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What Style of Dance is My Favorite?

 

I loved teaching dance. Now, I  love setting my designs on paper through the staging of words. Writing for picture books is very similar to making up dances and routines.

Dance and writing have many similarities and style is one of them.

Over the years, I would often get asked what my favorite style of dance to choreograph was.

Well, that’s hard to answer because I loved choreographing for almost all styles. However, I can undoubtedly say jazz was my favorite and came easiest to me.

A “jazz” style choreographed picture book of mine would be fast-paced, upbeat, full of strong images and entertain.

My typical choreographic style would start off with a catchy and interesting beginning pose then go into an unusual intro. After grabbing the attention of the audience,  I then go into what I used to call the “meat and potatoes” section, which simply showcases movement and sets the tone. My next step in choreography was to transition to another formation in order to keep things exciting and interesting. One of my favorite parts of choreography was creating a “wow” moment. Perhaps it was an unexcepted dancer to shine alone, funny dance steps or an amazing trick to showoff.  All my jazz choreography would be set up to have one section that would amaze or stand out. Whether it was turning or leaping, the choreography would build to this moment. Now all that was needed to finish the routine was a strong ending and pose that would leave the audience remembering the number.

I look forward to continuing writing picture books using my choreographic formulas and the full creative process of putting together words as if they were dancers on the page.

 

 

What Style of Dance is My Favorite?

 

I loved teaching dance. Now, I  love setting my designs on paper through the staging of words. Writing for picture books is very similar to making up dances and routines.

Dance and writing have many similarities and style is one of them.

Over the years, I would often get asked what my favorite style of dance to choreograph was.

Well, that’s hard to answer because I loved choreographing for almost all styles. However, I can undoubtedly say jazz was my favorite and came easiest to me.

A “jazz” style choreographed picture book of mine would be fast-paced, upbeat, full of strong images, and entertain.

My typical choreographic style would start off with a catchy and interesting beginning pose then go into an unusual intro. After grabbing the attention of the audience,  I then go into what I used to call the “meat and potatoes” section, which simply showcases movement and sets the tone. My next step in choreography was to transition to another formation in order to keep things exciting and interesting. One of my favorite parts of choreography was creating a “wow” moment. Perhaps it was an unexcepted dancer to shine alone, funny dance steps, or an amazing trick to show off.  All my jazz choreography would be set up to have one section that would amaze or stand out. Whether it was turning or leaping, the choreography would build to this moment. Now all that was needed to finish the routine was a strong ending and pose that would leave the audience remembering the number.

I look forward to continuing writing picture books using my choreographic formulas and the full creative process of putting together words as if they were dancers on the page.