Self-critical appreciation: themes

Self-critical appreciation: themes


  • Conceptualization is crucial. Gauge the potential of the chosen theme in terms of movement possibilities and audience impact.
  • Development of theme should be progressive. Ensure that the theme evolves and maintains interest throughout the dance.


  • Constantly adapt and improve. Be proactive in implementing the changes necessary to enhance the performance.
  • Interpretation of theme should be clear. Make sure the movements effectively communicate the theme to the audience.


  • Self-assessment is key. Regular reflection aids in understanding strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Use feedback from others. Valuable insights can come from choreographers, peers, and audience members alike.


  • Stage sets and props relevant to the theme can add depth. However, they should be used judiciously and not distract from the dance.
  • Costumes should complement the dance and the theme. They can enhance the visual effect and deepen the audience’s understanding of the theme.

Technical Consideration

  • Lighting can aid immensely in setting the mood, highlighting important moments or movements, and guiding the audience’s focus.
  • Music choice and use are crucial. The wrong music can distract from the theme, while the right music can enhance the interpretation and performance.

Audience Impact

  • Communication with the audience goes beyond the dance moves. Gestures, expressions, and even eye contact play a part.
  • Audience response can be an excellent gauge. Reactions, applause, and infrequent whispers indicate engagement and understanding. Review and address areas that didn’t resonate with the audience.

Remember, dance appreciation is not just about the dance, but about the idea, execution, presentation, and impact. Practice and perseverance can help one master this art.