Principles of Choreography - How to choreograph/dance course
4.4 (10 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
33 students enrolled

Principles of Choreography - How to choreograph/dance course

Designing a dance
4.4 (10 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
33 students enrolled
Created by Himangini Puri
Last updated 5/2020
English [Auto]
Price: $29.99
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
Training 5 or more people?

Get your team access to 4,000+ top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere.

Try Udemy for Business
What you'll learn
  • Dance and choreography
  • No

This course is a guide to choreography irrespective of any genre. Whether you are a beginner or an advance level dancer/choreographer, this course provides basics as well as how to integrate them on an advance level.
Along with the help of professors and dance researchers, I have created a course of 10 videos that encompass principles of choreography as well as movement. The 10 chapters covered are as follows:

1. Time and Musicality - Learn how to use beats, rhythm and musicality to your advantage.
2. Energy and Performance - Learn how to project energy to the audience and learn some key performances skills.
3. Stimulus - Learn how to use your 5 senses and objects around you to generate new movement.
4. Improvisation - Learn the art of improvisation and free movement. Learn to connect your mind and body to spontaneously take decisions while moving.
5. Decision Making
- Learn about the different challenges you will face as a choreographer. What are the decisions you have to make.
6. Site specific performances
- Learn how to move in spaces other than the studio or the stage. How can you make your performance in a field or on the beach?
7. Somatics and Proprioception 
- Learn about the true connection between your mind and body. What is that extra mile that will help you understand your body and it’s limitless abilities.
8. Form and transitions
- Learn the different ways in which you can design your choreography and how to use traditional movements effectively.
9. Space and shape
- Learn about the many aspects of the space you occupy while dancing and how you can use that to your advantage. You will also learn about the shapes your body can create and what those shapes determine.
10. Community Dance
- Learn about dance for the elderly, people with disabilities and Parkinson’s. How can we extend dance to our communities in order to uplift their livelihoods and what reversing effects does dance have on people with special needs.

Who this course is for:
  • Dancers and people curious about dance
Course content
Expand 10 lectures 01:29:52
+ Principles of Choreography - How to choreograph/dance course
10 lectures 01:29:52

How does time and musicality aid your process of understanding dance better? How can you use time in your compositions to create a more dynamic performance? Lastly, how can you improve your sense of musicality?

Preview 13:10

Learn about the space around your body and how you can utilize it in many different ways to move. The way in which our bodies utilize space inevitably create shapes, learn how to use shape for the purpose of choreography and how different shapes may be interpreted differently.

Space and Shape

Every choreography requires form, whether improvised or structured. Learn the different forms of choreography and the different ways you can structure yours. Transitions are a key element in choreography but every choreography requires personalized transitions - what does yours need?

Form and Transitions

What are the different ways of improvisation? What are the methods and inspirations to improvise? Can improvisation be structured? This video answers these questions and provides more key information regarding improvisation.

The resource attached is called The Game of Choreography. You can play this with other dancers or when you are choreographing. You (or someone else) simply pick a letter and number at random, whatever box you land on is your task for movement. For example, if you land on F3, your box says ‘Cushion, Quality - Hard, Use Sound’. What this means is that you use a cushion as a prop to experiment, your movement quality has to be hard, whatever that may mean to you and lastly, try to use your own voice/sound while moving.

Some other terms in the game:

Level - explore the vertical levels of space, low, medium or high.

Any colour - if you land on a colour, you have to move like how the colour makes you feel.

Any object - feel free to switch objects if you don’t have any of the ones you land on.

Pathway - your direction of movement.

Words in “quotations” - Please use these words as stimuli to move. Observe what these words mean to you, how and where do they resonate in your body.

The word “Denner” - if two people are playing this game, one person picks for the other. The person who is not moving is the denner.

Pause and Play - this is a way to move wherein you move for certain counts then you pause in the position in stillness for certain counts.


Is a stage the only place you imagine your choreography to be showcased? What about a garden, a library or even a staircase? Learn how to use any place you imagine as your stage.

Site Specific

Somatics is the study and understanding of one’s internal physical perception of self. It is commonly used in Dance Movement Therapy and to understand the body’s mental and physical connect fully. Proprioception is the awareness of the position or movement of one’s body. Both these topics help us understand the key instrument in choreography, i.e, the body on a deeper level.

Somatics and Proprioception

Any performer’s key strength is how they hold the audience’s attention. Learn how to improve your performance using simple tricks that aren’t necessarily difficult to do but are often missed out and are forgotten. In this video, you will also learn how to project energy in different ways.

Energy and Performance

Don’t know where to start choreographing? This is the video for you! Learn how to find inspiration via different methods such as the use of your senses or already existing art concepts.


As a choreographer, you have to think about several things. This video is a visual list of questions you must answer in order to ensure your choreography is well thought out and is not having any last minute hiccups.

Decision Making

Dance is therapy: learn how dance helps aid lifestyles for the elderly with Parkinson’s and how you too can understand and help your community via dance!

Community Dance