What the Heck is… “Dance Improvisation”?

Dance Improvisation

Where do choreographers come up with those sick moves? Many dancers look to dance improvisation, moves that aren’t choreographed ahead of time. Does that mean dancers are just making stuff up as they go, kind of like what Uncle Steve does at wedding receptions after a few scotch on the rocks? Not that kind of dance improvisation! Choreographers use creative explorations including body mapping, shape, and dynamics. Improv exercises don’t always mean that dancers are just trying to make up new stuff, but improvising also allows them to practice freeing the body from habitual movements.

For example, in jazz, tempos and rhythm give room for some improvisation that creates new and unusual melodies and harmonies. It’s the same in dance. By improvising, dancers are free to experiment with new forms and techniques.


4 Responses to “What the Heck is… “Dance Improvisation”?”

  1. 1 David Reuille
    October 6, 2009 at 3:19 am

    It can be very hard to get old movement out of your body! Improv helps so much.

  2. 2 Aubrey Klinger
    October 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I only improv for the love of my life Michelle Pugh

  3. 3 Michelle Pugh
    November 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I love teaching improv! It’s my favorite next to 3 year old creative movement. There is no wrong answer as long as everyone is willing to step outside their box. And when you get two people who are great at improv, Watch Out!

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