DR Weekly | W. 2 Behind the Scenes: Creating a Dance Concept | by faculty Melissa Sue Anderson
Last week, I fulfilled a dream that I always assumed would stay just a dream: choreographing and organizing my first dance concept video.
We’ve all seen interesting and creative dance videos floating around on YouTube, and I’m proud that I found the guts to embrace this creative venue to express my art!
My concept for the video touches on what its like to experience the constraints and expectations of us in the dance industry, and the freedom that comes when you break free into your own individuality. In Dance Rogue terms, I wanted to visualize what it feels like to Free Your Dance!
To accomplish this, I used specific shot locations and the prop of colored powder paint to help create the visual story that was floating around in my head. My dancers (who consisted of myself, Joelle Martinec, Chelsea Michener, Diana Mathews, Amber Dupuy, and Kendra Hoskin) were complete professionals – learning all the choreography in a single 2 hour rehearsal. They also had a chance to use their improv skills, as I wanted the audience to see the personality of each individual dancer. I was lucky enough to have 2 extremely talented directors, Gabe Evans and Ryan Parma who were really in charge of making everything come together.
Walking into rehearsal for concept video I was filled with a spectrum of emotions ranging from total excitement to crazy nerves!
I’ve been a teacher/choreographer for years now, but if you would have ever told me some of my favorite dancers in the industry would be performing my work, I’d think you were nuts. In fact when Charles Lawrence, my boss at Dance Rogue, suggested I create a concept video I thought it was probably just a passing idea. But he was persistent with his encouragement for me to just go for it!
The video is due to come out this week, and I’m excited to see what this will turn into. Putting yourself out there in the creative world is tough, but you’ll never succeed if you never try.
Overall, it was an amazing day, and an experience I won’t soon forget! Dancers were gorgeous, filming in Downtown Los Angeles was interesting to say the least, and I mean throwing powdered paint around is basically one of the funnest activities ever! I can’t wait for the video to début and to share it with everyone in the dance community, and my brain is already spinning in circles preparing for my next idea to film. Turns out, once you get a feel for putting your creativity and artistry into the world its addicting and you just can’t get enough!”
WATCH: “Fineshrine” original concept and choreography by Melissa Sue Anderson:
About Melissa Sue
Melissa Sue is an emerging choreographer in the Los Angeles area who has been a member of the Dance Rogue faculty since we founded in 2011, and has worked her way to become Dance Rogue’s Protege Development Director. When she isn’t teaching at a Dance Rogue Intensive or mentoring Pupils and Proteges, Melissa Sue spends her time as a competition adjudicator, teaching in a studio, and finding peace through practicing yoga. Melissa Sue feels excited for the 2013 Dance Rogue tour, and hopes to continue spreading the message to “Free Your Dance” in the upcoming season.
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