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10 Ways to Improve Your Dance Routine

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The choreography is prepared, your technique is strong, and you have been rehearsing in preparation for your upcoming performance/competition. Go through this checklist and make sure you are applying the following ways to improve your dance routine(s).

Dance Routine Checklist

  1. Perform! Have a backstory, and use your movement to convey a story.
  2. Let your energy flow all the way through your fingers and toes. Don’t let your energy stop at your wrists or ankles.
  3. Connect your transitions. Keep the “in-between” moments fluid and purposeful, as you transition from one important sequence to another.
  4. Stretch, and elongate your lines to their fullest. Relax the shoulders, and don’t let yourself get tense!
  5. Let your timing and musicality be second nature. Play your music on repeat until you know it by heart.
  6. Keep the eyes up! Recognize when you have opportunities to connect with the audience, and use them to enhance your performance.
  7. Strengthen your arms. Let them have as much purpose as your feet!
  8. Confidently execute the movement. Know your weak sections and adjust/rehearse until they are no longer weak.
  9. Perfect your turn preparation, execution, and landing.
  10. Manage your nerves, and dance for YOU!
Chasta Hamilton Calhoun

Chasta is the artistic director and owner of Stage Door Dance Productions in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is also the founder of The Dance Exec, a website and organization that provided resources and training for dance studio owners. The resources from The Dance Exec have a new home on the TutuTix blog, giving dance studio owners an even more in-depth library of free tools and information with which to grow their business. Chasta contributes to the TutuTix blog from time to time, offering her perspective as a studio owner (and TutuTix client!).