Dancing is a competitive sport participated in by many around the world. It is the act of creating art with your own body by the use of music and sounds to move in rhythm. There are many uses for dancing. It can be used as a way for therapy, as a form of fitness, it can also be used as a way to become more flexible and fluidic. There are many forms of dance; each is different and can be used in different ways and for various purposes. For example, hip hop is commonly used to signify the wild and untamed styles of the street, while jazz can show organisation and pumping rhythm, ballet is used to signify grace and elegance, but what about belly dancing? Belly dancing is a tricky form of dancing, and it utilises the mobility of the hips as well as a strong core. It is considered to be exotic. This is because it is a dance that uses the stomach muscles as well as the hips, which makes it seem very elegant and exotic to many. Though the dance itself may be considered a challenge, the choreography is deemed to be the hardest. This is because of the difficulty of the songs as well as the complexity of the moves that are used in the routines that are more common practices around the globe. Here are ways you can choreograph your own belly dance routines for a performance
The Choice of Music
The choice in music is sometimes one of the essential parts of any dance. It sets the tempo and also decides whether your routine will interest people, it will also determine the amount of effort that you will have to put into the routine. Fast-paced music will be beneficial to those who have higher levels of energy and have more rigidity. However, for a more fluid, water-like routine, slower songs are the best. This is due to the transitions of the music. Faster paced songs have shorter transitions, whereas slower songs are known for their longer transitions. Either way, the choice in music, plays an essential role in the types of moves that you can do. Faster paced songs usually have smaller transitions and need lots of energy to do; however slower songs have more elegantly placed transitions alongside longer-lasting transitions.
Practice, Improv and Choreography Building
The first thing that you must do when choosing the type of music that you want in your dance is to do a freestyle improv before beginning to transition more moves into the routine. It is natural to get incredible ideas when you are dancing to the song, but you must put those aside and focus on the freestyle. Use this opportunity to try out new moves and also to get a feel of the music that you are dancing to. Perhaps one of the most fun and testing parts of creating a whole new routine is the steps. You must find a set of moves that go well with the entire song and can be swapped and placed in different places. You must also find the best moves to add into the climaxes as well as the transitions, as they are essential to maintain fluidity in the routine.