1. Pick a song for your first piece and listen to it a lot. 2. Organize footwork. 3. Adjust the two combinations to fit the first 1-2 min of the song. 4. Write them down.
The goal for this set is to get a feel for the music that you have picked. The best way to get comfortable with a piece of music is to listen to it. When I am going to dance to a song I will listen to it 5-10 times. I will get to know it. Put it on repeat in the car while your driving (this is not the time to dance) or while you clean the house. Get the song in your brain.
Next step is to organize your footwork. Sit down with you notebook and listen to your song. As you listen, draw the path on the stage that you would take while dancing. You can break up your path by counts or by parts of the song. This is an important step to help give your dance some movement. Once you have the footwork, adjust your two combinations from last week into the middle of the song. We will work on the beginning and the end next week.
Lastly write down the dance steps you have put together. You can you use any words or drawings you want, but please write it down. I find writing down choreography helps with memorization and organization. It is also a good habit to start.
Advanced Track: Fun Music Challenge
Choose a song that you love (I mean can’t get enough of) and choreograph to it. I want you the step outside your comfort zone and choose a song that is different. Some examples are the new pop or rock song on the radio, a 70s acoustic folk song, and classical music. This is not the kinda of piece that you may use for a performance, but this is a chance to experiment with different styles and different moves. Ideally you want a song the really inspires you and then let the creativity flow. Have fun with this one I hope to see some of your work (if your willing) on facebook.
I want to apologize. Due to technical difficulties it may be a little while before I can get my choreography video for week one online. I will post it as soon as possible.