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Creating A Character In Dance

October 30, 2014 Caroleeena DancehoopdancehoopdanceHoopdancePerformance

Characterization is a writing concept that can also be applied to creating a character in dance. It refers to the little details an author uses to convey information about a character’s personality, mood, and/or story. In writing, these details can be described. (“Sarah was grumpy.”) but in dance, they must be shown. “Show, Don’t Tell” [...]

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Pre-Cues in Beat Punctuation

April 5, 2013 Caroleeena Uncategorized

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Beat punctuation is the execution of a specific move at a specific point in the rhythm or lyrics. Before we can beat punctuate we have to do three things: – decide the beat or lyric we want to punctuate – decide what move we’re going to do on that beat or lyric – set up [...]

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Choreography: Tips for Soloists

March 14, 2013 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceUncategorized

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Before the show, arrive early, go on stage, pick a spot at the farthest point, in the middle, to spot on and anchor. Project your energy there! Take the Stage. When you take the stage, make an impression. Don’t wait til your music starts. Take the stage like a professional. Leave the stage like a [...]

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Dance Composition – An Introduction

March 14, 2013 Caroleeena DancehoopdancePoiUncategorized

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“Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and don’t think so much about it. Just make something interesting.” – George Balanchine The following is a synopsis of several aspects of the choreographic process. Over time I hope to elaborate on many of these concepts. This is the framework I plan to work [...]

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Directed Gaze – Directing Energy in Dance

April 27, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingPoiUncategorized

Earth Day at the Museum by Bonnie Austin Stanley

  Directed Gaze is a dance concept, a way of directing focus, a way of directing energy. We can make people look at things by looking at them. Don’t believe it? Go out on any street, stop and look up in the sky. Watch what happens. By directing the gaze, the dancer directs both energy [...]

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The Beauty of Stillness in Hoopdance

December 21, 2011 Caroleeena hoopdanceUncategorized

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Sustained spinning is beautiful. It is a hoop-related art all its own. And art, heck, Life, is filled with duality. There is black and there is white, there is earth and there is sky, there is up and there is down. So what is the opposite of constant movement? Stillness. I want to encourage you [...]

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Creating Lines in Hoopdance

December 9, 2011 Caroleeena hoopdanceUncategorized

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In hoopdance we don’t often think of creating lines. Hooping is round and we tend to relate to it with a round mindset. There are many ways we can utilize lines in hoopdance though. We can travel in lines, we can create lines with our posture, our arms, our legs, we can even imagine lines [...]

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The Subtle Dance of Musicality

December 5, 2011 Caroleeena DancehoopdancePoiUncategorized

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Musicality is a major aspect of all kinds of dance, including hoopdance, but absorption in tricks, technique, choreography, even costuming can get in the way of dancing musically. Even people who have taken dance classes often struggle with the concept of musicality. It can be hard to define and even harder to teach. I’m going [...]

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Playing with Beat Punctuation (or Pah!)

November 25, 2011 Caroleeena hoopdancePoi

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When I dance with my hoop, I emphasize different places in the music with my hoop or my body. If the tempo of the music moves from fast to slow, my movement moves from fast to slow. Where the melody rises and falls, I also tend to rise and fall. And in those percussive places [...]

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Putting the Dance in Hoopdance

November 17, 2011 Caroleeena Hooping

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I enjoy studying many different kinds of dance. I find that every kind of dance informs and adds elements to my hoopdance. I take classes in everything I can, rent and buy videos, take workshops at festivals, ask my friends who take classes to show me things, watch videos and So You Think You Can [...]

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