As of right now, the dress I have is my last dress. But I’ve said that about my past two dresses so we’ll see!
i’ve been saying that about my last two dresses too and i’ve got a new one in the works haha
If someone comes up to me and asks when I’m selling my dress I will sell it to you on the spot I’m not joking
It’s partially technique, but if we’re talking really high level (ie world recaller to champion) steps, I would say a lot is down to choreography as well. There comes a point where everyone is technically perfect, and it comes down to minor degrees of technical perfection, style, and choreography based on a judge’s preference.
The biggest blanket statement I can make is that top level steps are just more complex. There will be unusual combinations of movements or rhythms linked to create even more complex sequences. The steps will showcase and maximize that dancer’s personal style and strengths.
There came a time when I realized that I had “maxed out” my school’s champ steps and I felt that I needed more. Fortunately I was in a position to collaborate with my teacher and create steps for myself and I went to top 15, top 10 at majors right away. I just needed something that was a bit harder, and much more ‘me.’
I love hearing these stories of putting your own ideas into your choreography BECAUSE I’m going to be seeing my TC in the next few weeks and I’m trying to build up the courage to ask her if I can tweak my steps so they suit me more.
That last paragraph is on point. I started choreographing my own steps with my teacher the year I started doing well (you can see what I mean from my last post) I think the difference is that there’s a little piece of the dancer in the choreography but at the same time even if a champ doesn’t have their own choreography, they MAKE it theirs by putting in their personality to make it their own
Someone should tell my TC this please 🙏
If i don’t like something in my steps I’ll usually bring it up with my TC with an idea of what I’d like to change it to and most of the time we come up with something better