Some of us are more naturally inclined at picking up choreography quick, but all dancers must learn the skill. Being able to learn and absorb choreography quicker gives us a boost of confidence! It also allows us more space and time to focus on how we execute the movement. Here are a few tips to train yourself on how to pick up on choreography quicker:
The key to learning anything is repetition. The more you are learning in class, the better your mind will retain choreography. Our mind and bodies need repetition to connect to each another and form muscle memory.
Staying in class and learning choreography, both repetitively and consistently, strengthens the connection between your mind and your body. This in turn strengthens the capacity for your memory and also helps your brain connect movement sequences together more easily.
Stand in the front
It’s simple; it’s easier to learn where you have a full view of your instructor. So if you want to learn better and quicker, you should stand in the front! Standing in the front also helps overcome fears like stage fright and can boost self-esteem.
Remember the dance in sections
Remembering in phrases (or eight counts) can be a really great way to improve learning. Think about each phrase or eight count as it’s own section. Get it down, give it a name or a lyric and move on to the next.
Give yourself your own cues
Teachers like to throw out a “bad-a’da-TAAAA” or a “swish” or a special term to label certain movements while they’re teaching. These are known as cues. They help dancers remember what comes next. You can make and give yourself your OWN cues to help you retain choreography. This will make things easier and smoother on your mind when you’re dancing.
Close your eyes
When you close your eyes, the other senses thrive. Muscle memory is created when a feeling is recognized in the body. Your body’s physical memory of the movement may improve if you try closing your eyes. Just make sure you’re tuned in to those around you so no one gets hurt. 😉
Do you have any special tips to share about picking up choreography? Please let us know in the comments!