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Art Of Dancing

“…dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth.”

- William W. Purkey

There was this amazing, yet so simple, rhythmic and spectacular dance sequence in the rain, in which Gene Kelly ("Singing in the rain, Title Song, 1952) was dancing accompanied simply by an umbrella and raindrops.”.

Tips

1. Warm up Exercises: Before the actual dance, it is highly important to warm up and stretch your muscles; otherwise, you may get your muscles strained unnecessarily.

2. Prepare in coordination with the Mind: Dancing involves the complete co-ordination of mind, body and the movements. Mental preparation is as much importance as the physical preparation and dance practices. The films and the net are full of dance videos. Watch them and observe the dancers’ movements. Read the techniques in the dance magazines and practice under a good dance master. Be mentally prepared to dance in front of a whole lot of people. Visualize yourself to be on top of the world as far as your dance appearance is concerned.

3. Practice styles: Sitting Asian style and lying straight on the floor shall help a dancer immensely; practice sitting cross legged on the floor would help a dancer to practice in the steady flow of her hand movements; lying down shall help in finding out the basic body alignment. Any shortage in the right body alignment can then be remedied through exercise, diet and the works!

4. Facial expression and the Eyes! :An amazing smile and dazzling eyes can compensate even for a couple of wrong steps. Hence, be smiling both with your eyes and lips.

5. Hair Style: Hair style should be done in such a way that your hair should not fall all over your face and obstruct your observation of your partner’s dance movements. It’s better to keep your hair tied upwards or into a ponytail, so that you can dance in complete co-ordination with your partner.

6. Wearing suitable dress: Wearing attire completely suitable for your type of dance is important to feel comfortable, relaxed and stretchable; this would help in the fluid body movements. Too tight costume or quite loose costume shall hinder while dancing and you will be limited in your style and circles. Hence wear the costume which would give you the comfort feeling both from inside your heart and from outside on your body.

7. Dancing is a learning process: It’s rather a never ending learning process. Though no one can master all the dancing movements, you can earn a good name for being an amazingly natural dancer. Never feel unnerved about the steps yet to be learned, but be happy about the level you had reached in your dancing style.

8. Communication with your dancing partner: It is advisable to have a mutual understanding and personal communication with your partner on the steps, the rhythm, on the circles and curves, spins, lifts, timings and momentum, so that the flow of dance would move through both of you to the dance floor, reach the ceiling, cut across the space, thereby reaching your audience smoothly.

9. It’s OK to make mistakes: While dancing, if you make a mistake like stepping on your partner’s shoes, simply move on with your next steps; if you are going to hesitate for making a mistake, it will be noticed more by people, than if you have continued dancing with confidence as though nothing has happened.

FAQs:

Q Alone, I can dance very well; however, I am terrified of an audience and am sure to make mistakes and become nervous in front of them. How to get into the confident frame of mind?

All the performers invariably feel the pressure of performing in the public. The secret of a good dancer lies in her self confidence, great posture, and understanding with her partner on the dance moves, a lot of practice coupled with a relaxed frame of mind.

Q I tend to forget my steps easily which I learn in my dance class. What do I do to remember them?

If you practice your steps once or twice after coming back home, it will register in your mind. And keep doing it regularly. Practice will give finesse to your movements and you won’t forget them very easily.

Smita's Advice

Dancing is an expression from the soul using the body as an instrument to reach across the tide of humanity. So go ahead and practice movements, practice self-confidence, practice relaxed mind frame and practice to match the movements with your partner.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”

- Martha Graham


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