In Dance, It’s the Choreography
Choreography is the basic skeletal structure of all dance routines. This is true for all forms of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatic dance, hip hop, ballroom and ethnic dance are all performed within the framework of choreography. Choreographers create unique combinations of dance steps and movements set to music. Some of the most famous choreographers originated from their own ranks as world classes professional dancers in GTA for example.
Famous Choreographers by Name
In ballet, former ballerinas and male danseuses like Vaganova, Fokine and Balanchine began their careers as dancers. Vaganova is credited with a specific style of ballet as is George Balanchine.
In ballroom dance, Fred Astaire is credited as the choreographer in many of the films in which he appeared. More recently, Canadian ballroom dancers from Montreal and Toronto are added to the list of former world class championship dancers turned choreographers. These include recent choreographer for TV’s Dancing with the Stars, Jean Marc Genereaux. His ballroom style has flare and daring moves that appeal to viewing audiences.
Dance Technique Defines Choreography and Choreographer
Dance technique is a highly personally developed movement that translates classical dance syllabus into a renowned style. Bob Fosse, for example, suffered from a spinal injury early in his dance career. His dance technique is known for oblique angles of arms and limbs. In his choreography for “A Chorus Line,” the world famous Broadway musical and film, this technique is seen clearly in each dance sequence. Gwen Verdon, originally a Broadway dancer and singer, developed her dance technique into a remarkably unique style as a choreographer, emphasizing movements of the torso, head and legs in her choreography.
Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer
Very often a professional dancer retires from active dance performing. Their accumulated performing experience, coupled with endless hours of rehearsals, dance study and practice provide them with an opportunity to teach and choreograph. Many of these professionals choose to choreograph for theaters, above cruise ships and in casino theaters around the world. The natural transition from dancer to choreographer is of great value to dancers and the entertainment world. Choreographic style is the engine that drives dance.