How Improv can make you a better dancerNathan Barr
3 benefits of improv!
Some of our DS Students’ improvisation skills
Dance improvisation (commonly known as improv) is the process of creating movement without pre-planning any steps or choreography. Free movement is a great way to have fun, relieve any stress and explore new ways to move and the best part is there are absolutely no rules! This week we look at the top 3 benefits of doing improv…and stay tuned next week as we share Miss Allie’s top 3 improv tips!
1. Improv pushes you out of your comfort zone
Improv can be quite difficult, especially in front of dance class but it will push you to get out of your comfort zone. At first you may feel a bit awkward and lost, especially if you have always been given set choreography, but as you practice you’ll begin to feel good about exploring your own movement! Often students hold back with improv because they think their peers will be watching or judging their dancing, but I can guarantee that everyone is focusing on their own dancing and feel the same way!
2. It helps you explore different types of movement
Improv is the best time to explore your own limits and find what movement suits you! A great way to find different styles while improvising is by giving yourself a theme or concept to dance about; for example you may decide that you are going to dance like you are melting in the hot sun. This could make your movement slower, and lower to the ground. Remember there’s no right or wrong with improvisation! Everybody interprets music and movement differently and at Dance Sensations we love to encourage and celebrate our differences!
3. Improvisation improves musicality
Finding musicality when you dance essentially means listening to the music and finding specific movements that complement or contrast the music! It is an extremely hard skill to teach and learn, especially as a young dancer but improvisation is one of the best ways to start exploring. A great way to start is by putting on a song and dancing only to the words. As soon as the lyrics pause (even when the backing music still plays) you should essentially pause too. Then switch it up and ignore the words and listen only to the instruments or beats. The goal is to see and feel a change between dancing to the lyrics and beats of a song.
Tell us your fav thing about improv
The most important thing to remember with Improvisation is that there are absolutely no rules! You are completely free to express yourself with movement however you feel, so don’t be afraid to break some boundaries and take risks! At Dance Sensations we see improvisation as a celebration of dance, and our amazing staff always make sure students are encouraging towards each other in a no judgement classroom! We would love to hear some of your favourite improvisation song suggestions in the comment section below!