The 3 Stages of Choreography Mastery

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you the three stage of choreography mastery. I wanted to talk about this subject with you all, because I feel like students often just hop from learning choreography to choreography to choreography without really delving in deeper, going into all the stages that I feel it takes to master a choreography.

So, the first stage is Recall. This is the stage where you are having to just remember a choreography. You’re just learning the steps, you’re just learning the transitions, you’re just learning the timing within your music. This is stage one: Recall. This is also where dancers tend to stop. They just do stage one and they don’t go on to the other stages.

The next stage, would be Refinement. Taking what you remember and really getting it into your body. You are past just trying to recollect, just trying to recall, the steps. This is where you are really getting comfortable with the movements. You’re refining the movements. You’re able to execute it with good footwork and good technique.

The last stage, would be Relaxation. This is where you have done all of your work on technique. This is where you remember all the steps without even thinking about it. So much so, that you are able to go past it, and you are able to then really be free in the choreography, to emote and to express, and even to start and stop in places in the choreography. As an example, you are able to perform it in a restaurant, and get distracted and stop for a moment and interact with a customer, but then your able to immediately hear where you are at in the choreography and the music, and you can just jump right in. You don’t have to think at all about what steps are coming. You have worked on it for so long, that it just flows from you.

Those are the three stages: Recall, Refinement, and Relaxation. But I want you to think about that though. Think about sticking to a choreography long enough. Because we tend to again we jump from thing to thing to thing, prop to prop, and we don’t really spend the time and delve into it. But if you really think about it, all the most talented dancers dance their dances over and over and over and over again. That is why, they are so good at what they do. Because they have really spent the time to practice it and hone it and fully express the choreography. So, I would recommend that to anybody who is kind of struggling with wanting to grow, to really do that. To spend enough time on a choreography, instead of just performing it once and then throwing it way and doing something else, never really getting mastery. Gaining mastery of one choreography or even one style for that matter or one prop for that matter. So, that’s what I wanted to share with you in this video. 

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