It pays to know a little more about a competition company, its judges, and its philosophies, so have a look at LEAP! National Dance Competition in this interview with executive director, Drew Vamosi.
Dance improvisation is a movement skill that involves creating and executing movement without any premeditated choreographing, as well as a dance form that takes practice to master just like any other. For those new to improvising, here are some words of advice that can help in any situation where you may be asked or required to make up movement on the spot.
Alexandra Langstaff has been teaching creative movement and modern dance in Vermont for over 20 years. She spends the majority of her time in pre-schools, elementary schools and day care centers. She shares her Top Three Props with DA readers because they saved her when the electricity went out, the iPod quit and the cute speaker system wasn’t loud enough.
Jenn Romano works with high school dance students and in two after school dance programs for at risk youth. Jenn’s Top Three comes directly from her work, teaching dance composition in New Mexico high schools. She uses these “games” to practice improvisational skills as well develop student-generated choreography in her classes.