This blog is the first step of a new project of mine. Learning people how to dance by referencing 2D/3D animation techniques from the animation book : The animators survival guide
Before I started working professionally as a technical artist, I used to teach breakdance and other urban related dance styles. Now that I have worked 2 years in the industry and not having taught dance all that time, I am missing the feeling of sharing my knowledge. And when I say dance, I mean learning how to dance, not a dance. More specific, I want to teach what makes movement interesting, and how to develop your own freestyle skills so you can express your own creative mind.
Computer science has made a big impact on me. One of the disciplines of game development that I love is animation. Out of personal interest and part of my education in Belgium, I learned the basic knowledge of animation techniques. (You can see some results of that experience on my Portfolio ) All this knowledge has made a positive influence on my style and perception of dancing. By using animation, I am looking through a different perspective at dancing, allowing to iterate on my foundation skills and becoming more confident about my dancing.
I have a huge to-do list, so I am trying to combine multiple goals to be more efficient. This is also very challenging and hopefully creates a lot of motivation and adrenaline.
- Spend more time on dancing and sitting less time in front of my screen(s)
- Upgrading my animation skills
- Upgrading my teaching skills
I am not going into more details with this blog post on animation techniques that I want to address in the workshop, as I still have a lot of research to do. But you will be able to follow my progress on this blog if you are interested.
Already a couple of notes on the project that should inspire me during the project :
- Iteration is key because this will be a practical workshop on site, the participants will have to do many exercises so they make the necessary mistakes and learn the techniques through personal experience.
- The exercises will be developed with design constraints in mind. (if you do not remember what these are, check my gdc presentation )
- Focus on inspiration, not rules
- This workshop is for both people who want to learn how to dance and animators
- I am not reinventing the wheel, but reusing knowledge that already exists
What can you get out of the workshop ? :
- How to make your freestyle dancing more appealing to the public
- Become more confident in your dance/expression skills
- Have fun ...
A small note on the freestyling part for those who do not know what I mean with this. Freestyling means dancing on the moment itself by making use of the current music and vibe. Utilizing the accents and rhythm from the music in a creative matter to express yourself. What it not is, is learning how to memorize a certain dance and do it all together on the same time ...
I am looking forward to any kind of ideas, feedback or responses :)
Robb / Nysuatro