your piece – don’t say “I’ll do it later” and expect the piece to come together magically.
- Use this chance to showcase yourself as an individual – it’s your chance to shine. Have fun with it.
- Remember, you’re not just trying to impress the judges, but you are also gaining personal experience and achievement.
Make a plan
- Think about the introduction, build up, and conclusion of the dance.
- Create a list of steps, moves, and sequences that you think will fit in with your choice of song and use it as a reference.
- Add a touch of your personality that will make your piece stand out from the rest.
- Don’t worry if your piece is a bit rough around the edges to start, especially if this is your first time choreographing. You can work your way to making it just right.
- Try out variations of movements, removing some sections, changing directions or adding floorwork.
- Go wild with it. Put in a bit of flair to your routine, try incorporating dance moves from different genres.
Practice, practice, practice
- A sequence of steps may look amazing in our head; make sure you practice to make it look the same in reality.
- Set time aside each day to go through the dance – this way you keep improving it consistently.
Collaborate with others
- Work with a friend to create a piece. You’ll be surprised by what you can learn from another person’s creative process.
Props and costumes
- If you’re feeling adventurous, incorporate props to your performance: it will add an additional dimension to your piece.
- Pick a costume: be creative, but make sure it matches your style of dance and doesn’t restrict your movements or distract the audience from watching the performance.
Some Final Tips :
- Edit your music before you finalize your choreography. You could use Audacity, which is an easy-to-use and free to download.
- You might come up with sequences that don’t fit into your piece, but don’t throw them away. Write them down and see if you can add them somewhere else in the routine.
- Always remember to warm up thoroughly to avoid injuries and sprains.
- Be adventurous with your piece but don’t add extreme steps that you’re not used to doing. Don’t add back flips to your routine if you’ve never been trained professionally to do them
Shine like a star and enjoy the opportunity to dance !
TLFCB Choreography competition semi-finals – MARCH 4th
TLFCB Choreography competition FINALS – March 11th