How to choreograph a dance
We become a good dancer by doing the same step again and again. But to become a good choreographer we need to use our mind first to make a step and then put it into practice. We must be able to think out of the box to create awesome steps. Here are few things that I follow to choreograph a dance. And I really hope that you will also feel confident to choreograph a dance after reading these lists of mine.
We have to make our mind at peace. If you, decide to do choreography, you must take a good rest for at least 1 hour. During that time you are not allowed to use mobile phones or watch TV. Do nothing and if possible go to the park, sit on the bench and just observe things. It might sound weird, crazy or funny but trust me, it will really help to refresh mind, bring smile on face and getting new ideas.
Rest is needed not only for peace of mind but also required to make body active. Your body can cope with mind easily if you have enough rest. Therefore, I suggest you not to make any hard exercise or hard work before going for choreography. Saving our energy will make a lot more easy to practice faster and actively.
For the dance, a room must have enough space to swing arms and body. There should be a proper arrangement of music system for the song and also a big mirror is necessary where you can clearly see all body moments. I recommend the dance floor to be smooth because it’s comfortable to move our foot while wearing shoes. We can use carpet to make the floor smooth. These things might not be mandatory. However, things like these have high impact on our choreography.
Your dressing sense should match with a dance that you are going to practice. Even though it is just for practice but you must be able to get well-dressed. If you, try to dance with normal or regular dress, there is a high possibility that the steps that you do will not suit with the song. Even if you try to stop, a good dress up, the best song, smooth floor, in front of the mirror with full energy is going to create a magic. If you, are doing a hip hop dance I would highly suggest considering about the shoes. It must be comfortable and stylish. At the same time, sole of the shoe should be nice and smooth for moving foot easily on the floor.
If you are doing choreography for yourself then it’s better to choose the song which you really like. That type of song which you can really feel from heart. Good music can shake the body of a dead person as well. If we save our energy, make our mind peaceful and choose the song which we really like from the bottom of our heart, there’s nothing that can stop us to create awesome dance.
Things that will help to build our confidence are only possible if we are real. It means that we should not copy the dance steps of other dancer. We should always try to create our own step. However, the steps that we create may look similar with other dancers but we should be aware that we are not copying anyone. We should just trust in ourselves and put our own story. No matter what we will be real for our self-respect, creativity and happiness.
Believe in yourself
It is a common word to say but it takes a lot of courage to believe in you. When you start to create a step of dance, at some point, you will feel like it does not suit with your song. During that situation, try to create another step or just do the same step repeatedly and try to sync that step with the music. We do not want to lose our precious time thinking about the same problem.
Break down the steps
We must be able to break down the song into few seconds (I usually choreograph a song of 10 seconds) and try to make a step of that few seconds. It will be very easy to do one by one rather than doing a whole thing at once. Most of the people’s memory power is not very good then it’s a lot easier to remember by breaking down the song. Also, after breaking song into more than two parts and finish the practice of those two parts, do not forget to practice them together without breaking.
Five minutes break
During my choreography, I put a lot of energy to master that step and also to coordinate that step with the song because of which I got tired easily. Every time, I take a five minutes of break, after I create a step and dance in that few seconds of song. During the break time I just watched a video of dance or things that motivates and helps me to put more energy in my work. But we must make sure that we will give only five minutes to watch the video. Otherwise, we might not even notice that we are losing our time.
Record your dance step
Make sure you always record your dancing steps from your phone after you create it. Because, it might not be possible for us to practice it every day. And if you put a gap in your dance practice then I am 100 percent sure that you are going to forget some of its part. Unfortunately, the steps that I forget are the best one, most of the time. This will make us very angry and frustrating. Therefore, to save us from being heartbroken we must record our precious work.
These are the 10 rules which I consider before I choreograph any dance. These are the rules that help to enhance your skills and makes easy to choreograph dance. However, it all depends on you and your passion. If you, are not willing to sacrifice your time and consistent effort then it might be super difficult to choreograph. We can achieve anything that we are interested, if we just keep on practicing in the right way.