Monday, November 9, 2009
Preparing for the show, "Continuum," has opened my eyes to a range of dance styles as well as choreographic processes. Performing in a total of six dances, I have experienced everything from Romantic Ballet to girly jazz. I love the opportunity of having a variety of dances because I like learning and adapting to new styles. I have noticed that the most productive rehearsals come from those choreographers who enter the studio with everything set and completed beforehand. This way we are able to learn a large amount of choreography in the time we are given, and then spend the rest of the time on the smaller details. Another approach to the choreography process is to collaborate with other dancers to gather new ideas and perspectives of movement. Although this method is more time consuming, it allows for a group effort where everyone has input. Through my personal experience with choreography, I know it is very difficult to come up with every single step for all the dancers in the piece. It is important to come prepared, but also for the dancers to contribute as well. For any style of dance, an immense amount of time, patience, and dedication is required. I find it essential to come into the studio with an open mind and willing to try anything new. I want to thank all the choreographers for putting in so much time and effort in order to make our show an amazing one! I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Photo: Sara Tollefson