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SUPER DANCE PERFORMANCE SECRETS

Updated on October 14, 2014
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"Dance is all about Passion. When you exude your feelings into a performance, this is when the dance comes to live."

~Lai Rupe

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR STAGE PRESENCE AND PERFORM BETTER IN DANCE COMPETITIONS.

As your passion and career for dancing grows more and more, you learn that dancing isn't just about the technique and movements you do. Dancing is also about the emotion and performance that is put into the routine, to captivate the audience, and influence the lives of those watching the routine.

To some, a natural performance face comes easily and simply exudes from the dancers. To others, performing while dancing does not come easily; for these dancers, this article will help you learn the super secrets to a great performance.

FIRST - KNOW THE ROUTINE FRONT AND BACK

Knowledge of the routine is the first crucial step in becoming a great performer. If you don't have all the steps committed to memory, frontwards, backwards, to counts, and with music; then you will never be able to stop thinking about the movement and focus on the performance.

Practice the routine over and over and over again. Repetition is the best way to have a routine fully memorized.


If you are having trouble learning the choreography correctly and quickly, read the article "HOW TO LEARN CHOREOGRAPHY MORE QUICKLY" to dive into those tricks and tips more in detail.

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SECOND - LISTEN TO THE LYRICS OR STORY

After you feel comfortable with the choreography, and the movements simply come naturally to the music, it is now time to focus on the story the choreographer intended for your to tell. Listen to the lyrics fully and really think about what they mean. Or if your choreographer created the routine for a specific purpose or with a direct story line, talk to your choreographer to ensure you know what emotions you should display.

Knowing the storyline and lyrics of the routine, will help you be able to think about the purpose of your dance, rather than the steps. This will allow you to better perform.

Chorographed by Lai Rupe's Choreography in London, England.

THIRD - IMAGINE THAT THE STORY OR LYRICS APPLY DIRECTLY TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE

Now that you know the purpose of your routine and have listened to the lyrics and intent of the story line, it is now time to really connect to them.

The best way to connect to the lyrics and storyline, is to imagine they apply directly to you.

If you are performing a fight against cancer routine, pretend you are the cancer patient and think about how you would feel. Picture being a sassy bank robber, a lion in the jungle, or a nerdy school girl trying to be popular, and act as they would. If you are performing a routing about losing a loved one, what emotions would you feel?

Portraying these raw, real emotions, is how you are going to have a sincere performance, and "get into" the routine more than you ever could.

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FOURTH - CHOREOGRAPH FACIALS AND VOCALS

Imagining you being the main character in your routine, portraying real emotions, is going to be the best way for you to really perform. However, sometimes you have to add a little flair too.

Choreographing specific areas in the routine where you make a face, or say a vocal "yeah" will not only help you have performance faces, but it will also give you more energy for your performance. Adding vocals, whether they are "breathy" or loud, will help pump up each dancer, and remind you to keep breathing as well. Breathing correctly while dancing is a crucial thing to help you be able to continue to give your routine the live performance it deserves.

FIFTH - PRACTICE PERFORMING FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, BEFORE YOUR ACTUAL PERFORMANCE OR COMPETITION.

You always here people say, "practice makes perfect," well that is because it is true. The more you practice something, the more natural it become. Practicing performing, before your dance competition or actual performances, will help you be a better performer. The more you do it, the more natural it will feel.

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Performing a dance routine,

Versus doing the steps, will make a huge difference when you compete and perform routines. These tips will help you as a dancer and a coach, to ensure your dancers perform to their best ability!

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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.


Also, feel free to check out the article, "HOW TO LEARN CHOREOGRAPHY MORE QUICKLY" to help improve your dance technique and help you learn routines faster.

Thanks for your LOVE and Support!

~Alaina (Lai) Rupe

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