Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Very Own Guide to Performing

There are many different factors that affect how well a hip hop dancer performs. Some of these factors include: energy, articulation, facial and body expression, and synchronization. These aspects of dance can either make or break your performance. Judges base their decisions on these very factors, and if even one is not used properly, the performance will be considered amateurish. The most simple of dances can look much better than a highly complex dance if these factors are utilized properly.

Energy: Hip Hop is known to be a dance based on high-energy. If the dance is not done energetically, then it is not done properly. Without energy the performance looks dull and unattractive. This factor is arguably the most important factor that affects a performance.

Articulation: This factor is also very important to a performance. Without proper articulation, the dance looks sloppy and unprofessional. Proper articulation includes good posture, definitive movements, and smooth transitions between moves. Furthermore, for a performance to look dynamic and interesting, the dancer should work on proper levelling. Judges really take this factor into consideration when marking.

Expression: Facial and body expression add flavour to any performance. Without an expression to match the song and mood of the dance, the performance may look awkward or again, dull. (This has always been a challenge to me. Many people have informed me that this is the area in which I have to work on most). Dancers must be careful to look straight while they dance, not up or at the floor.

Synchronization: This factor addresses two separate aspects of dance: synchronization with the music, and synchronization with each other. Team synchronization is very crucial to a performance where there is more than one dancer. It involves the dancers all moving at a uniform tempo and articulating each movement at the same time. The more dancers there are, the more important team synchronization becomes.

Synchronization with the music affects both a team performance, and a solo performance. Rhythm synchronization involves dancing on the beat and staying in tune with the steady tempo of the song. It mainly helps to emphasize each technique, and makes the performance look flashy and distinct. If this factor is utilized correctly, it will give the competing dancer(s) that extra edge to win the hearts of their judges.

Other factors that affect the look and style of a performance include the costumes chosen, the music chosen, props, and so on.

So, follow these criteria and you will be sure to have a memorable performance. Readers, if you see something that I have missed, please feel free to comment below.

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