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Improvisation or Choreographed Solo? How to Choose.

Updated: May 3, 2023



Choosing to improvise your dance or to propose a well-rehearsed choreography requires different qualities. Let's know which ones


In a dance competition, whether it's Tahitian dance or any other dance style, it's always important to choose what you feel most comfortable with and what brings you the most pleasure. This will enable you to give the most enjoyment to those watching you, and the more at ease you are in your dance, the more the judges will appreciate your performance.

Improvisation

This requires a certain amount of letting go and self-confidence. You have to love dancing for the sake of dancing. Improvising means being in the moment.

Your improvisation at 6 p.m. will not be the same at 7 p.m., or the next day, even if you try to replicate it on video. Being in the moment allows you to get out of your head and move toward a spontaneity that is different from that of a long-rehearsed choreography.


If you choose to improvise, trust yourself. Use what you know best, regardless of your level of technique, and don't try to be overly complex unless you are truly experienced. Above all, savor this precious moment, whether on stage or in front of a camera. In improvised choreography, this moment is unique. When you already know the music, the experience can be wonderful.


Choreographing your dance?

Do you want to be sure to use all the possibilities of your body? Do you want to show the full extent of your dance technique? Then choreograph your solo. Dedicate time to rehearsing your dance. When you already know the music, you can work on the musicality of your movement. You gain in harmony with the music what you lose of the spontaneity of improvisation. However, if you rehearse to the point of integrating the movement sufficiently into your body, you can regain the sense of letting go and spontaneity of improvisation.


Ultimately

You choose based on who you are, your approach to dance, and how you experience it.


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