Like No One’s Looking: Forget Choreography

Dancing as if nobody’s watching symbolizes the ultimate form of self-expression. It’s a celebration of one’s individuality, body, and emotions and a significant departure from judgment or self-consciousness. It’s not about perfection but about authenticity. It’s not about precision but about liberation. And to truly dance freely, we need to step back from the structured world of choreography.

When we think of dance, many of us instinctively imagine specific moves, patterns, and sequences, all perfectly timed to the beat of the music. That’s choreography – the planned, structured side of dance. Choreography has its place, and it’s beautiful. It is the language of ballets, music videos, and synchronized dance performances. But choreography can often become a barrier when the goal is to dance freely and celebrate one’s uniqueness.

To dance as if nobody’s watching, you need to forget choreography. Let go of the need to perform specific steps or adhere to a predetermined rhythm. Instead, focus on moving your body in a way that feels natural and enjoyable to you. The point is not to execute a perfect pirouette or a flawless foxtrot but to move in a way that makes you feel good.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the most incredible ballet dancers ever, once said, “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” This is the heart of dancing as if nobody’s watching – striving not to outperform others or follow a set routine but to outshine your previous self, to express your emotions, and to enjoy the simple act of movement.

Take inspiration from young children. Notice how they move when they hear music. They don’t care about keeping time or sticking to a routine. They move as the music inspires them, as their emotions guide them. They wiggle, jump, spin, and laugh. They embody dancing freely, proof that you don’t need choreography to dance.

This isn’t to say that formal training or knowing dance moves is terrible. Dance education is valuable and teaches discipline, technique, and control. But when it comes to dancing freely, the only technique you need is the one that makes you feel alive.

So, give yourself the freedom to experiment, to explore different movements. You may find that you love the feeling of spinning in circles or swaying gently to the rhythm makes you feel at peace. There is no wrong way to move. Your dance is your own, and it should represent you, not a choreographed routine.

Have you ever danced freely without worrying about specific moves or choreography? How did it feel? And if you’ve never tried it, would you consider giving it a go? Let’s discuss this in the comments below. Your experience could offer inspiration and encouragement to others embarking on their journey of dancing freely. 

Are you ready to forget choreography and dance like nobody’s watching?