Improv vs. Choreography


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It’s not a competition.

Belly dance is a lot like cooking.
You can follow a recipe (a choreography), or add a pinch of this and a dash of that (improv).
Both approaches use the same ingredients.
Whether you plan your dance in advance or create it in the moment, you’re still using the same moves, principles, and inspiration.

So as long as you understand what you’re doing, the end result is delicious either way.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m all about improv.

But even as the captain of Team Improv, I think there are benefits to both approaches.
So let’s make a case for BOTH improv and choreography…

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This episode is a podcast version of one of my favorite articles, Improv vs. Choreography. The wording varies a little in the podcast version, but not the content, so go ahead and check out the original.

Your Turn

Do you usually improvise or use choreography?

Do you want to add more improv or choreography to your dance life? Why?

What other reasons can you think of to improvise or to use choreography?

Got a question or topic that you’d like us to talk about on the show?

We would love to hear from you.

Leave a comment below, or better yet, leave us a short voice message. Maybe I’ll even play it on the air!

Want More?

If improv is a priority for you, check out our Improvisation Toolkit DVD series.

Instead of throwing you in the deep end of the pool, the Toolkit eases you into improv, breaking it down into straight-forward skills that you can understand and master.

Learn more

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