Copying comes with great benefits. Copying allows you to see what kind of moves you want to create. Learning through studying all the masters and other people's inspiring careers can be extremely beneficial. By copying, you are also studying. You are able to analyze other peoples pieces and see what you like, and soon learn how to apply some of those technical skills to your own dancing.

When you first begin dance, copying can be very beneficial.  At this early stage you don't have the tools available to successfully create anything. Copying permits you to concentrate on learning the basic techniques, and using your body without the distraction of having to invent anything. And the original reference gives you something you can compare your work to.

Copying permits you to concentrate on learning the basic techniques.

As a result, copying is most effective when you are analyzing and thinking how you can apply this to your own art, rather than just dancing for the sake of dancing. Stop and think what you like about the choreography piece and moves you are learning, and how you could use this in the future.