If you have a big dance choreography project coming up, try planning it out from the middle or end first. This will help you figure out the climatic elements of your piece before the small steps and can give you a sense of how to fit the entire thing together.
During the process of dancing, it is important to remember not to judge yourself or your partner. This is hard to do, especially when you are just starting out, but you have to remind yourself that every person has a different path they will take in their dancing journey and it is not your place to offer unsolicited corrections, tips or suggestions.
It is also important to keep in mind that a smile goes a long way when it comes to dance, not only will this make you feel happier and more confident, but it will also show to your audience that you love what you do and that you are having fun!
A common mistake for beginner dancers is trying to jump straight into movement without properly warming up. This can cause soreness and even injury. Always remember to take a few minutes to stretch out and breathe before jumping into your dancing!
Lastly, don’t be afraid to try something new! Experimenting with different styles of dance can be a great way to grow as a Contemporary dancer. It can also be helpful to look outside of dance for inspiration, like exploring different forms of art and taking note of the use of shapes, forms and space.