What songs I was hoping to choreograph
Part 1: How and where to start
At some point almost every pole dancer faces this hurdle: The first choreographye. If you've never danced and have no experience with choreography, that can be pretty difficult. Where do you start, what should be added, which song, how do I make the performance interesting for the audience? Question after question and often you feel so overwhelmed that you give up or don't even start.
So that things work differently for you when you develop your next or maybe even your first choreography, here are a few tips from me. Even for the more experienced, there may be some inspiration for the next performance.
First a short information, in the end a lot depends on your own preferences and for what purpose I prepare the performance. Over time you will certainly develop your very own system of creating a choreography.
Today we concentrate on the beginning of the choreography like the choice of music, which moves should be included and what else you should think about before you start.
What do you start with?
There are many options here, depending on what is important to you about my show. Maybe you already have a song that you always wanted to dance to - then this is it music your beginning do you want a history tell, then think of them first and choose moves and music appropriately. Or maybe it is particularly important to you to be able to show your skills, then you can also do the Tricks start and select the music accordingly.
For casual performances, I usually start with the music and then choose suitable tricks. In competitions where the show has a strong influence on the rating, the first thing I do is choose my topic or story. When it comes to sporting competitions, I also like to start by writing a list of tricks that should definitely be on my show.
Once you have decided on a song, created a list of moves that you would like to incorporate, and possibly selected a topic or story, then things really start.
But let's take a closer look at these three parts first.
The music vs. your movements
Very important: the song has to be suit you and you have to be happy to move to it. That's why I like to dance a freestyle to my selection of songs first, then I notice how it feels to dance to it and often the first ideas for the choreography arise. If the song doesn't me inspired and motivated, then I'd rather look for someone else.
Slow songs are definitely easier in the beginning, but choose what you like. But also keep in mind: Even if the music is slow, that doesn't mean that the same has to apply to all of your movements. Contrasts make choreographies always interesting, such a contrast can also arise when you move quickly to slow music or vice versa.
Now we actually want to move in a way that goes with the music - apart from the contrasts that we may specifically incorporate. But that doesn't mean you always have to keep track of the beat. You can also follow the singing, listen to an instrument from the song or whatever else touches you and motivates you.
The right choice of tricks
I am always balanced for one mixture. Just because I am very flexible, nobody wants to see how I just bend myself for 5 minutes and I also have the right to show all my facets. That's why I make sure that there is something of everything in there: powerful figures to show my strength; Splits or back bends to show my flexibility; dynamic movements like a drop or a quick combo; Floorwork and of course spins are not missing.
Besides, you should have too many Repetitions avoid. E.g. there are several ways to get up the bar. So instead of just climbing up with an X Ankle Climb, how about a side climb, outside leg climb, a spin before the climb or just a little variation of your own.
I also avoid similar figures, especially for a lay audience there is often no discernible difference and when pole dancers are watching, they are also happy when they see a bigger one variation shows. So even if I like to do an Iron X, I don't do it with different grip variations in a show or if I've already shown a twisted ballerina, I don't do a normal ballerina.
Tricks are great, of course, but that certain something can get your show through a story or theme. If you decide to do something, you should stick to it. Telling a story the first minute and then neglecting your story the rest of the time is a no-go for me.
Pay attention here too Contrasts and variety. Let's say you decide to perform as a cat. Instead of being the sexy kitten for 5 minutes, it would be much more interesting if the cat first stalked itself slowly, made contact with the audience, then ensnared it with its smooth movements and then, when the audience had wrapped it around its finger, to extend the claws, etc.
But there is always the possibility to just concentrate on the dance and the music and not to choose a topic or a story! Of course, that can also be exciting with great choreography. Concentrate on what suits you and gives you pleasure.
Starting position and intro
Let's get to the last section for today. We have thought about all of the above and are now starting with the choreography. If we embody a certain character, the intro is ideally suited for this character to the audience to introduce or, if we have chosen a topic, to make this clear to the audience. In this way, the audience can empathize with our idea and follow us from the start.
Otherwise, it is usually a good idea to start rather calmly and with simpler figures, so that we have the opportunity to improve over time and the tension slowly increase. But it can also be a nice change to start right away with a trick or a combination that makes the audience's jaw drop. So we tie it up immediately and win it over to us.
Before we can dance an intro, of course, we need one Starting position. Of course, you have to choose the one that suits your topic, the possibilities are practically endless. You start outside the stage and walk in or come on stage with a nice floor work part. You can start at any point on the stage without a pole, standing, lying down, facing away from the audience, huddled together or in a strong and present position. In the same way you can of course start on the pole in all possible figures.
When choosing your starting position, keep in mind that you may need to hold it for a while until the song starts. So don't choose a move, because it's very difficult to hold and not a figure on the ground that requires too much balance. Also, you shouldn't forget that it's the first thing the audience sees of you and, as everyone knows, that's what counts first impression. So take your time carefully choosing your starting position.
I hope you feel like starting choreographing yourself right now! Next week we will continue with more tips and inspiration for you. If you have special requests, just leave a comment and I'll try to address them in the next post.
I wish you a good start into the new week and good luck with your first choreography!
Next blog post: How do individual tricks become a choreography. Part 2.
Next event: Workshops with Irmingard Mayer from New York (Body and Pole Studio) in May at Polemotions!
Class tip: In March “Finding your Freestyle” with Tina.
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