Tips for remembering choreography
20th August 2019
As concert time is approaching, and we have spent the best part of another wonderful year watching our students learn and grow, it’s probably a good time to talk about choreography. Whilst many of our dancers have been training for years, and they’re confident and capable when it comes to learning choreography, dancers who are at the beginning of their journey can find it to be a daunting task. From the actual movements, to the timing, choreography can be difficult to master.
Here are some quick tips for helping young dancers learn their choreography:
- Get focused – prepare not only for the physical exertion but the mental workload too by doing some deep breathing. Take some time to prepare and centre yourself.
- Watch first – let the movement be absorbed visually and mentally first. Once you have seen the routine multiple times, then start transferring the knowledge to physical movement.
- Break it down – start by learning the choreography in portions. Master the first part, then move forward once you’re ready. Make these portions as small as you have to in order to commit the routine to memory.
- Slow walk-through – when you begin each segment, start by walking through the movements slowly. Don’t rush, allow your mind the time to truly commit each movement to memory.
- Reinforce memory – whenever you learn new choreography in dance class, it’s a good idea to practice again as soon as you get home. Take a little break, then try again on your own. Early repetition assists with long-term learning.
- Practice in your mind – even at times where actual dancing is impractical, run through your choreography in your mind. Mental repetition accelerates learning.
- Beat the trouble spots – if you come across particular difficulties, take a moment to focus on them. Put that segment on a loop and just keep practicing until you get it right.
- Connect movements to words – say it out loud as much as possible. The verbal acknowledgement will help you commit the movements to memory.
- Patience – avoid self-critique and anxiousness, focus on positive associations with the music and the routine. Getting frustrated will only slow down the learning process.
- Use your opportunities – whenever you have a spare moment, practice. And, keep practicing. You’ll get there.
Dance choreography is one of the truest examples of practice making perfect. It’s important to embrace the challenge, and keep working at it until the routine movements become second nature. If you have any questions regarding dance choreography, and how best to learn it, don’t hesitate to speak with our friendly teaching staff at Newcastle Dance Academy. If you’d like to learn more about our classes, or enquire about enrolment, please give us a call on 4961 6233.