I stumbled across this dope dance video of several groups of dancers doing basically the same choreography created by Lia Kim. All the dancers are awesome, but what really struck me was how different each of the versions was from each other, even though they were doing essentially the same set of movements.
Small changes — formations, how the dancers interacted with each other, little freestyle movements — made each version of the choreo fresh and interesting to me. In the "original" version at the beginning, you can see that Lia is hitting harder little beats in the song, showing her popping background. Other versions have more flow or dynamism or grace.
I would have to say my favorite has to be the group at the 2:35 mark. The waacking solo at the beginning sets the tone, and they all mesh so well and bring their own character to the dance. So interesting!
It's a reminder to me that you can take any dance and make it your own by letting your own character, energy and emotion shine through. And that's what makes your dancing stand out.
BTW, the song is "La La Latch" performed by choral group Pentatonix. I'm kind of digging how they themselves make pop songs their own.