Every individual who aspires to become an advanced-level dancer, faces challenges in choreographing a song, specifically in comprehending the beats and converting them into steps. This situation is not only faced by amateur dancers but also by intermediate-level dancers. In this blog, we will provide crucial tips to cheer you up by instilling confidence to choreograph any dance song and transform the tunes into impressive dance moves.
Tips for Choreographing a Song
Exploring the Right Song
The foremost thing you must do before choreographing a song is listen to 100+ songs to find the one that inspires you to choreograph it. By hearing back-to-back songs, you will discover a song that will make your body groove and bring out natural dance steps.
To find that one “right” song, you can browse through songs on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Hungama Music, YouTube, and iTunes Library. Advanced-level dancers commonly use this technique to discover the “perfect” song for dance choreography.
We recommend paying attention to lyrics, beats, and bass and visualising it daily by listening to it on a loop. You must practice while listening and visualising the song.
It is a handy habit to note new step ideas, pauses, and backlifts in your diary to ensure you implement them during dance practice. By following this tip, you will indeed find the right song and bring out your best choreography on it.
Practicing and Brainstorming
After finding the “right” song, you must practice the steps daily to polish the moves. By regularly rehearsing the song, you will discover new ideas to enhance your dance choreography. The more brainstorming you do on your dance choreography, the more unique thoughts you will come up with.
To get the best out of dance choreography practice, you must analyse your idol dancers’ videos, learn about the dance style culture, visit artistic places in your city, watch dance movies, talk with your dance mates about concepts and moves, and make yourself dwell into the song and choreography.
By implementing these recommendations, you will certainly get a massive inspiration.
Breaking the Choreography into Sets
The next tip we recommend is breaking your dance choreography into sets. It means you must convert your dance choreography visualisation from thoughts on paper by jotting down the entire dance – how you want to start, what will be your steps in the first part, pauses, extraordinary moves to “Wow” audience, smooth transition from high-level beats to low-level, and then going upwards (getting along with song graph), dance climax, and how to end.
All these elements will help you turn an ordinary choreography into a spectacular one. Breaking your choreography into small chunks will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in every part. And accordingly, you can work on it to unleash the elite dancer inside you.
This tip will instill confidence in you as your simple movements will transform into pro ones, and you can flaunt them at dance competitions, such as India’s International Groovefest (IIGF). Also, breaking your dance choreography into pieces will help you club the best dance moves to give a power-packed dance performance at dance events.
Too many cooks spoil the broth
Sometimes, we are so profoundly hypnotised by the greed for perfection that we keep exploring for excellence and forget to notice that what we have right now is the best. Novice and Intermediate-Level Dancers often make the mistake of continuously discovering the sublimity and end up ruining their already found impeccable dance choreography.
Sometimes, dancers add too many high-level beats to dance moves, which looks unnecessary and brings their overall dance performance one level down. If you go through top dance competition performances of finalists and winners, you will notice they have used the elements precisely.
For every perfectly choreographed song, a dancer has to blend all the components and place them in the right parts. For instance, making low-level tune moves on high-level beats, and vice-versa, will surely ruin your dance performance.
Hence, we recommend ensuring that your dance choreography isn’t only filled with high-frequency moves, as too many cooks spoil the broth. Implementing this tip will earn you critical acclaim and appreciation at dance competitions.
“Failures are foundation stones of the Success Forts” ~ Invajy.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Similarly, accomplishing a perfect dance choreography on a song in the first attempt isn’t possible for every dancer. Even though you aren’t able to pull off the visualised dance choreography on the selected song, you shouldn’t let your morale down. Every advanced-level dancer performs choreography on 100+ songs to bring out the visioned choreography.
“The more you do, the more experience you have, and the next time it will be easier to choose the right thing.” – Andy Lau.
Practising more and more songs and executing your visioned choreography or at least 70% of it in each of them will grow you into an elite-level dancer. We recommend noting the mistakes and learnings from every choreographed song, analysing them, and working them out in the following choreography songs to excel one step up every time.
After reading the blog, you would have fully comprehended the tips mentioned in the blog to perfectly choreograph a dance song. By following our recommendations and suggestions, you will definitely execute a stunning and terrifically choreographed dance performance.
If you have fire and passion for dance and are searching for an opportunity to unleash the best dancer inside you, participate in IIGF’s fifth season.
IIGF gives all Indian dancers residing in India and abroad a golden chance to showcase their dance talent to a global audience by giving them an International platform.
In all four seasons, we have provided an International stage to Indian dancers to bring out their exemplary dance performance and earn deserving honour and critical acclaim on a global platform.
To participate in IIGF’s fifth season, the online auditions are ongoing. You have to send us your dance video and follow the entry process. The finale and grand finale will be held in Sri Lanka on 18th and 19th November, 2023.
“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket. Don’t think much and give your best performance by participating in IIGF.