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5 Things to Consider When Preparing Solo Dance Choreography

solo dance choreography

In competitive dance, performing a solo is a significant investment- it requires a lot of time and financial support for choreography, costuming, and private lessons. As teachers and choreographers, it is our responsibility to provide the appropriate framework for the right routine for the right dancer. Ask yourself the following to see if you are making sensible choices for your soloists when preparing solo dance choreography:

1. The Dancers

Are your dancers that perform solos technically, stylistically, and psychologically prepared to perform as a soloist? Will it enhance and develop their experience as a dancer for the year?

2. Unique Routines

Do you uniquely create a routine that will showcase the strengths and mask the weaknesses of each performer? Do you develop ideas regarding music and concept of each solo performer? In order to succeed, the solo must be the perfect match between the choreographer and the dancer.

3. Past Performance

When creating a solo, do you look at the dancer’s past journey to determine how they will continue evolving as a performer and dancer? What will this routine accomplish that will set it apart from other routines?

4. Creative Burnout

Do you know your creative breaking point? How many solos can you choreograph while maintaining a fresh, exciting perspective? Make sure you do not allow yourself to burn out.

5. Time is of the Essence

When working on solos, maximize the dancers’ time. Be efficient, tackle the choreography, and value their investment.

If you follow these suggestions, the solo will likely be a win-win for everyone involved!

Need some more ideas on creating choreography? Take a look at these other articles in the TutuTix blog:

Dance Choreography with a Strong Story

Expressing Yourself Through Choreography

Choreography Tips: Overcoming Choreographer’s Block

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!).