Dance Bag Must Haves: For Choreographers & the Rehearsal Process!

By Jadée Nikita

As choreographers, we often have to find creative ways to make the rehearsal process flow with inspiration.  Especially if you are working on a year-length’s project, or something that’s been in your studio’s repertoire for more than five years. In instances where the dancer’s are not being compensated for their time monetarily, it is the choreographer’s responsibility to make the rehearsal engaging and light.

I have to admit, I get really excited when a choreographer dims the lights and makes us perform as if we are on stage at Madison Square Garden.  It boosts my confidence as a dancer and I have a lot more fun since I’m not so much worried about the choreography (it forces me to focus on the performance aspect of the routine).  So the next time you are holding a rehearsal for an upcoming performance, I recommend packing the following three items to help motivate your dancers to perform their best!

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AMBIENCE LIGHTING

Ambience lighting can do tons to liven up your rehearsal process!  Try buying a cheap work lamp, like pictured above, and lots of different colored bulbs.  You can will be surprised at how mood lighting can effect the emotion of your piece.

lampMotor Trend 6 ft. Metallic Clear Clamp On Work Light $16.59

BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS

Perfect for the dance studio, the beach, or an outdoor video shoot of your routine, as a choreographer it is essential that you have a wireless speaker system.  My favorites are the ones that are small and powerful.  It has to weigh less than 5 lbs, and it has to have a booming system.  Ideally, the speaker should have a long battery life (up to 8 hours), and recharge quickly.  With these spec in mind, I found a cute bluetooth enabled wireless speaker that was perfect for my budget and fits perfectly in my dance bag!

Other cool specs:

  • FM radio
  • Line-in jack for devices that don’t have Bluetooth
  • Aux-out jack for an expanded audio experience
  • Perfect for iPad, iPods, and iPhones,  MacBooks, portable game devices, and more
  • Weighs 3.09 lbs
  • 6-8 hour wireless battery life

purple speakersiHome iBT4 Rechargeable Bluetooth Wireless Boombox with FM Radio $99.95

RECORDING DEVICE

When looking for the perfect recording device that suites your needs as a choreographer, you have to ask yourself a series of questions that pertain to your particular style.  For example, what’s your budget?  Will you need to share the videos quickly or is it for your own archives?  How often do you record? The list goes on.

I recently went to the French Alps and noticed a lot of skiers and snowboarders recording their high-paced action with devices called go-pros.  They are small, attach to a helmet, hat, or hand-held tripod, are waterproof, and easily upload the documented footage to your YouTube page, or your laptop.  I’ve personally never seen anyone use a go-pro to record a dance routine but it would be interesting to see how well it works at capturing the high-paced movement in dance as it does on the slopes.

What makes it great:

  • Free 32 MB micro SD card
  • Easily upload your footage to FaceBook, Instagram, email, text, and more with high-speed wi-fi
  • Captures professional-quality video at resolutions up to 1080p60 and 10MP photos at up to 10 frames per second
  • Durable and waterproof
  • Sound quality

goproHERO3+ Silver Edition $299.99

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Cover photo via 8tracks
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