New Routines: 5 Factors To Consider

Creating a dance routine that is fun and visually appealing can be difficult to accomplish. From music, choreography and teaching the routine, we have the tips you need to make your sideline performance a success.

Selecting the music and theme

Figuring out the music and theme for your routine is crucial if you want your performance to be memorable and well-received. The music you choose will determine your team’s overall look, energy and performance. One way to narrow down your music choice is to include artists or songs that are popular with your student body. A well-known artist or song can liven up the crowd and grasp their attention faster than outdated music. Although you want to make an impression on the students, make sure the songs you choose are still appropriate as parents and young children will be at the game too.


Transforming your favorite choreography into a sideline routine can be tricky if you don’t cover all your bases. To successfully recreate elements from another routine, you’ll need to keep three things in mind:

  • Transitions
  • Spacing
  • Strengths

Transitions can make or break your performance. Having too many can be hard on the dancers to remember and execute, however, not enough can result in your promising performance falling flat before it even begins. To determine if you have the right amount ask yourself “Do the transitions in the choreography make sense?” and “Do they take more than 8-counts to execute the formations?” Transitions that don’t make sense to you will not make sense to your audience so take them out. Also, if your transitions take more than 8-counts to move from one formation to the next then you didn’t need it in the first place.

Spacing out your routine as you teach the choreography will alleviate errors as your team learns it. Knowing exactly when and where each dancer should be will not only reduce unnecessary time, but it will allow you to clean up their techniques instead of rushing to do so a few days before the performance. Waiting days before the performance to configure the spacing can cause your dancers to collide and be out of sync with the music. Avoid this dilemma by spacing out your team from their first attempt at the choreography, this will keep your team confident and your choreography flawless.

Do you have dancers that are exceptional at jumps, splits or other techniques? Use their strengths to your advantage and implement them into the choreography. Try to highlight the skills of 2-3 of your dancers in each new routine and alternate who gets the spotlight so it’s fair.

Confidence and delivery

Being confident and prepared as your present the choreography will impact your team’s attitude toward the routine, practice the choreography repeatedly before you share it with them. First impressions mean everything, seeing the routine with little to no errors will get your dancers excited to learn the material right away. If there are aspects of the choreography that are harder for you to remember, keep notes nearby to reference while you teach.

As you begin to create your choreography remember to select songs your student body loves, balance your transitions, space out the routine early, utilize your dancers’ strengths and have a confident attitude while you debut and teach the choreography.

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