Solo: Physical/Technical Skills

Solo: Physical/Technical Skills

Balance and Stability

  • Execution of a Solo dance piece demands high levels of balance and stability.
  • The successful creation of various forms in space depends on the dancer’s understanding and application of centre of gravity.
  • Sudden shifts in your weight during the performance need to be controlled, and dynamic balance is crucial in order to perform turns and leaps confidently.
  • Mastery of both static and dynamic stability is essential to express the solo choreography expressively.

Strength and Endurance

  • Performing a Solo piece requires significant muscle strength especially in the core, arms, and legs.
  • Endurance is key as the performer must demonstrate the ability to sustain high energy levels for the entire performance
  • Cardiovascular endurance allows a dancer to sustain longer periods of activity without fatigue.
  • Strength, particularly core strength, provides the power and control needed for turns, lifts, and jumps.

Kinesthetic Sensitivity

  • As you perform alone in a Solo, your kinesthetic sensitivity - ability to feel or sense your own body’s position and movement - should be highly developed.
  • This sensitivity helps in space utilization, body alignment and fluidity of motion.
  • It assists with understanding how much force to use for specific movements and allows dancers to achieve greater control and precision.
  • Kinesthetic sensitivity supports the performer in managing changes in speed, weight and flow of the movements.

Spatial Awareness

  • In a Solo performance, the entire space is yours to exploit. Therefore, strong spatial awareness - understanding of where your body is in space - is imperative.
  • The ability to move in different directions and levels adds a dynamic quality to the dance.
  • A sense of space and orientation aids in forming intricate pathways and patterns.
  • Body alignment allows for a variety of shapes and movements to be performed without losing balance.

Rhythm and Musicality

  • Solo dances often require the performer to dance in harmony with the music, meaning a solid understanding of rhythm is paramount.
  • The performer needs to display a strong musicality, showing they can interpret the piece’s rhythm and mood through movement.
  • Fluctuations in the dance’s rhythm might demand both slow, sustained movements and quick, sharp actions, therefore adaptability is key.
  • Timing and synchronization with the music are integral to delivering a captivating Solo performance.


  • For complex movements and shapes, a dancer needs excellent flexibility.
  • Greater flexibility permits a broader range of movement and enhances the aesthetics of the dance.
  • Both dynamic and static flexibility should be demonstrated in the performance.
  • Flexibility aids in creating fluidity of movement and can reduce the risk of injury in a demanding Solo performance.