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Dance Props to use or not to use …that is the question.

Updated: Jan 9, 2021

Let’s talk PROPS!

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Props may be controversial to some dancers & choreographers when it comes to creating and performing, but to me I think it depends on a few things:

  1. Type of dance

  2. Maturity of dancers

  3. Effectiveness of prop

  4. Execution of prop in the piece

  5. Purpose of prop in the piece

Props aren’t necessary, but they can definitely add pizzazz to a piece. But remember it doesn’t matter how spectacular your prop is, if the quality of your dancing and the execution of the prop is not up to par, it won’t matter. Your dancing should speak volumes with or without props.

Before you have a performance with a prop you have to make sure of a few things:

  1. You have to practice with your prop at least 20 times to make sure you’re comfortable and to make sure the prop actually works in the piece.

  2. Think about logistics in transporting the piece and the space you have designated to dance. If you are using a giant hot air balloon as a prop but you’re dancing under a bridge... that may not work! Planning ahead is so important!

  3. If you are video recording a piece- plan angles and shots ahead of time. You want to highlight the prop to give purpose and relevance in the piece.

*Props should enhance your piece, not take away from it!* I can't tell you how many times I've seen someone mess up on their dance because they couldn't get it together with their prop. I can't tell you how many times I've seen someone bring an elaborate prop on stage and perform a piece that became overshadowed because of said prop. Props aren't a big deal until they hinder the dance performance.

Most pieces I choreograph do not include props with my students only because I want to focus more on their technique BUT I definitely have been throwing a prop in there once in a while to switch things up.

Props or not, make sure you're having fun and staying challenged in your dance experience!

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