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Yara Bellydance

Instructor, Choreographer, Performer & Costumier .

Choreography Tips

by Yara

"When you're going to dance a Choreography there are a few things you'll need to take into consideration"

1. FIRST THINGS FIRST

First of all decide what dance you'd like to do.

Would you like to do a Classic Oriental Veil dance for example or a Drum Solo or some Funky Shaaibi.


2. CHOOSING YOUR MUSIC

Then chose your music making note of how long the track is, the longer it is the more you have to remember, the shorter it is you have less to remember and therefore may feel more confident to take on the challenge.

Get to Know your music by listening to it several times over to get a real feel for it

This is one of the most important things a dancer should be aware of.

Be aware of the basic things like the dance style  from the first selection,and how long it is.

How does it start and end? Does it begin suddenly or slowly?

Does end suddenly or slowly fade out? 

What is the tempo like is it fast or slow or varied.

What are the types of instruments used and the rhythms.

Listen to the phrasing, how often does it repeat?

Are there any Taqasims, 

Is it a song or and instrumental

How does it make you feel, happy, powerful reflecting energised?


3. PUTTING THE MOVES TO THE MUSIC

Then put the moves to the music.

Choosing the moves is like an elimination process.

Do Hip Drops suit this part, or Hip Lifts? Do Camels suit this part or slow Outward Mayas.


4.  FLOOR SPACE & TO TRAVEL OR NOT TO TRAVEL 

Also consider floor space.

Will it be danced with a large floor area or small?

Will your dance pathway and direction be expansive or smaller?

Also consider Travelling or Standing on the spot

Do I travel here by taking steps or stand on the spot for this part.


5. THE WRITE UP
Starting to write it all down

Aim to write your Choreography in Parts, i.e. Part 1, Part 2. Part 3. etc.

with Time Stamps, e.g. Part 2. begins at 0.50 mins Part 3. at 1.30 etc.

this will help when you want to pin point a particular part you want to practice until you get the hang of it.


This does seems obvious but it's amazing how many dancers try to write in big chunks and then can't remember it. 

It's quite childish to do this and shows some dancers don't seem to advance their written choreography sectioning kills.


When you start getting used to writing Choreographies, try to write your them sitting down. Why? Because it will make you listen to the music more closely rather than just going straight into leaping round the room getting mega technical and not listening to the music properly!!

Please put feeling and emotion into the choreography.

Feel the music you must said YODA.


6. THE PRACTICING BEGINS

If you can see that choreography written on the page in your mind's eye you are more likely to be able to remember it.

It you can't you will screw it up and look a total idiot on stage!

When you dance a choreography you're thinking about at least

3 things at the same time.

1. The whole Choreography, 

2. What part comes next.

3. What part you've already done.

4. That bit at the end.


Practice your choreography by getting up and physically doing it, with the paper in sight whilst you dance. Turn the paper over and practice it.

Practice each part first then the next, then the next and so on and so on until you get each individual part then practice all of it from start to finish.

Sit down and read the choreography as the music plays. Also, close you eyes whilst you sit down and see if you can imagine in your mind dancing it all.


Lastly, practice the Choreography every day before the performance is due so it gets into your Memory and your Muscle Memory.

Then set the stage or class on fire with a great performance on the day.

Go for it!! 

Lights, camera, action!!