Karen Barbee - Roadmap to Improvisation - 9:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. Friday 8/3/18
“I want to wait until I know more steps” said the dancer asked to improvise – and into the trap she fell!!!
Successful, musically relevant improvisation is based on a COMPLETELY different skill set than the one needed to execute a choreography or even a dance combination. Collecting steps can’t help you if you don’t also work to develop your indexing and accessing mechanism. So how do dancers who have trained in the traditional “choreography-based, recorded-and-perfectly-engineered music” system make the shift?
In this class, you will learn tools for indexing and accessing what you already know, practice techniques for quickly linking movement to sound and vice versa, explore how to allow your current movement to inspire subsequent movements, and perfect remedies for the inevitable misplaced steps.
Even if you never plan to improvise, this class will give you an amazing jump on choreography!