Choreographing can be very challenging even for the most experienced dancers.
Read what some choreographers have shared with us and get inspired to create a new piece or complete an unfinished one.
Rakshit is a versatile dancer from Delhi. After training with The Danceworx performing arts academy in various styles like Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet, he perfected his technique at the Broadway Dance Center, New York. He has choreographed for numerous artistic societies of colleges under Delhi University. He is currently the co-artistic director of Right Moves Academy of dance and is also freelancing, teaching and taking workshops at various other institutes.
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“Initially, when I started choreographing I used to think that it should have lots of fancy stuff and cool movements. Then, when I went to train abroad, my whole idea of choreographing transformed, and I learned that it was okay not to have fancy stuff in the choreography. Over a period of time, I became more aware of my body movement and I gradually started incorporating this new-found knowledge and awareness into my choreographies.
Choreography, for me, has now become more like an integral aspect of art rather than just a combination of some steps. When I choreograph to any music that I like, I usually take the first step that my body prompts my mind to do and that makes my entire choreography more raw and one that has a human connect to it.”
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Ginni Batra has been trained in various dance forms like Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip hop and Contemporary in the past 7 years. He began his training at The Danceworx and after few years joined IFBC and has also been a part of the Urban dance camp, Asia. He has trained under many international teachers and believes in grabbing all opportunities to train and improve his skills.
He is also the co-founder of the Right Moves Academy of dance along with Rakshit Arora and Mayank Nakra. He is currently a professional dancer and choreographer, teaching contemporary dance at Right Moves Academy of dance as well as Hash Dance studio and Delhi Dance Academy.
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“The process of choreographing for me has always been a bit different each time. Sometimes I end up choreographing a whole piece but at other times, I can only make a few seconds. I try not to force myself to do so and to choreograph only when I feel creative. I try to keep a meaning behind everything that I create since that helps me tap into and connect to the emotional meaning behind the music.
I also feel that choreographing and dancing are two different skills. They definitely go hand in hand and support each other but have to be worked on separately.
Initially, I couldn't choreograph the way I wanted to and neither feel my choreography while dancing it out. It was only later that I realised I was trying to add steps to the music rather than letting the music move my body.
A few things that inspire my process of making a choreography are:
1. Music -The most important thing that drives me to choreograph and really brings out the best in me and at times, even enables me to do what I thought I couldn't do, is my music. Personally, Sia is one of my favourite artists, I love how she sings every word with brilliance and uniqueness. I think everyone needs to find music that they love in order to choreograph a unique piece.
2. Time - Being closer to deadlines also makes me more creative. It really makes my art, mine. When I am short of time, I have to trust myself and my work because I don't have time to waste on doubts and uncertainties. I just go with the flow.
I am constantly working on my skills and improving as a choreographer since the process is never ending.”
We hope that reading what inspires these brilliant choreographers to create a piece and what their process is of going about it, motivates all the readers aspiring to make a piece from scratch or pick up the one they left incomplete.
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