How To Create Your Own Dance Routine

Learn how to be a beginner choreographer

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The beauty of dance is that if you enjoy music and movement, you can do it. You can create your own dance routines as simple or as elaborate as you like. And, if you do not feel confident in your dancing abilities yet, then do it alone. All you need is music, some creativity, your body and your will to do it.

Getting Started

Once you have learned a few dance steps, try putting a few of them together to music. It can be fun to be your own choreographer, which means you create your own dance routines set to music.

Inventing your own choreography is a great way to practice new steps you have learned and to stay or get into shape. It usually helps to have an inspiration for your dance routine. Why must you dance? What is it about the song? Does it make you feel a certain way?

What You Need

There are a few things that define a dance routine, such as the music, and having a beginning, middle and end to your routine.

Music Selection

Choose the music you want to dance to. Pick out a song that has a strong beat. For starting choreographers, a song with a well-defined rhythm will make your dance easier to set to music. It might be best to choose music with a simple count built in, such as a song that lends itself to an eight-count. Songs that have an eight-count are easiest to set to choreography in the beginning.

Or, if a song with a strong up-tempo is not what you're in the mood for, then pick a piece that you love, that makes you feel emotional and that inspires you to want to move.

Do not worry about how long a song is, you can always edit it to lengthen or shorten it. Also, pick a piece you like a lot. You will be playing it over and over.

Opening the Dance

Just as you plan out writing a story with the first words you write, you would do the same with a dance. Choose the way you will be standing when the music begins. The intro of the song usually sets the tone for the rest of the song.

Think about ways to transition between the intro into the chorus and into the ending. Another thing to think about when composing a dance routine is finding a way to unify the dance, by having a common feeling or thread through the song.

Plan the Steps for the Chorus

Your best bet is to perform the same sequence of steps each time the chorus is played. Choose your best, most striking moves. Repetition is a key element to any piece of choreography. In fact, audiences identify with repetition, it gives an audience (and performers) a sense of familiarity and comfort. 

Nail the Ending

Plan out your grand finale. You might want to consider striking a strong pose on the last notes of the song. Hold the end pose for a few a seconds.

Continue to Practice

As you repeat the dance, your steps should be committed to memory. Then, through continuous practice, your dance will become more natural. You may find as you dance that your routine may even evolve. The more you practice, the better your routine will be.

Performing for an Audience

If you are ready and feel you have choreographed a complete dance, then, you might want to show it off. For even more excitement, you can even dress up in an old costume or leotard and make your own mini-recital at home for family or friends.