Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait on it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2
Many times when we choreograph, we come to a place where ideas are hard to come by - sometimes called writers (dancers) block. We have used all of our favorite steps; the music isn't moving us; the visions have stopped! What do we do to get moving again?
Collecting ideas for choreography
1. Look at nature - many times the movement of the trees, animals, the clouds in the sky, or even the rain will inspire you and paint a canvas of movement.
2. Take a dance class - discovering new steps or even revisiting steps that you know will invigorate your choreography.
3. Watch children play - Children are so creative and free. Watching them will give you movements that are uninhibited and uncluttered.
4. Watch your pastor preach - Most pastors are very expressive and lend themselves to great movements.
5. Do one of your dances backwards - crazy right? But if you reverse your movements completely, you will discover some wonderful movements.
6. Turn on the music and just move! (Improvisation) - Many of your greatest movements come from NOT thinking and just doing - so just move!
7. Go to an art museum and look at paintings - many paintings may inspire you to create stories or even movements. And when we relax and enjoy ourselves we stop blocking our own creativity.
Directional Movements - There are many directions that we can use as dancers, in any space that we are in. Experiment with different directions and see how that effects your dances. Note that the prospective is from you looking out to the audience, so your right and left.
Back of stage = Back Curtain/back of the room
Front of stage = Audience
Upstage Right (USR) - Moving from the center of the space towards the back -your right.
Upstage Center (USC) - Moving from the center of the space towards the back staying center.
Upstage left (USL) -Moving from the center of the space towards the back - your left.
Stage right (SR) - Moving from the center of the space towards your right side.
Center Stage (CS)- Staying in the center of the stage/space.
Stage Left (SL)- Moving from the center of the space towards your left side.
Downstage Right (DSR) - Moving from the center of the space towards the audience going to your right.
Downstage Center DSC) - Moving from the center of the space towards the audience staying center.
Downstage Left (DSL)- Moving from the center of the space towards the front/audience going to your left.
These are some of the directions that you can move when you are dancing. Keep in mind that dancing in different areas like a sanctuary may affect your patterns and directional movements. Note that some movement patterns are stronger than others as addressed below.
1. Direct and intentional
a. Upstage to downstage – strong
b. Move simultaneously (at the same time)
2. Diagonal – moving from corner to corner
a. USR – DSL
b. DSR- USL – 2nd strongest
c. USL – DSR
d. DSL – USR - weak
3. Side to side
a. SR – SL: strongest we read left to right
b. SL – SR: weakest
4. Circular movements – weak
6. Figure 8
So, there are several things that you can do to stuir up your gift of choreography. Use them! If nothings happens then use the tool that should actually be first; PRAY AND WAIT! It will surely come.