Choreographic Manifesto

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Choreographic Manifesto
I have been doing dance for a very long time and it took me a year here at Southern to figure out that I wanted to commit to it, but it’s what I love to do on a daily bases. In the last year and half of being a dance major I have realized that my choreographic thoughts are a like that of my wardrobe. For example one day I want to wear something of the cowgirl in me, some days I want to wear longs flowing skirts and go for the hippie/gypsy in me. When I start to choreograph I like to think to myself and say,” What have I never seen before?” within the dance department that is. I definitely like watching unique and weirdly, original things that are projected onto the stage. I enjoy not knowing what people are going to create next when I know it’s going to be good and completely different from their last. I do feel strongly that I will have a small structure in starting out my choreography, such as knowing that I need to have an ariel section, floor section, minimal, or taking a phrase of mine and knowing I want to device it somehow. I do like structure, but I also do not what that to hold me back. I like that some dances are from experience, I think it’s a strong way of grabbing an audience’s attention when you can relate it to them. Then again, I also like the weird, unexpected pieces that when you look at it all you want to say is,”That art!” I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how to keep myself balance as far as spacing, music, and using time, so those I haven’t really thought much about as far as choreographically. Overall when I choreograph, I want people to question who choreographed this and be surprised when they hear it was me. Now I know that probably won’t happen right away or even happen a whole lot, but that is the goal I have for my pieces. I think whatever mood I am in, in that period of time could affect which direction my choreography will go or if there was something I experienced along the way that I...