I’ve been choreographing dances since I was a little girl. My sister and I would stand in front of the mirrors in our living room and make up dances together. Our go-to song was Dr. Jones by Aqua.
I’ve been a professional choreographer since I was 19 years old. I’ve choreographed dance routines, soloists, community theatre, audition combinations, school plays, for private functions, the whole gambit. And over the years and through all these experiences, I have learned a lot about how to become a better choreographer.
Watch and learn from others.
Simply by being an astute observer, you can gain a lot of information. When watching other pieces, you can note what you like, what you don’t like, what’s done differently than you, how a problem you’ve been having is solved. All you have to do is open your eyes and turn on your brain.
Get out of your comfort zone.
It’s easy to go back to what you’re used to. You know how to do it, you know it works, why would you change it? Because it gets stale and you don’t grow as a choreographer. So instead of doing that usual combination of steps you like to throw in every solo, what would happen if you changed just one of those steps? What if instead of going to the right, you went to the left? Change one thing. It’s uncomfortable, and that’s good.
Ask for help.
It’s okay to get a second opinion. Getting another mind in the mix can help change things up, make you think in a new direction, or encourage you to keep going in the direction you’re already headed. And if there’s someone more experienced than you and you have the chance to ask them questions, DO IT.
With all that being said, don’t overthink it. Trust that you know what you’re doing. Trust your artistic instinct and go with it. The fact that you even want to be a choreographer means you have some decent ideas somewhere inside of you. Let them out and let them breathe. If you constantly second-guess yourself, you’ll trap yourself in a weird self-conscious corner and your creativity will be stunted. So believe in yourself!
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