Jess Cranney

It can be difficult to memorize all the choreography that comes along with dance. Not only that, but also finding the time in your schedule to lock in those steps with music, timing, and style takes a lot of dedicated effort. A great way to keep the choreography alive in your mind is to practice it throughout the day, even when you’re not at the studio. This might seem impossible, but you have more time to squeeze in those run-throughs than you think.

Hit Repeat!

By listening to your music often, you can start memorizing the beat. You can also find the details within the songs that you need to change your levels, turn faster, and overall build your musicality. Listen to your music in the shower or while you’re doing homework or working out! Make it the soundtrack to your day until you know it by heart! Even listening to your music without doing the moves will make your choreography easier to memorize overall. Dance starts with the music and the beat!

Dance Out Your Homework Breaks

Everyone needs a break from their homework once in a while. Next time you take a break, try something different than just watching TikTok. Go over a section of your dance—counts, turn sequences, expressions—during your brain break. Just use this time to get up, get your brain focused on something else for a minute, and run it a couple of times. This is one of the easiest ways to incorporate memorizing choreography into your day! 

Run It with a Friend

Grab a friend! Whether they’re your dance BFF or just whoever you’re hanging out with in the moment, having an audience can make learning choreography more fun. Have them learn it with you, help you remember counts, or (if they are a dancer) can give you tips. Everything is more fun if you’re not alone. You can do this over FaceTime, too! 

Write It Out

If you are someone who learns better by writing things down or seeing things, grab a journal or notebook and write down the steps with the counts. For example, if you have a turn sequence on the count of six, write it down step by step. This will give you another way to visualize and memorize your routine. This can also give you a new way to approach the choreography if you’re feeling stuck.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.