Sunday, November 15, 2009

Solo vs. Group

Do you prefer to dance alone, or as a team?

After dancing for 7 years, I have learned that the required skills to flourish in a solo performance differ greatly from those needed to do well in a group performance. There are many different benefits that come with dancing in a group, or going solo. It is an important thing to think about when planning a performance. The dancer has to look at what his/her strengths and weaknesses are, and compare them to the necessary skills required for a solo performance or a group performance.

If you like to freestyle and don’t do much choreography, going solo is better for you. This way you don’t have to find a compromise between the style of the group and your own personal style. Also, you do not have to worry about the performance of the other members of the group—you would just have to focus on yourself. There would be no one to hold you back from your full potential, or no one to push you to try to meet theirs. In this way, a solo performance can be more comfortable than a group performance. However, with a solo performance comes added pressure. As you would be the only one on stage, all eyes would be on you, watching your every move. Basically, a mistake made in a solo performance would be more noticeable than one made in a group performance.

The good thing about a group performance is that it looks a lot more impressive than a solo performance when it is done well. If each group member is able to master the routine it will look a lot more exciting than a solo performance. This, however, is very difficult to accomplish. For the group-routine to be good, synchronization is key. This is an area that a lot of dance teams struggle with, and it is the key reason why group performances are more difficult than solos.

So, which one do you prefer? Do you like to dance on your own or in a group? Please leave your comments below. I would really like to hear your opinions.

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