(Please read that in the voice of Cher, re: makeovers).
SO, I’m working on a routine!
This is hard!
First, let me give you guys that advice I’ve been given, and then YOU give YOURS. Because, I’m stuck. I have this awful habit of re-inventing the wheel every time I dance to a song. No matter what I have written down (yes I’m being all official about it), every time my music starts, I do something different. HELP ME COMMIT.
Here’s what I’ve heard so far about The Process of choreographing (word? not a word?):
1. Choose 3 tricks and build your dance around them
This is sooooooo helpful. If you can think of the three tricks you want to include (your music can advise as to what feels right/fits the mood/theme), you can think about spreading them out well, THEN fill spaces between with transitional moves. GENUIS. I love a general layout for writing, why not dancing?
2. Waste time
It’s hard to remember while dancing (or choreographing) but it takes an audience at least a few seconds of watching a move to even register what you’re doing. So I think especially for the first 10-15 seconds of a song, extremely simple moves are a good way to ease into a dance… and make sure you’ve got everybody’s attention for when you’re ready for a trick.
3. Make a list
…of everything you know how to do.
For me, I wrote down key words/phrases of the song I’m using (Running, by Jessie Ware) and a few moves that kinda conjured that emotion for me.
“falling” (back hook spin, Juliet spin, recliner)
“running” (hang man spin, half bracket hold with “walk,” pirouettes, headstand “walk outs”)
“I just go weak” (spin in arch, bridge slide, back bend with extended leg)
…and a bunch of other stuff I don’t have names for. (That’s the annoying thing about pole… not knowing what the heck to call the stuff you know how to do).
Anyway, that’s all I got, and I’m stuck, guys!
Here, listen to my song and tell me shit to do that you think would look good!
Also, please, share your tricks for getting the Choreography Muse to visit. I tried leaving her cookies and milk, but that might just work for Santa.