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This was fun to read. I dance by myself, for myself, but to visualise the process for a real dancer/choreographer was interesting.
I enjoyed zumba to learn new moves and watching dancing on TV is fun for that reason, too.

There are so many fun ways to exercise, don't waste time on the other ones. Enjoy healthy, good food and skip the rest.

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I love watching So You Think You Can Dance, but until I read your choreography post I never even thought about the process! Everyone has the ability to dance in whatever way they can, and the movements of the dancer express emotion. In the interpretation, the choreographer is just as important to the dance as the lyricist is to the song, and music is the muse. Thank you for giving us a concise look into the process!!

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How do I start to write choreography?

There are probably as many approaches to writing choregraphy as there are choreographers! It comes so easily to some and to others it is a total mystery. I am an improvisational dancer at heart but because I teach, I regularly have to write choreography for my classes. Here are a few techniques and starters I've used when writing by myself and also in collaboration with others.

Dream On Your Feet... And Capture It
Set up a video camera and dance improvisationally to the song. Do this alone - or with a friend - whichever makes you more comfortable. Tape 2 or 3 runs on different days. If improv isn't your natural thing, just wander around to the music and when something strikes you, try it. The hardest part of this is letting go and allowing yourself to try things that may not work.

Survey The Landscape
Map out your music. Makes notes on where different sections of the music start and stop, verses, choruses, tempo changes, rhythm patterns etc. Count the measures of 8 in each section. I know many dancers who do this on a spreadsheet, I usually just use note paper. This gives you a sense of the song's structure, which I find very helpful in deciding how I want to approach it.

First Impressions
Think of different choreography concepts you like/want to use - for example, floor patterns (front to back, side to side travel, circles, etc.), level changes, floorwork, spins...make notes on anything that comes to mind. Keep open to more than one possibility - no commitments.

The Parts List
Now it's time to go back to those videos you made, ideally not immediately after you made them! A little time makes you less judgemental. Make notes on moves or ideas you liked. Perhaps they landed right on a perfect spot in the music (note that) or maybe they look good but might fit better elsewhere in the piece.

Divide and Conquer
Work on one section at a time, it's much less intimidating. The "map" you made is very helpful here. You'll also do better quality work doing 1 section a day for 6 days than if you slam it all into one session. Also, don't feel like you have to work in order from beginning to end. Start wherever your first decent idea happens to be then capitalize on some creative momentum!

A Cautionary Word
As tempting and as much of a good idea as it may seem to be, I don't recommend looking for ideas in other dancers' videos to the same song. Be yourself and dance YOUR dance. Lifting significant parts of someone else's work is just plain plagiarism for starters. It doesn't help you develop your own unique style. And it can backfire. Some dancers find that rather than getting inspired, they feel discouraged by unhealthy and pointless comparing of themselves with other dancers.That's a real non-starter.

Remember that nothing is set in stone. You can replace that good idea with an even better one whenever the muse arrives.

Good luck with your choreography writing!

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