Choreography classes allow students to go behind the scenes and become teacher, dancer, visionary, creator, collaborator, and director. Students apply their own skills and knowledge of different styles of dance to create pieces that they perform for each other as well as audiences in our winter and spring performances. Choreography class also teaches important life skills such as collaboration and teamwork, listening and communicating, self-confidence and self-expression. Classes focus on various elements that make up the craft of Choreography. Dancers explore the use of Time, Shape, Energy, Space and Motion. Examples of class themes are: Stage Design, Movement Phrasing, Gesture and Movement Invention, Use of Dynamics and Movement qualities, Themes and Variations, Background vs. Foreground, Movement Invention, Storytelling, Abstract vs. Literal Movement, Exploration of Props, Symmetry vs. Asymmetry and more.
Through Choreography class, students become comfortable with improvisation, weight sharing and group collaboration. Each week, dancers perform their creations for one another and learn to discuss and critique what they see. It is so important for dancers to develop language to talk about their art form and the confidence to articulate their point of view. Classes include elements of Modern dance, improvisation, and partnering. Concepts learned in Choreography class can be applied to any style of dance. This is a great way to foster your Creativity.