Capstone BlogS:

Blog #1: Mindbody    

Mind body is something that is incredibly important, especially while choreographing. Having to choreograph something that stems from a more conceptual standpoint, I feel that it is crucial to first do research and have a clear mental picture of what your concept is. After having done research, it is much easier to be able to use that knowledge to create original movement that is based these thoughts and ideas. I know that I have been working on writing out a synopsis of my storyline, which helps me visualize the goals and message that I want to send to the audience. Since having written and clarified my story line, I have begun to pay more attention to the couples that I know in my own life, as well as in any film or TV. I pay attention to how they move, their eye contact, and their inner monologues. From this information I then begin to move in the studio, and use inspiration from both my research and storyline to complete my choreography. 

 Blog #2: Discourse

Being familiar with vocabulary, terminology, and discourse of dance forms is extremely important, especially as a choreographer. Working with students or other dancers who are under the choreographer's care, the choreographer has to be knowledgable and ready to explain movements in different ways to their dancers. Knowing terminology might allow the choreographer to more easily convey and get their message across to the dancer in order to get the most precise form of movement that they were looking for originally. In addition to that, knowing the terminology and discourse of the dance form might also affect the way the dance is choreographed. While it is fun and creative to move in a way that is new, it can also be a waiting injury for someone else if the movement is explained in a vague way. Knowing dance terms and styles allows for not only safety, but clarity while teaching. Finally, it is a great way to relate to dancers while teaching new steps. While a dancer might not be well versed in hip hop, relating these quick and sharp movements to a ballet dancer as "petite allegro, but for the whole body" might ignite the quality in movement and headspace in which a dancer will be able to better understand. 

Blog #3: Strength, Coordination, Flexibility, Musicality, and Expression

Developing strength, coordination, flexibility, musicality, and expression in dance are five of the most valuable assets when it comes to choreography, not only for the choreography given, but for the choreographer themselves. It is important to know that these credentials not only apply to the ability to perform movement, but they are mindful considerations that the choreographer must take into consideration as they work with their cast through their piece. Strength, coordination, and flexibility are three values that speak to the open mindedness of the choreographer. They must have the strength to perform the movement they want to obtain, and be able to coordinate a dialogue between themselves and the dancer in order to come out with the final product they intended. However, keeping an open mind and being flexible to the creative thoughts and ideas surrounding them allows the choreographer to create something organic, fresh, and new. Something that has never been created before, and could only have been created within that room, with those people. Musicality and expression in dance are also two very important assets to the choreographer. The music, acting, and movement must melt together in order to create a coherent experience for the audience to interpret and analyze. 

Blog #4: Socio-political-historical aspects

The socio-political-historical aspects of dance forms are very important, especially when choreographing. As a dancer and choreographer, there is a lot of responsibility which goes along with sharing a message through movement. This is something that I was able to see even through Rider Dances. Sharing a message to a compassionate audience (the social aspect), one that was politically charged (political), and one that is back by historical facts and science is possible, and very commonly done. It is important to consider these three aspects while choreographing, because it will allow the choreography to tell a more well rounded story, one where it will be much more engaging and accurate, because it will be backed by research, rather than just stemming from the imagination. Even taking inspiration from one of these aspects can lead a dance from being good to great!

Choreogaphy and Coachings:

“Time and Place” - The Final Chapter (Senior Capstone 2019)

Choreography: Olivia Tobolewski

Dancers: Vic Robles and Alexa Goldblum (ft. Olivia Tobolewski)

An aspiring actress, performer, and teacher, Olivia is based out of New Jersey and the New York area. Having worked for the past 5 years at prestigious New Jersey performing arts conservatories and studios, she is very exciting to be returning to her home town to begin teaching students again! She will be joining Theatrical Artist’s Prep in Scotch Plains, NJ for her second summer as an Acting Coach for their Musical Theatre Intensive Program. Olivia is also available for private coachings of songs and monologues for auditions (school, college, professional). Questions? Please visit the contact page here!

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