Improvisation is still
one of those areas of dance which mystifies some studio dance teachers
and terrifies dance students (mainly older students.) Most of the time
you’ll get an, “I love improv” or an “I hate improv” from the crowd as
there is generally no ambivalent feelings on the subject.
the younger we are the more uninhibited we are and the earlier we
introduce improvisation as more than just “freeze dance,” the tendency
will be more of a joy to freely move vs. being self-conscious as to what
to do next. It will also inadvertently start to build a sophisticated
movement profile and palette for little ones as they develop into more
mature dancers down the road. For youngsters, it’s easier to just move
and not think but the older we get the more our brains get in the way.
Sometimes as a dance teacher I have to tell my older students, “stop
thinking, just do it and move” and that goes with executing choreography
too, so you can imagine the terror that comes with not having the steps
laid out for them...........