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Repeat Chorus Choreography Without Boring Your Audience

We’ve all seen it, the same chorus choreography repeated over and over… and over. Listen, I get it. Time is limited, your dancers won’t cooperate,and you still don’t know what song you’re going to use for Christmas. So, here’s a list of 20 ways you can repeat chorus choreography without boring your audience:

  1. Make the first chorus a solo. For the second chorus, add in a few dancers. For the final chorus, add all the dancers in unison.
  2. Have the first chorus be a simplified version of your choreography. For the second chorus, add in more flares. For the final chorus, go wild!
  3. Have your dancers face in all different directions, still performing in unison.
  4. Change some of your dancer’s facing. Have only some of your dancers facing backwards/sideways/diagonally while some dancers face forwards; all dancing in unison.
  5. Change all of your dancer’s facing.
  6. Change the formation.
  7. Have the first chorus begin as a solo, adding in dancers as the chorus progresses, until the final line of the chorus where everyone is dancing in unison.
  8. Create a phrase of choreography that can be done in a round. Have a dancer/group of dancers join in (starting at the beginning of the phrase) every 4 or 8 counts.
  9. Put your dancers in a ‘V’ formation (apex towards the audience) for a strong, ”in your face” finish for the final chorus.
  10. Put your dancers in the audience/isles.
  11. Design the movement to be able to be done with multiple levels: Chorus 1-On the ground. Chorus 2-Standing. Chorus 3-With multiple kicks and jumps.
  12. Have secret dancers hidden in the audience until the final chorus when they all pop up and dance together.
  13. Have one dancer at a time perform each phrase of the chorus as solos while the rest wait/pose.
  14. Have your dancers begin the chorus together in unison, but every few counts have one or two dancers freeze in a pose featured in the choreography. By the end of the chorus only one dancer is moving leaving the rest frozen in different positions. This is particularly effective for a final chorus that slows/’winds down’ the song.
  15. Reverse #14. Start the chorus with all your dancers frozen in various poses we are about to see. One dancer begins the chorus and others join them when their frozen position is matched by the moving dancers.
  16. Stop dancing and just have your dancers sing a chorus with claps.
  17. Have some of your dancers perform their best tricks/jumps while the rest of the group is dancing in unison for a flashy final chorus.
  18. Bring all your dancers into a ‘clump’ formation to create the feeling of ‘togetherness’.
  19. Line your dancers up straight across the stage (stage right to stage left) and starting with one side, begin the chorus choreography adding in one dancer at a time until the full line is dancing.
  20. Have some scattered dancers perform the chorus choreography in slow motion while the rest of the group dances it ‘straight’.
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