Workshop IIA: Custom Choreography Creation
This semester long workshop is perfect for artists ready to create
powerful group choreography with 3 or more people. The first offering
of this class yielded this
choreography and the second offering yielded this
choreography. Winter 2006 classes yeilded this
choreography and this
The focus of this workshop is to create customized choreography
- fit the specific artist's needs
- work well with the selected song
- highlight the strengths of each performer
- create a performance piece that will be compelling to watch
again and again
- provide a fully choreographed performance of approximately
3 minutes where every beat for every performer is planned
By meeting at a specific time each week, the group will have
an opportunity to practice on their own and then share their progress
in a weekly group practice. This reduces the challenges associated
with finding additional group practice times since each artist
is present at a specific time each week.
After the initial goals are established
in class one, each session will include new choreography and practice.
The group will often be split up, based on the material being
added, so that some artists will be practicing while others are
receiving new material.
Approximately 1 minute of choreography
will be completed per month, totaling about 3 minutes total, with
recommendations for reuse of existing parts of the choreography.
Below is an outline of the material covered in each class.
Class 1 (80 minutes each)
- select song
- determine dynamics between artists
- assess artists skills and strengths
Classes 2-12 (80 minutes each)
- on a very limited basis, teach new skills as required by the
- develop and teach choreography to the group
- refine focus and choreography as needed to support the overall
flow of the piece
Classes 13 (2 hours)
- run through troubled areas
- develop "workaround" (alternate) choreography as
- drill weaker areas of choreography
Class 14 (2 hours)
- full run throughs
- feedback for each artist
Students should bring a musical selection to share and use to
choose from the first evening of the class. Also, each artist
should complete a survey form assessing the moves they know and
do not know prior to the start of class. Details about this survey
are provided after registration.
Students should know have taken at least 3 of the following classes
or have equivalent knowledge:
We also advise students take at least 1 of the following classes
or have equivalent knowledge, though this is not required:
Finally, a strong understanding of our
developmental model is useful for this workshop.