Maria Hennings Hunt
Choreography, particularly Line Dance, was a natural progression for me. After all, SOMEBODY has to write the dances we teach! However, I confess that my first steps into choreography, rather than being a creative need in me, were mainly borne out of desperation....I needed a dance to teach - and I couldn't find anything I liked from other choreographers, so I wrote my own! They seemed to go down well when I taught them to my classes, so I sent one of them off to LINEDANCER MAGAZINE. I admit to being surprised and flattered when it was published! That first dance was called TEXAS BLUE and spurred on by that, I wrote some more dances. So far, I've had seven of my dances published in Linedancer Magazine, which may not sound many - but I've only choreographed around 20 in total - so that's a 40% hit rate!!
Back in the good old days of linedancing, no dance was overly complicated - dances contained mainly stomps, heels, hooks and maybe the odd shuffle or two. How things have changed! Dances these days are much more sophisticated and dancers are far more demanding. There's also an awful lot of choice out there too, it seems everybody is choreographing dances, so to get noticed is much harder. I received lots of encouragement and feedback on my dances and I like to think that my dances are sympathetically choreographed to the music.
My most successful dance to date is PLACES.. which was choreographed in 2011 and it wasn't until recently (2014/5) that it became a worldwide hit. The bands in the UK have added the music to their sets and it fills the floor wherenever it is played. Before then, my most successful dance was WHEN I CRY, which got into the TOP TEN dance chart in the UK and was danced (and still is) all around the world. It's certainly a very weird feeling to see a dance you choreographed in your own home, being danced by complete strangers in another country via Youtube!
My dance school, Dance Generation, teaches a mix of dance styles: Jazz, Disco, Freestyle, Lyrical, Street dance, Modern Line & Zumba, so the opportunities for choreography are wide ranging and my current choreography includes all those styles completely different from Line dancing and they include body, hand and head movements as well as feet! .
These days I still write line dances, mainly for my own classes but I also post them on all the linedance sites on the internet (what a wonderful thing that is!) and if they are good enough, I hope that other teachers will pick up on them and spread the word!
My published line dances to date - all in Linedancer Magazine - are:
WHEN I CRY
DO THAT TO ME
WINNERS & LOSERS
DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART
CAUGHT IN THE MOONLIGHT (Sept 2014)
THE RODEO CLOWN (March 2015)
Other dances by me include:
THE BOY DOES NOTHING
A LITTLE MORE COUNTRY
COUNTRY GIRL SHAKE
DO YOU REMEMBER
MARRY FOR MONEY
Most of the dances are available to view on you tube via this link: