Kate Jablonski, who directs Beyond Words Dance Company in the Chicago suburbs, says formations for dances that use all of her 31 company members are largely mapped out in advance, since coordinating many bodies requires a lot of planning.
But if she's
choreographing a solo or duet, she's
more comfortable creating on the spot.
"That means they have something to work toward," Jablonski
"It's easy for beginning choreographers to look at a dance they really like and try to imitate the things that they like about it," Jablonski
It's good to be inspired by others, but as you work, check in with yourself every once in a while to make sure that the dance you're making is coming from you.
At the end of the day, remember to put things in perspective.
"Don't put too much pressure on yourself to make something 'good,' because that's when you end up with a disaster," Jablonski