Stuck with choreographing your next piece? Try this….

Another of my super quick belly dance tips. 🙂

Ever found yourself in the situation where you just can’t find the next move in your dance? Maybe you have half of it down but can’t link it up. Maybe you are stuck in the same movements? A little trick I have found that can sometimes lift the choreographers block is to stop dancing and have a short break, like maybe a cup of tea. Ok, so now you are probably thinking ‘Well that all well and good but I have to have this piece finished, that’s not really helpful!!’.

Jade belly dancer with broom

I don’t usually clean my studio in costume! A friend took this when I went to knock down a few cobwebs.

Luckily, that is only part 1 of the tip, the second part is to put on some really different music to whatever you are choreographing but that still inspires dance. For me that means I will let my kids put on some mainstream dance music (as opposed to my awesome world music) and then I will do something like start cooking dinner or sweeping the floor. This multi tasking helps you get your chores done but functions primarily to stop you over thinking your movement. I find myself starting to dance and without even realising it I have come up with a great new combination on my way over to the fridge or new take on an old move while sweeping the lounge room. Taking away the music you are attached to and associate with ‘having to dance’ and putting on something you really don’t care about at all can allow the creative well to express itself without pressure. And hey, if it doesn’t work for you then at least your studio /house is clean!

Try it and let me know if it works for you too! (Comment below)

12 Choreographies in 12 months belly dance challenge

First ever performance of our Bellingen River inspired belly dance piece we quickly put together for the Bellingen River Festival. I’m not much at video editing but I did my best and its a pretty clear HD picture. After waiting nearly 12 hours for the silly thing to upload I realised the bit at the start I thought I had cut out was included – opps! Thank you to Tess my gorgeous friend and student- she has only performed a few times before and does a great job. Thanks to Helen for videoing us even though she had never used the camera before – I handed her the camera just before we went on.

Belly Dancers at 2012 Bellinger River Festival

Final pose

I am uploaded this because I said I would be a part of ’12 choreographies in 12 months dance challenge’ started by Kelly Lorraine Garland on facebook. I had had a similar thought to Kelly about a choreography challenge so when I heard about hers , I thought I would join in. I wanted to try and give myself a reason to finish off those half done choreographies, and to have a deadline to make a few new pieces for myself to perform – not just always doing group pieces for students. If you are inspired by the idea, please join us!

The dance is not perfect but I am very happy with it as an ‘outdoors, silk props, new piece’. Hope you enjoy it.

5 ways to learn choreography faster!

This post is no longer available as it has now been greatly expanded upon and become 10 ways to learn choreography faster, the free 20 page ebooklet you get when you join the mailing list!

Why not subscribe and read the whole thing to get the 10 tips? Here is why…

Can you relate?

You take class regularly but just don’t seem to pick up the choreography as quick as everyone else? Or maybe you just want to be the star!! Whatever the case, the ebooklet will help you on your way.

Remember, we all learn at our own pace and that’s OK. You have your own unique gifts to bring to the dance and after reading the ebooklet you will have some extra tools to help you along! Happy dancing – love Jade


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