Choreography Theory

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Yummy and I often get into deep discussions about what makes choreography ‘good.’

For me, other’s choreography is often like art – I know what I like when I see it.

I don’t know how other people choreograph, because it’s not generally something you watch other people do.

You could, but it would probably be incredibly boring, because much of what goes on is internal – personal decisions about what will/won’t look good, how to put things together, what overarching concept the choreographer is trying to achieve.

When I choreograph, it starts with an idea – sparked from a song I’ve heard, a costume I’ve seen, a fantastic prop piece I’ve found, or it can all start with the end vision.

I never know.

I went out internet searching for information on choreography theory.

What I found was a good Prezi presentation (albeit with a few errors) about choreography theory.

You can find it here.

It’s worth a watch, if only for the fantastic Fosse video embedded in it. 😀

I’ve long wanted to do a class on Formations, and I think that will be the next course I write curriculum for.

If you have a large stage and multiple dancers, formations are essential to keeping the audience engaged.

Choreographing for a group is very different than choreographing for a solo or duet.

The presentation did remind me, however, of my love for dance – especially Fosse.

God, I love Fosse.

So much so, that I was inspired to create a couple of poses from the video in the presentation.

I love the lean back pose the girls strike in the video at various times, so I made one. 🙂

I also made another pose that I think will work nicely as a transition pose for several 60s dances, like Abranimations The Jerk.

I am putting them out in a box at my theater for free, so stop by and pick them up. 🙂

Turn left as you enter the theater and the box is on the wall – touch and ye shall receive.

(Also, you could hit up my subscribo right above it while you’re there.) 😀

Enjoy!!

Dance Xcetera

As I said before, Saturday was a full day of show watching.

I managed to make it to one other show – and boy, am I glad I did!

I’d seen a video of this group before, but not an actual performance.

What I saw at the show will definitely have me going back for more!

Lots of creative routines with very well done sets and choreography.

DanceX_001The show opened with some very nice eye candy.

If Santa’s helpers all look like this, I’m gonna have to try harder to stay on the nice list!

 

DanceX_002I loved this routine – very creative use of ice skating animations.

I’ve seen many different ice skating/ice dancing routines this season, but this one is by far my favorite.

 

 

DanceX_009This routine wins the ‘cute’ award – hands down!

I love the hippo song, and this little hippo avi is just too adorable.

The dance animations used were very creative as well.

 

DanceX_010One of my favorite Christmas songs for the last several years has been ‘The Christmas Can-Can’ by Straight No Chaser.  (If you haven’t heard of them, look them up – they are amazing!)

This routine was one of the best choreographed routines I have seen in quite some time.

Great use of a variety of animations, a nice but simple set, and a focus on the performers.

 

DanceX_015I am a sucker for ballet dances, and this one was truly enchanting.

I loved the ballerina angels descending on the snowflakes.

After they landed, a giant Christmas tree rose up in the background – just amazing.

 

DanceX_017The last routine of the show was Rudolph and the other reindeer.

I loved how his nose actually blinked. 🙂

Adorable costumes and cute choreography.

If you haven’t seen this show, make sure to catch it!

 

Lazy Sunday

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Yes, I’m still here! 🙂

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday because I was so busy.  However, I do have some things lined up that I hope you will like.

My volunteer dancers are hard at work getting ready so that I can film their vision of the Dance Experiment.  I’ve already filmed Sarah’s, and I hope to have at least 5 more versions to show you, depending on schedules. 🙂

I am working on a few new interviews for the Interview with a Dancer series, so be watching for those.

The biggest chunk of my time has been taken up lately with learning a new HUD.  I am making a concerted effort to learn the ins-and-outs of the HUD before I use it.  (Not something I usually do, because I am too lazy!)  But, because this HUD has a lot of capabilities, I want to make sure I understand how it works.  And I thought it would be interesting if I blogged about how my learning is going.  So, once I gather my notes together and make some sense of all the scribbles, I will be blogging about my learning the Artiste Performance HUD.

I also hope to, at some point, make some instructional (or at least informational) videos on how I approach choreography in SL.  The idea is to kind of ‘open the curtain’ on what goes into creating a routine from the beginning to the end.  We’ll see how that goes!

Tomorrow is Monday, so be sure to get out and enjoy some shows before the weekend ends.  😀