In part one of our series on chore­og­ra­phy, we looked at a few ways to take your dance from a con­cept to actu­ally plot­ting out the move­ments needed to make it hap­pen. In this arti­cle, we’ll look at a few alter­na­tive meth­ods to help you chore­o­graph your move­ments, as well as tips and tricks to get inspiration.

Chance chore­og­ra­phy

This is when chance meth­ods are used such as throw­ing dice or coins to help deter­mine the con­tent or order of a dance. Dance moves could be assigned to each num­ber on the die. A throw could be made to deter­mine the order the moves will appear in the sequence, or sim­ply which move will be used next.

Impro­vi­sa­tion

This is a more pop­u­lar method than chance chore­og­ra­phy. A good way to do it, is to set up a video cam­era, put some music on and just dance. From there you can look back at the footage and pick out the best bits and turn them into a dance sequence.

Inter­net

I use YouTube a lot to get inspi­ra­tion and ideas. It’s a great tool.

Group Chore­og­ra­phy

Chore­o­graph­ing in groups can either be great, or very chal­leng­ing. If you work together well then it can be really easy. Oth­er­wise you might end up dis­agree­ing most of the time. It’s also com­mon for some peo­ple to chore­o­graph first with­out music and then put it to music later.

Chore­og­ra­phy Activities:

Bible verses

Pick a verse out of the hat. In groups cre­ate a short dance piece that illus­trates the verse.

Pick 3

Out of a hat, pick a style, a move and a pat­tern. Chore­o­graph 4 counts of 8 includ­ing all ele­ments you chose.

Write it down

Chore­o­graph 2 counts of 8. Write it down. Swap with some­one and learn their chore­og­ra­phy from only what they have writ­ten. Per­form to each other.

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