How to dance like a majorette
Power, facials, energy – everything .You probably can name a few dancers who “go awff.” You’re blown away by them every time they perform.
Well, we’re here to tell you that YOU can train to dance bigger, stronger, and more full-out, too! Follow these 9 tips to take your energy from 0 to 100!
You don’t necessarily have to get HUGE in order to dance huge.
Size is not a determining factor in how powerfully you can execute. (I mean, have you seen Sorah dance?!)
What is necessary is strength.
Work out to give yourself more power and control when you dance. #Gainz, breh.
You don’t dance big by being big. You dance big by being strong.
So lift some weights, do some push-ups, hold some planks, and build your strength!
Stretch it out
You can dance bigger by filling out each movement completely.
This means using your body’s full range of motion.
Make this easier by stretching regularly.
It’s best to warm up your body with some cardio before you dance, then do a longer stretching routine afterwards.
Being more flexible will set start and end points of your movements further apart, making your movements larger.
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Practice like you’re performing
“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. That’s why we train so hard.”
– U.S. Navy
What the U.S. Navy is saying is – practice like you’re performing.
Once you get on stage (or even in groups) there is no magic dance God that takes over, making you kill the piece...
If you’ve been half-@$$ing it the whole time while learning.
So when you mark a piece, still maintain the execution that you want.
The only reason you’re not giving full power would be to pay more attention to something else, like watching the choreographer, listening to the music, or looking around to set formations.
But if you’re doing a run-through of the piece, take advantage of each chance you have to do it exactly how you want it to look.
Use your core!
It may surprise you, but movement starts from your core.
Even if it’s your arm or neck – it all comes from the tumtumz.
For example, when you're reaching with your arm, you can extend that reach by reaching from the shoulder.
And you can extend that reach by shifting your torso toward the direction of the reach.
So if you want to dance bigger and more powerfully without looking sloppy, tighten your core!
Not only will it make your movements bigger, but they will also be more strong because the base of your movement is so firmly rooted.
See Related Article: How To Execute Choreography Better By Using Your Body
Don’t flick da wrists
Even if you are dancing super big and strong, the effect can get lost by something really really small. .. like limp wrists.
This is a habit that a lot of dancers have. Their arms make clean pictures… then it breaks right at the wrists! Ughh.
To combat this, channel your energy allll way through your fingertips!
This will ensure that your strength is being distributed in your whole arm without interruption.
And this will make your movements look bigger and more complete.
Focus on focus
Your head and eyes are a part of the picture you’re making with your body, too! Really important parts!
Not only can it look awkward if you’re constantly looking down or at the mirror, but it will also cut off your projection.
And dancing BIG is all about projecting UP AND OUT.
Lift your chin up – especially if you’re performing for a bigger audience.
And if the movements in a piece call for you to look a certain direction, commit to it!
This doesn’t mean “look with your eyeballs.” It means “look with your whole face.”
It will make the move looks more natural, and it will help guide whoever’s watching.
The audience looks at what you look at.
If you’re reaching to the right and looking right at your arm, their focus will follow yours instead of watching you from straight ahead and noticing a single arm sticking out.
Wear loose-fitting clothes
Although it has been consistently over 80 degrees in Los Angeles, you’ll never see me dancing in a tank top.
I prefer to dance in loose-fitting long sleeves.
It’s not because I enjoy sweating, but because it really does help create the illusion of bigger movement.
Our fashion trends have evolved over the years. We went from Wal-Mart sweats and giant cut-out tees to compression pants, leggings, and sports bras.
And there’s nothing wrong with that!
But it still feels so good to just put on a huge sweater or baggy sweats and go HAM with all that extra fabric to add extra effect. HIP HOP.
Remember your dead limbs
When you’re dancing, your entire body is dancing. What does that mean?
Even if you’re isolating one body part and the rest of your body is stationary, that doesn’t mean you just forget about it your “unmoving” parts of your body.
For example, for a “right arm iso” move, I find myself putting all my strength into my right arm, while my left arm just flippity flops all over the darn place.
Dead and floppy limbs can distract people from what you actually want them to see.
Instead of paying attention to select body parts, create a whole picture with your whole body – including the “dead” parts of it!
This will make your movements look bigger and be more impactful!
Commit to your moves
Committing to your movements makes a huge difference in your performance. It makes everything more purposeful, effective, and entertaining.
But commitment is hard without confidence. Killin’ a piece first requires for you to believe that you can!
See Related Article: How To Dance With More Confidence
Put on your game face, crack your knuckles, give yourself a pep talk, and KILL IT!
We hope this helped you get an edge on your full-out training grind! We can’t wait to see you go awff in the next class.
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A majorette steps in uniform with a majorette corps, marching and making dance moves to the beat of the music of an accompanying band (fanfare) or drum corps, while she juggles a baton. The baton is a rod with a tip (small button), the ball (large button) and the shaft (the metal center section). The majorette can also use other attributes as pompoms, light batons, fire batons etc.
Majorettes do a combination of show dance, drill, ballet and twirling. Twirling is running with the baton.
The uniform usually consists of a dress or a combination of a top packet with mini skirt or petticoat, tights, boots and a hat. Some corps uniform consists of a track -like outfit and sneakers. This is especially so when twirl associations focusing on the boundary of ballet, gymnastics and show which predominantly occur in halls. The level of twirlers is generally much higher than the majorettes. Nowadays there are many majorette associations which both act on the street as show on the stage with own chosen music in high gymnasiums, where the most spectacular tricks are done. They can show routines in a variety of music, including popular dance numbers. Nowadays it is no longer mainly the march, the girls learn complicated dance steps from a variety of dance styles.
Majorettes perform at shows, demonstrations and parades. Some majorettes start very young. As a rule, they are not older than 25. But the real top twirlers often continue until their 30th.
In April 2006 the Netherlands won at the world championships in Eindhoven Baton Twirling and Majorette eight gold medals and finished behind the winning United States.
Some majorette corps got with their shows national or even international fame, as well as acting in television shows.
Special appearances of majorette are:
the cheerleader or cheer girl: girls who act to encourage the players of sports teams. They also entertain the audience. The custom originated in the United States, but entered also increasingly in other countries;
the Tanzmariechen: the majorette occurring in Germany at carnival sessions, and wears a uniform of the 18th century, in Limburg she is also called dance marieke.
the drum major, as leader of a marching band.
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groups of our kindergarten took part in a sports dance competition. I bring to your attention the dance of the majorettes.
We staged this dance ourselves, by joint efforts. The costumes were made especially for the performance. In the end, we took first place!
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Kids are just great, teachers are "five plus"!
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Oksana Gennadievna! Big to you
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Thank you, Irina Mikhailovna! Everyone tried: both children and teachers!
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Majorettes are... What is a majorette?
Majorettes - girls in military uniform participating in the parade. Most often they are dressed in short skirts, a dress with braids and boots. In their hands they hold drums or drumsticks. As a rule, they go to parades with a military brass band and set the pace. who are they? What does majorette mean? These girls will be discussed in the article.
- 1 What are majorettes?
- 2 The origin of the concept of "majorette"
- 3 Sport
- 4 Holiday
- 5 Performances of majorettes at the present time
- 6 New dance-choreographic style
- 7 Instead of a conclusion
In the 1930s, girls with drums for the first time began to proudly walk in front of a column of protesters through the streets and squares of the cities of the New and Old Worlds. After some time, a brass band joined them, flags, sticks, pompons appeared in their arsenal. Yes, almost 90 years ago, majorettes appeared in solemn military uniforms.
Currently, a new direction of choreography is being born, which is quite young in our country and has good foreign experience. Majorettes are the main characters of this direction.
Girls who worked with chopsticks were called "skewers" (from the English "to rotate"). They honed their technique, bringing it to perfection. They juggled with sticks, wands, danced and addressed the crowd in every possible way.
The juggling iron stick is called bread, there is also a bread flag.
The origin of the term "majorette"
The word "majorette" is translated from Italian as "a girl in the form of a military drummer".
In French, this term has almost the same meaning: these are girls, assistants of a tambourine to a major (chief drummer).
These two translations practically reflect the very first occupation of girls: accompanying brass bands to parades and solemn processions.
Kind of sport
Today, a modern sport has been formed, during which coordination, hands and hearing are trained. Girls are constantly training and training, twisting, throwing and grabbing an iron stick weighing about 1 kilogram, while doing all sorts of rearrangements. In fact, in sports they perform the same exercises as majorettes in parades and solemn processions.
This modern and trendy sport is home to numerous competitions. Sports sections and clubs have been created; during the holidays, master classes are often held to popularize the sport.
The word “majorettes” itself is festive, “major” means “a musical modality with a joyful coloring of sound” and is associated with “tambourine major” - in the French armies this was the name of the leaders of the drummers. "Tambour" is translated from French as "drum", "major" - "senior".
From this version of the origin of the meaning of the word "majorettes" it follows that they are assistants to the major tambourine. Initially, girls participated in military parades, usually walking in front of a military band and beating the beat on drums.
No one was recruited into the ranks of these girls, a huge role was played by the candidate's appearance, physical fitness and ear for music.
Current performances of majorettes
Today's shows can be conditionally divided into two types. There are so-called ceremonial majorettes, they participate in processions, parades, rallies. They walk the city streets with dignity, play drums or juggle loaves.
And the second type of girls is a sports type that demonstrates elements that are very complex from a technical point of view on stage, in the arena, in the gym. It was from such shows that a new sport was born.
Nowadays girls can have a variety of items in their arsenal. The judges of sports competitions evaluate the skill and technique of using these items.
Now the show of majorettes is not only a sport, but also an independent dance and choreographic genre with its own secrets and peculiarities.
New dance-choreographic style
Currently, girls use pompoms, banners and flags in the new dance style. Dancing sports.
Pompom dance. Such numbers are very diverse, pompoms serve to more fully reveal the image and create the effect of a spectacle and celebration. Pompom dances are often used during carnivals and other enchanting events.
Dances with banners. They are more athletic. Participants show their skills, physical form. In such dances there is often a plot, and banners help to reveal the image brighter. In recent times, such ceremonial dances are often used during processions, parades and celebratory gatherings.
Instead of imprisonment
Majorettes appeared around the world about 90 years ago, but now there is more interest in these girls in society. Not a single parade and solemn event can do without them. They arrange independent competitions in sports, very similar to their solemn performances in parades.
Being a majorette has always been very prestigious, as it was associated with beauty and style.