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Question of the Month

How do we teach choreographic craft?

  • Vlad A. - Choreographers learn best from other choreographers.
  • Joana L. - I think that every emerging choreographer should design their own method of learning the craft.
  • Molissa F. - Dance composition classes in an academic setting usually offer a pretty solid foundation.
  • David P. - There are no recipes of how to create --- the only way to learn how to choreograph is to choreograph.
  • Laura C. - Shadowing an amazing choreographer who has reached artistic maturity can be an incredible learning process.
  • Rebecca T. - There are multiple layers of education a choreographer - including improvisational skills, composition, and use of structural elements, as well as intellectual skills such as conducting research and knowledge of the art form.
  • Melissa K. - Choreographers first need to learn the basics -- time, space, force. Then tackle more complex issues -- form, style, abstraction, compositional structures, and choreographic devices.
  • Valerie D. - I believe the process of inquiry and feedback is key to teaching choreographic craft. Asking choreographers about their concept, intent, choices, options, thought processes, meaning helps to refine the artist's focus and decision-making in the craft.
  • Teresa D. - By studying those who came before us in the field but also through our own experimentation and practical application of it. Growing through the process by trying, reviewing feedback, improving and trying again.
  • Mimi N. - ... a combination of learning directly from choreographers, an understanding of the theories and building blocks of choreography, and just doing it.
  • Sylvana C. - We teach the craft of choreography through examinations of choreography through time paying attention to shifts in cultural values and beliefs. Lectures, dancework, and fieldwork give us unique perspectives for approaching our work. We endure!
  • Julia G. - Perhaps compositional techniques are a craft, but choreography encompasses more than composition. Trial and error, an openness to ambiguity are necessary ingredients. Teaching is presenting tasks with the aim to explore process and create art.
  • Jessie L. - I teach the whole dance-artist, meaning students gain technique skills along with improv and comp. I offer choreographic tools, they observe professionals and each other, give feedback & choose meaningful concepts to build work w/ clear intention.
  • April B. - ...through a multi-layered process of building an awareness of the expansive lexicon of human movement; training the student in self-defining practices such as improvisation and Authentic Movement; and giving them choreographic tasks/studies.
  • Alicia D. - First, I learn from other choreographers. Next, I combine knowledge and experience while experimenting with new material. Then, I transmit and refine the results from the experiment to others. And the cycle restarts...