Indepth # 3.5

My comments are being stupid and telling me I can’t reply to a comment. So, this post is in reply to Ms. Mulder’s comment.

I haven’t been able to get an updated video. For me, I find it’s easy to figure out what steps I want to do and what order to do them in. It’s surprising how much the music can actually tell a choreographer. I feel that’s where I’m learning the most is to listen to the music and find what accents I can hit, if the steps are slow or fast, and where the underlining back beats are. I find it simple to tell where I need to put a jump and where I can’t have one. The hard part is finding all the little steps that don’t make big impacts and stand out but are still graceful and placed in the short amounts of time they have to be there.

Indepth #3

Hi everyone, so I’m very happy with how far I’ve gotten. My dance is almost done other than the last 4 counts of 8. Then I have to clean it but plenty of time for that. Question time!

What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?

Something that went well was that when Ms. Lindsay gave me feed back, it wasn’t just general suggestions. It was feedback specific for me. She gave me ideas and suggestions while keeping in mind my style and my dance strengths.


What learning challenges emerged?

All previous choreography that I have done was, at most, a 10 sec choreographed dance or a 30 sec dance made up on the spot, so a learning challenge for me was expanding my style and skill set in order to fill a 3 minute song with different steps.


What factors affected your ability to interact effectively?

A factor that limits our ability to effectively communicate is the time limit to which we must comply to. It is hard to accomplish a lot during this time and therefore makes it difficult to progress a lot with Ms. Lindsay’s help.

There we go! Can’t wait to finish my dance!


Did a nation define its culture or a culture define its nation?

Hello everyone!! So, I realize that my picture may be a little self-explanatory but I must say I’m technologically challenged and this is the best I can do.

Which defined what

My question is: Did a nation define its culture or a culture define its nation? In class we’ve been talking about how different nations have different cultures. What I’m basically asking is, did a group of people establish themselves to be a nation and then sit down and talk about how they were going to act and what traditions they were going to follow? Or did a group of people establish a way of life, similar traditions and actions before banding together to be one nation? Did they possibly happen simultaneously?

I chose a picture of a chicken and an egg because I hoped to relate it to the age old question: What came first? By labeling the pictures “The Nation” and “The Culture”, I showed that I was not asking did the chicken come before the egg or vice versa. However, with the previous knowledge of the question “Which came first?”, I wanted to show that this was a similar question but hopefully one with a concrete answer.

Indepth #2

One month in and we are all well on our way (hopefully). I’ve had quite a few practice times with my mentor Ms. Lindsay Mckay. It was great to start talking with her about  choreographing a solo, choreographing in general, and her experiences with choreographing.

Ms. Lindsay has been choreographing since she was about 15. She started off by choreographing her own solos, which she performed in competitions. She felt that this gave her a new appreciation and respect for all her teachers after seeing the amount of work it took. It also caused her passion and love of dance to grow. When she was 19, Ms. Lindsay started dancing professionally. Though she didn’t choreograph her own pieces, she tried to retain a lot of techniques and styles she saw when working with the choreographers and teachers. When she was 22, Ms. Lindsay returned to Encore and started teaching solos/duos/trios and intro groups. Intro groups were a whole new way of choreographing as she had to keep the choreography simple yet entertaining, and she had to “dig deep into [her] creative side.”

As I said in my last post, I am asking all my teachers for some “Tips and Tricks” to choreographing, but as Ms. Kelsey said to me, “Everyone choreographs differently.” Still, my list has grown.  Hopefully I don’t repeat any but hey, if it’s repeated, it’s valuable!

– Use the whole stage

– Have a gimmick that that catches people’s attention

– Use a dancer’s strength but don’t make it obvious (add jumps to a turner’s solo)

– Levels!!

– Have movements match the song’s sound

– Listen to the music a lot

– WHEN STUCK: choreograph a bunch of different things and pick one

–  Map out your route around the stage to help with travelling

This last one I did:

I don’t know how up to date that is. Maybe I’ll do another next post.


So far I have learned a lot about how sometimes you want to act out a story to get the best choreography. Also, you might just need to film an improvisation, look it over and piece the solo together from what you do naturally. Sometimes parts of the song will speak to you and choreography will be easy to come by. Other times, the song is stubborn and un-inspirational and just plain difficult to work with. At this point, improvising is probably the best way to fix it, at least until you figure out something to do.

Look, a wild link has appeared (because I still can’t do hyperlinks properly):

This links to a video of my incomplete, I repeat INCOMPLETE, dance. The chorus has yet to be done as well as some connections so please excuse the random time-filling hops and fiddles.

I’d LOVE some feedback on how it’s looking, and, if a dancer reads this, maybe some ideas on what this chorus could contain.

Well,  later everyone! I hope everyone’s projects are coming along nicely!