Some Basic Tips for New Choreographers


You Have to be Inspired

If you want to put together some great choreography, you have to be inspired.  Of course, everyone has a different way of getting inspired, and it depends on the person to find a way to stay inspired over the course of the choreography.  However, there are some general tips to help stay inspired:

  • Pick a piece of music that jibes with you and your tastes.  Music is key to keeping you inspired.
  • Watch similar pieces, or watch other choreographers that you look up to.  This will set clear-cut goals and a model to work towards.

Be Prepared and Ready to Go

Once it’s go time, there should be nothing else on your mind.  That means everything you need is already there and prepared, including music, a clean area large enough to work in, and a general plan already communicated to everyone on what you aim to achieve that day.  With that being said, that doesn’t mean you stick to your plan and refuse to make any alterations.  A good choreographer is always open to on the spot changes as they are needed.

Be Unique

Not lost in the fray, and above all else, be unique.  All the greatest choreographers weren’t afraid to be unique, and didn’t shy away from making changes that weren’t considered normal.

Keep your mind and body relaxed.  As a choreographer, it’s important to know that you are also a creative artist.  Staying creative, and paying attention to your mind as well as your body will keep your performance top notch.

Ways to Relieve Muscle Stiffness and Soreness — Improving Choreography

If you suffer from muscle stiffness or soreness, you will know the struggle.  You’re completing a routine move, when the pain will strike.  It will interrupt you.  It can make the routines difficult, and it can be very painful.  Worse of all, it will make choreography harder than ever.  Luckily, you’re not the first person to have this problem!  Many choreographers have been faced with tightness, or stiff and sore muscles and they have found a few different methods to get by it.

  • Make sure your mattress or comforter is new and working properly.  If it’s old, low quality, worn out, or broken somehow, it could be affecting your sleep and your muscles and joints.  This is usually the first place to look for a quick fix.
  • If that doesn’t do it, also consider your sleeping position.  The best position is on your left side, as it allows for the best circulation.  If at all possible, try sleeping like this.
  • Take a warm bath to try and alleviate the pain.  If you happen to have a hot tub, great, use it!  In fact, using this step in conjunction with the other two should be enough for most people to solve their joint problems.
  • If you try the above steps and still haven’t solve the problem, it might be time for some more serious action.  The next step should be to go see a physio-therapist and your doctor.  If there is another underlying cause for pain, this will be where you find it.  The physio-therapist may have exercises and routines that can return your joints to normal.  Meanwhile, you can always try using prescription drugs recommended by your doctor to alleviate pain as well.  For some people, this is the only option they have.
  • If you’re looking for a more natural solution, I suggest you look into acupuncture.  I’ve seen numerous choreographers make fantastic recoveries using acupuncture, so booking a session is always worth a try.  If you live in the US, here is a great place to find a practitioner.   However, if you are looking for Canadian acupuncture, you should check out Find Acupuncture Canada, and you can browse by location.