Ins and Outs of Routine Choreography
Choreography - the art of composing and planning and arranging the movements, steps and patterns of dancers.
by Pam Headridge
To choreograph a routine, you need to make it pleasing to the eye. Visual is your primary focus when choreographing! Think of your routine as one unit, not individual cheerleaders or dancers. Whether you are creating a routine for a half-time performance or an upcoming competition, you should consider many dos and donts.
Stay in the same place throughout the entire routine
Add elements that your team has not perfected
Walk from one formation to another (especially in a dance only routine)
Use moves that are too suggestive
Repeat dance sections more than twice
Choreographing For a Halftime or Assembly Performance
Use themes; they are both entertaining and easy to work with. Below are some suggestions.
Splish Splash: Costume - towels on head and bath robes, (have cheer uniforms underneath). Dance up to the part How did I know there was a party going on? Splice a recording of a pop song after this line, take robes off and finish off with a funkier dance.
Car Wash: Costume - mechanics overalls
Mission Impossible: Costume - trench coat, hat & dark glasses
Its Raining Men: Cheerleaders with umbrellas dance then guys join in and stunt
Kung Foo Fighting: Costume - Karate uniforms and use kick boxing moves
In the Navy: Costume - Sailor hats
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