Improv... you either love it or hate it, but either way there's no denying its vital necessity to a student's dance education. It's been a whirlwind of a summer so far... company placements are complete, technique and choreography classes are underway, we just had an awesome hip hop workshop and a highly successful flash mob performance, and we are currently in the middle of our Write to Dance creative arts workshop. And I have to admit... this might be my favorite camp/workshop of all! I could talk about the art of improv and its segway into composing choreography all day long if I could. The lucky dancers that are here this week will be performing their own choreography and get a taste of creating a dance now that we have delved into the world of improv immensely. For those of you who are interested in improv, choreographing, or looking to push yourself out of your comfort zone, here are a few tips:
- Listen to your music and investigate the musicality, feeling, and other aspects of the song.
- Relax... you can't really do anything wrong... but maybe... just stand there.
- Think about the BEST dance elements to include in your improv and if you don't know what the BEST dance elements are, be sure to ask you dance instructor.
- Take some risks... you don't know what you can achieve unless you try!
At some point in every dancer's career, they will be asked to improv... at conventions, auditions, workshops... and we are ready to help prepare this generation's dancer as much as possible. Stay tuned for snippets of our dancer's choreography soon. I'm so excited!
Until next time,
Legacy Dance Project
What's coming up? Pencil in these events for your dancer to attend before the hum-drum ritual of school starts back!
See ya then!