Let's be real. Doing formations/transitions for a team can be messy, frustrating, and time consuming. Here are a few tips that may help along the way:
When you are mapping out formations use GRAPHING paper. Yes the kind that many of us used back in math class.
It makes for clean straight lines and it makes it easier to see what the formations are supposed to look like.
I have seen coaches use huge pieces of graphing paper and quarters that are labeled with each dancers initials. They move the quarters around when mapping out formations and take pictures of each formation.
You can also get a large variety of highlighters and give each dancer on the team a color or map out groups of dancers by skills and assign them a color. At the choreography session, have each dancer wear the color you have them highlighted as on your formation/choreography sheets. This will really give you a great visual.
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