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How to Make a Good Military Dance Routine, a GREAT Dance Routine

Updated on December 19, 2014

Gotta LOVE Military Dance Routines!

I remember dancing on the LHS Drill Team as the Vice President and absolutely loving dancing military routines. Not very many girls are fond of Military Dance Routines, because they are so strict and not considered "beautiful." However, I have always loved Military!

Military Dance Routines are so powerful and captivating. To me, they make me feel so completely in control of my body and movements. I love that feeling of just complete control and the perfection that comes with tight, strong, sharp movements.

Bonnie Lassie's Dancing their Military Dance Routine.


Belomond High Drill Team

This year, my little sister had the opportunity to be on the Belomond High Drill Team as a Bonnie Lassie. She has never had any technical training, just teaches herself. Her talent and athleticism simply blows me away, and makes me a little jealous. ;-)

I was so excited that she and I now had such a strong passion in common with one another. She loves the powerful Military Dance Routines, just like I did. This week she posted a video of her dance team performing their Military Routine. It is amazing to see how far this small, fairly un-trained, group of girls has come. They performed their military routine with such vigor, and I am so proud of the Bonnie Lassies!

As a professional choreographer, working with the Bonnie Lassies in 2014 was such an honor. Their coach did a great job her first year, really pushing these girls to be better dancers. Though the timing and technique may not be perfect; their love for dance and hard work is prominently displayed. Overtime, I know they will simply continue to improve and blow the judges away. Lai Rupe's Choreography can't wait to work with these dancers more and choreograph more competitive and challenging dance routines to take these girls to new levels as dancers.

We love the Bonnie Lassies!

Ben Lomond High Drill Team - Bonnie Lassies' Military Routine

Make Your Military Routines Better

Now, as you can see from the video, there is always room for improvement, this is where Lai Rupe's Choreography comes in. You can always, always, always do something to turn your great military dance routine into an even better dance routine, by using some of these tips!

The best way to improve your Military Routines is a good ol' fashion deep cleaning. You can find out the best ways on how to do this in the article, "WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "CLEAN" A DANCE ROUTINE."

This is an amazing article to check out to help improve your dance routines before performances and competitions. It always blows me away how often dance teachers and coaches tend not to stress cleaning dance routines. When choreography is learned, the routine should then be cleaned for a perfect performance.

3 Quick Trick For a Better Routine

  1. Break Down the Counts - It is so crucial to ensure that your dancers know exactly what to do when. Knowing the counts inside and out as a dancer, is the only way to ensure the team looks uniformed. This is one of the most tedious things to do on a dance team, but it is also one of the most important. When it comes time for competition season, you will be so grateful to have every dancer on the same page.

  2. Have Dance Auditions - As a professional dancer and choreographer, I would always encourage studios, companies, and other dance teams to hold auditions for every dance routine. Even if you plan to allow every dancer to participate, holding dance auditions teachers your dancers to work harder and be more prepared right from the start, so that they can perform in the routines. No one wants to be left out, so this is a great way to push your dancers to give a little extra effort for themselves, you, and their team. I have learned that this also helps dancers take more pride in performing, because they feel like they earned their spot on the dance floor, and that confidence will help build an even better performance.
  3. Practice, Practice, Practice. Though repetition may get boring after a while, as a dancer, you should know that repetition is crucial and will always exist. Practicing the movements over and over again builds muscle memory. Muscle Memory allows for your body to do the correct moves, without your mind having to focus on it. This then frees up your mind to think about smiling and really performing the dance routine, making it more entertaining. Never overlook the importance of constantly practicing.

Don't practice until you get it right,

Practice until you can't get it wrong!


Arizona Dance Convention - Lai Rupe's Choreography


Have any dance questions, concerns, or topics to discuss? Don't hesitate to reach out to Lai Rupe's Choreography. I am here to spread the beauty of dance.

To Improve your dance-self more and more each day, please follow me and check out some of my other great articles like, "HOW TO LEARN CHOREOGRAPHY MORE QUICKLY."

Thanks for your LOVE and Support!

~Alaina (Lai) Rupe


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