Dancing and Singing At The Same Time

We like to get together with local groups and recreate plays along with other things through out the year.  We usually take volunteers and local talent to save on cost and usually only charge 5 dollars for people to come see our productions.  This has not only been fun for the community, it has also inspired many people to dance and sing.  This article was made to address some of the issues we have seen with choreography and singing.

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Dancing While Trying to Sing

One of the hardest things and I still struggle with it today is dancing while trying to sing.  If I focus on one more than the other, I will end up taking smaller steps or lose my place.  So I went online and found Dance Spirit which specializes in helping others to become a better performer.  This is what Amy Smith had to say:

How can I sing when I’m so focused on the choreography?
Doing so can feel like you’re trying to rub your belly and pat your head at the same time. One of the key elements is matching the singing to the movement, says Diane Lala, resident musical-theater choreographer at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). “When my students learn the choreography, I tell them to say the lyrics while they move,” Lala says. “That way they can see how the two pieces fit together.” Choreographers often use movements to accent certain lyrics or musical phrases. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need help making connections to the vocals.

Sometimes, even just moving around as you sing can be helpful. Broadway performer Sarrah Strimel used this tactic when learning musical numbers in Christopher Wheeldon’s dance-heavy An American in Paris. “Our musical director had us walk around the room while practicing our parts,” she says. This is also a good challenge if you have trouble singing when you’re dancing next to someone in a different vocal part.

I have to think about singing so much, I can’t remember the choreography.
The more complicated a vocal harmony is, the more concentration it requires. Tap into your strength as a dancer and get the choreography into your muscle memory—then add the singing. Don’t get discouraged. “Learning to sing and dance together is building a skill, just like working on your turnout,” Strimel says. “It’s a muscle that you have to train.”

For that reason, don’t hold back. Strimel’s motto is to sing loud and proud so the vocal coach can correct her if she needs help. “I tell myself to ‘Sing out, Louise!’ ” she says, referencing the famous line from Gypsy. “If you’re wrong, you’re not going to be fired. In rehearsal, it’s always better to be strong and wrong than timid and right.”  Read the rest here.

This is a great resource for multi tasking.  The more coordination you get the better you will be at all of this.  The other key thing is to work on your singing voice.  This will be the area of focus for our next section.

Learning How To Develop Your Singing Voice

This was something that was overlooked my many people getting started in our groups.  It is much harder to sing while moving around on stage than to just stand still.  So, we followed up with another online resource to discuss how our artists can get a few good posture tips in.  This is what Kevin McClintock explained on his website:

Learn how to Sing: Body Basics

Your voice is part of your body that is whole also it’s influenced by the motion of surrounding muscles. You should ensure that your position is correct and that the supporting muscles, including shoulders and neck, are warm and relaxed. If not, you could strain your voice, and risk harm.
How to Maintain Your Bearing

Learn to Sing With Good Singing Posture How you stand is something that needs to be considered. We propose:
Stand upright – envision a cord pulling you upward in the top of your head.
Place your feet shoulder- width.  Your head must be erect, looking directly ahead.
Keep your shoulders down and your abdomen relaxed.  Make an effort to relax – anxiety will keep you from creating a sound that is good.

Breathing exercises will permit you to better control the pitch and duration of your singing. It’s no surprise: singers who get better mileage out of their voice will breathe deeply.

Practice opening your throat more Relax and open out the jaw like a fish might out of the water. Begin bending your facial muscles a bit in between. Start by inhaling a couple deep breaths. Envision the air is very heavy as you breathe it in.
Allow the breath fall into your diaphragm, below your belly button. Exhale and repeat many times.

Get a light pillow- feather and practice keeping it in the air, sort of like you’re juggling a feather with your air stream. Slowly blow the feather really high up, and try keeping it there.  Read full article on http://www.snagmusic.com.

After you learn how to have good posture and breathe, it is time to move onto singing.  Remember to take it slow and master the basics first.  For good beginner singing lessons we recommend going to other articles on the site.  It is a good free resource that you can use.

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