Whether you are a beginner or an advanced dancer, choreographing a dance can be challenging. To be successful, it takes a lot of practice and imagination, not to mention a bit of creativity.
If you’ve ever struggled to remember a move or combination, you know that it can be frustrating. There are some pretty simple tricks that can help you memorize the moves more easily, so here are some tips for speeding up the learning process:
1. Mental Confidence – This one is really important because it helps to boost your confidence as you work on your technique. When you start to feel uneasy about your dancing or lack control of your long limbs, it’s crucial that you mentally reaffirm your belief in yourself.
2. Watch and Learn – Have your instructor or another dancer show you a new movement phrase in full, without stopping. Then, ask them to show it again the same way and try your best to remember as much as you can.
3. Marking – Use the time between classes or during rehearsal to “mark” movements in your mind. By doing micro-movements with your hands and feet, you can train yourself to recall the movements in your head without having to actually do them fully out loud.
4. Do Takes – Do many takes of a movement until you’re confident that it’s perfect. It might not be perfect the first time, but it will get better each time.