Damien Lavergne

What takes a group performance to the next level for you?  

Commitment of each of the team members to the choreography. The group reaches the next level when it moves as one entity and each member is part of a unified body that tells the story, conveys a feeling or creates a clear message.  Technique is very clean and the attention to detail in the number shows how well rehearsed the group number is. 

What makes a performance stand out for you?  

Originality and uniqueness, but not just being different for difference sake.  It can be a different way of presenting something that has always been done before too. Once you have seen an interesting piece, it often stands out because it created an impression that you might not have seen coming or predicted.

What qualities do you specifically look for in performances?

Quality of movement is important to me.  Strong, clean technique is important, but it isn’t everything.  Great performances take care of the ins and outs of steps, they create fluidity in that getting to your next part of the choreography is as important as the result.

What tips would you give to first time contestants?  

Have no fear, you have nothing to lose!

What are you looking for in duo/trio/group routines?  

Chemistry.  While it is important that dancers connect with the audience, they also need to to connect with each other.  This is especially true with duos and trios for instance.  You don’t want to necessarily see two or thee identical solos on stage, but rather connected dancers working toward a very specific common objective. 

What should every dancer be thinking or remember every time they’re performing?  

Have fun!

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