I want to share with you some tips and keys to expanding your choreography vocabulary and creating dynamic dances for your ministry!
Key #1 - What is Choreography?
Choreography is: “the artistic arrangement and written notation of the movements of dance.” The word “choreography” originates from the Greek word “Choros,” and it means a circle of singers and dancers; and from the Greek word "graphe” which means writing. We can surmise from its origin that choreography is literally dance –writing or giving a message through dance.
Choreography develops the story for the audience and develops a relationship between the audience and the dancers. Learning what choreography entails and how it is developed will help to establish a clear message for your dances.
Elements of Choreography include:
1. Music – gives the theme, sets the mood and pace, and the rhythm of the dance.
2. Words (of the song) – tells the story and moves it along, gives the theme, describes the setting
3. Theme – Gives a main subject that connects the entire dance.
4. Design and Use of space – Gives variety.
5. Body facings - direction the body is positioned.
6. Direction of movements – gives variety.
7. Motivation – what moves the subject?
8. Technique – skill broadens and enhances the movement and vocabulary of the dance.
9. Props – give visual cues and definition to the dance.
10. Costumes – give visual definition of time, theme
In order to understand how to create dances, we must know what the elements of dance consist of. This is only the beginning of creating DYNAMIC DANCES FOR DANCE MINISTRY!
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