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How to create tip-top skip-hography?

Posted on Monday, 26 October 2009 07:29PM by Aidan Twomey

About choreographing your own skip-hop routine…

Creating skip-hop Choreography is an interesting, exciting and rewarding experience. However it is also a challenging one, requiring patience, organisation, creativity, originality and vision. There are many other factors to consider and here is all the information you need to know about choreography and how you can make your own skip-hop composition.

Choreography Introduction
Choreography is the art of creating sequences of movements. The word choreography literally means “dance-writing”. Although choreography is mainly used in dance, it is also used in many other activities that use human movement in routines, For example, Gymnastics, Stage Combat, Synchronised swimming and now…skip-hop.
skip-hop uses choreography to design routines with a fusion of sports skipping and hip-hop dance. This is known as a skip-hop composition which is created by applying either or both of the following choreographic techniques…

Improvisation
This is where the skipper or the group of skippers who are well aware of all of the skip-hop dance moves, and are given a piece of music and certain necessary group components but where each skipper has their time to show off and throw down “some serious shapes” on the skip-hop floor.

Planned Choreography
Planned choreography is a technique where every move is worked out to every beat of the song being worked on. There is no room for improvisation, whether solo or in group unison every move has its time.
1.      Have the list of “skip-hop dance moves” close to hand, and evaluate each move, and decide which ones may be able to be used in your routine.
2.      Decide on your piece of music. You need to listen to this song carefully a few times, establish the beat and try and visualize the routine you would like to have as the finished item at the end of the song.
3.      Split the music into sections, give them names that are easily remembered, and see how they repeat throughout the song.
4.      Identify the mood throughout these sections.
(skip-hop top tip: sometimes it helps to draw the music as a squiggly timeline which identifies how the song flows.)
5.      Make sure anything you like with regards to your routine, you write down. Even if you do not use it right away, it may come in handy later.
6.      Get the basic outline of the footwork down. Other “flair” bits such as turns, rope releases and other tricky bits can be added after.
7.      Practice your routine over and over and over. Make changes but write everything down, put it to music and evaluate.
Aidan’s skip-hop top tips…
·        When working with larger groups of “skip-hoppers”, use simple steps performed in unison to create a dramatic impact.
·        Remember the measure of your team's strength is the member yet to perfect the skills to match your strongest members, so when working with “skip-hoppers” of varying ability, aim to create a sense of equality through the choreography. Simple movements performed with precision are much more effective than difficult ones that aren’t!

Be Creative & Have fun

Aidan Twomey