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.
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.
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.
I use YouTube a lot to get inspiration and ideas. It’s a great tool.
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.
Pick a verse out of the hat. In groups create a short dance piece that illustrates the verse.
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.