10 Tips to Improve Choreo Retention

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10 Tips to Improve Choreo Retention

Andi Magana
January 23, 2024
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We‚Äôve heard from our members that retaining choreography is one of the hardest parts of learning to dance, regardless of experience level! We asked our Steezy Team to share their top tips for retaining new choreography to help you on your dance journey ūüéČ

  1. Break down the choreography into smaller sections and learn them one by one. Take it step by step (or section by section), and focus on mastering each section before moving on to the next. Repeat the choreography multiple times until it becomes muscle memory. This will help build confidence and make the dance feel more natural. Pro-tip, use our sections and looping features to make it easy!
  2. Practice the choreography with different music or in a different performance space. This can help you adapt to different situations and feel more comfortable with the choreography!
  3. Break up your practice sessions into smaller chunks throughout the day. This can help prevent burnout and make it easier to retain the choreography. For example, you could practice for 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes in the afternoon, and 20 minutes in the evening.
  4. Use the music to help you remember the steps. The rhythm and beat of the music can serve as a cue for the choreography. Try to match your movements to the music and use the lyrics to help you remember the order of the steps.
  5. Record yourself practicing and review the footage. You can use the footage to visualize the choreography when you're not physically practicing.
  6. Use repetition as a tool to help you retain choreography. Repeat the same steps over and over again until they become second nature. This will help you remember the steps and make them feel more natural in your body.
  7. Use unique catch phrase to help you remember quicker. For example, you can use the phrase "step, tap, clap" to remember a certain sequence of steps.
  8. Practice the choreography in front of a mirror. This can help you see your movements and make any necessary adjustments. It can also help you remember the choreography by associating the movements with what you see in the mirror. Pro-tip, use the camera feature (available only on web) to see yourself next to the choreographer!
  9. Break the choreography down into different levels. For example, you can focus on the footwork first and then add in the arm movements. This can help you learn the choreography in a more manageable way.
  10. Finally, have fun with the choreography! Dance is a form of expression and creativity, so don't forget to enjoy the process. Let yourself be playful and experiment with different interpretations of the choreography. The more fun you have with it, the more likely you are to remember it.