In this post, I did a “storytime” about speech class and why I hate it. A couple people wanted me to post the speech I talked about, so here it is. It is an informative speech on lyrical dance. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. Feedback is very helpful! Also, if anybody has any ideas for a problem/solution speech… I have one coming up soon. Sorry for not posting in a while I was on spring break and have had a ton of work in the past weeks since we got back to school. Enjoy the speech!
There are many styles of dance. Each one is different in its own way. Lyrical dance is a style created through a fusion of ballet, jazz, and contemporary styles. It also has some influence from hip hop and modern styles. Lyrical is a very emotional and passionate style, which can be hard to dance or choreograph to. The name comes from the word lyrical, which means having a poetic and expressive quality. Most people assume that the name has something to do with the lyrics of the song used, but that is a false assumption. The lyrics of the song you use do play a part in the choreography, but that isn’t the reason for the name. The style originated in the 1970’s, but it was practically unheard of until about 2000. It wasn’t offered in dance studios until 2003. Some studios still don’t offer it. I have been dancing since I was three years old, and lyrical is a style I started working with only four years ago. Lyrical dance is said to have originated in Russia, but that has never been confirmed and there is no other information on the origin of the style. Most lyrical songs are slow and melodic, but they can be upbeat. The dances will usually be about a specific topic. The topic is usually an emotional topic and there are lots to choose from. A common topic for dances is love, or loss of love, but it can be anything from joy to depression, friendship, jealousy, fear… whatever topic you want your dance to portray. Something I like to do when I’m choreographing is to pick two or three emotions and choreograph my dance to be a transition between those emotions. For example, I’ll use happiness, sadness, and friendship. The dance would start out sad, but something that a friend does would make it happy again. Or it could go the other way. The dance would be happy, but you could lose a friend or be hurt by a friend and it would turn sad. Having a part in the dance where the emotion changes, or a turning point, is becoming very popular in choreography for all styles. It is more common to see a happy turning point, but not unusual to see a sad one. When dancing, dancers often use a lot of space because of all the turning and leaping that is incorporated into the choreography. Lyrical choreography is usually very complicated and involves a lot of practice. It is difficult to portray the emotion in a way that the audience can relate to. A way that I do this is to come up with a scene in my mind that involves the emotion. When I’m dancing, I think about that scene. Teachers and coaches will tell you to feel the emotion instead of show the emotion, and picturing it like that helps a lot. The audience will connect more with the dance if they see that you are passionate and they can feel the emotion coming from you. Despite the complicated choreography, it is a very graceful style. Lyrical is a style that can be played around with a lot because it doesn’t have restrictions on the moves you can use such as in ballet. Since it is influenced by so many styles, it can use moves from all those styles. For instance, there could be ballet moves and hip hop moves in the same dance, even though ballet and hip hop are opposite styles. Lyrical dance is a very emotional and graceful style. It is my favorite style to choreograph with and I hope you enjoy it too!
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