by Valerie Angell
If you come to know me, or already do, you’ll find that I am a bit injury prone. I figured instead of talking about my choreography itself or my process, I’d share some advice on how to not end up like me while choreographing... in your living room.
1. My knee bruise: This is the fairly typical dance bruise where somehow I did a turn or roll and put too much pressure on my knee. It ended up red and a little tender. Nothing too major, but definitely had a moment as soon as I did it where I thought, “Well, that will leave a mark!” Bruise size is about a quarter.
Lesson learned: Kneepads make floor work less painful!
2. My shin bruise: This is one of those things where I’m sure I was told NOT to do this as a child. I was twirling around in a circle trying to come up with a transition from one section of my dance to the next when all of a sudden I twirled into my coffee table. Bruise size is a 3 inch long strip.
Lesson learned: Mother knows best!
3. My foot bruise: There are times when I just get lost in the music. I get so into moving around and creating a section of the dance. In this case I got so into the dance that I forgot I was only a few feet away from the wall… and hitchkicked it… hard. Luckily the wall is really sturdy and could take the beating. My foot however, not so much. Bruise size is about a 2 inch round circle.
Lesson learned: When dancing in a small studio condo, you are always only a few feet from a wall!
So my best advice for anyone is this: Don’t be like me - don't injure yourself all the time!
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