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Organising A Dance Team

Hey everybody! I’m part of a dance team called Equinox. Recently, we entered an audition to compete in the K-pop World Festival UK Regional Round in London and got through (the audition video will at the bottom of the post)! While I did not create Equinox, I have had experiences in organising dance teams. So, I thought I’d share some tips on how to organise a dance team.
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First, you will need to choose the right team members. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing your members, such as dance skills, attitude and availability. The most obvious thing to look for is dance skills. Some people may have previous dance experiences and thus better dance skills, while some may not have any sort of dance experience but you can see potential. As the past UoS K-pop Dance Society president, I have taken in those without dance experience but with a lot of potential. This is also depending on whether you are willing to put in the time and effort to teach them.
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A can-do attitude is also an important trait to have. If your team members are practicing dance as a hobby, they will need to be motivated and take the initiative to learn the choreography. Being able to take criticism and learn from it are also equally important for improvement and self-development. In addition, they will need to be able to work well in a team.
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The last thing to check is the availability of your team members. If a choreography have a lot of formations and member-dependent dance moves, you will have to ensure that they can attend most of the dance practices.
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After you have formed your dance team and chosen the choreography, the learning and practicing begins. For learning choreographed dance from videos, I would suggest learning the dance from mirrored videos and slowing down the speed to learn it properly. If your dance team members learn their choreography individually, a good tip is to have a circle dance time to ensure everybody is in sync with each other.
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Those are my tips for organising a dance team. Hope you find it useful and good luck if you’re going to organise one!
Note: This post was written before the K-pop World Festival UK Regional Round on 8 July.
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