Tip for Today: Chunking Choreography

| August 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

Have a difficult section of choreography to teach and a lot of beginner performers?  Teach 8-counts at a time to the entire group, making sure your veterans understand.  Then divide the group into squads and allow the veterans to work in small groups with the rookies.  Monitor progress and move on when they’re ready, 8-counts at a time.  Rookies will feel less overwhelmed and Vets will develop teaching and leadership skills!

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  1. Jennifer says:

    I do this with my guard of 26. I can also use this tool to start to see who the natural born leaders and teachers are so I have a selection for officers the next year. You can also use this to “groom” current officers into how you want them to teach and clean.

  2. Allison says:

    I have recently returned to my alma mater to teach colorguard. This group has had teacher after teacher leave them for one reason or another, so their system that has been limping along for several years. There is little to no comradery between them and hostility is high. There are only 11 of them so I assigned the rookies “Big Sisters”, the veterans. This way, they make a connection with someone on the guard that they didn’t know and can now turn to if they need any help or advice. It also teaches the veterans good leadership skills, for when they want to be captains. The girls have improved in their work and are getting along a lot better.

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