Cheorgraphy has never been one of my favs..lol
I lead a tribal dance troop and I was taught ATS so I usually just *lead* with alot of cues and since we all know the same moves and stuff..you know just basic mirroring..that and my students know me so they can usually guess what I am about to do before I even know I think:)
But I have had to cheorgraph for some performance we have done and I wrote one that I LOVVVVVVVVVED..I called it the lotus dance and we used fan props in it, which at the time no one was doing around here at all, infact I dont think I have seen anyone do it at all except over in Cali
but we were all lotus petals and did certian things with our fans to make a lotus and there was certian parts where we were on the floor, others standing and so forth and forth ..
when i did that one, it was the song that inspired me..that is the most important part, once you have your song, I just sat and visualized what I wanted the dance to you know..be like with the song..I did alot of head visualization before I ever got up and started trying to write it out and then teach it..
and yah it is alot different..it really really is..but I will tell you this..when you finally get it the way you want and you step back and let the students perform it infront of you for practice and you see what you created, or like in our case I watched it on video after the performace and I saw what I created to that song with all these beautiful students of mine and knew it was MINE ..ahhh oh my god..I cant even describe that rush..it was wonderful!
It was just absoutley amazing!
so yah its worth it, but I struggled in the beginning too but once the ideas come..you know how it goes..it comes in a wave..so if you can get a song..get a few ideas..it often will just bust loose like a rain storm or something..
and then its just a matter of tweeking it around little piece of the song by little piece till you see this really strong format and then its just a matter of sharing that vision with the troop or students...