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I would back off for this one. To be honest, 1st grade is one of those times that she can flail around on stage and everyone (even the older kids) will think that it's adorable.
There's nothing that depresses me more than to go to a KIDS' talent show and see a bunch of performances that were obviously suggested/choreographed/put together by the parents. It's the ones that genuinely were put together by the kids that shine--and no, they're not always the "best" or the ones that make the most sense. It's a talent show, not a talent contest.
You may want to help her observe basic guidelines (2-3 minutes), walk her through the steps (Pick Music, Make Up Dance, Make up/put together your costume, HAVE FUN!). But otherwise--make this her thing. If you get your fingers in there too much, you are going to mess up HER creation.
Why is it so important that she does something up to your standards of "doing it well?" It's not. What's important is that she have fun, that SHE is the creator, that she is the instigator, that she is in charge. If she wants to dance, let the girl dance. She might actually surprise you with what she comes up with.