Stage, Lights and Let the Show Begin!

The curtains open, and you walk out, bright spot lights are on you, and they change in color as you move. You are dressed to kill, the music starts. You immerse yourself in the beat, spin, hop and shake around the floor. When you are the dancer onstage, it feels amazing, you are lost in all that is: The story, the choreography, the music, and the connection with your partner and the audience.

Perhaps it’s the ease with which you move, or the emotions you portray that captivate the audience that is now cheering. I will tell you one thing, the performance as easy and amazing as it looks. I can hear you screaming “no frikking way”, but hold on, I said performing on stage is enthralling and indulgent. However, getting there takes skill, passion, blood, sweat and tears. The all-consuming love of getting lost in the performance is what drives most the dancers to be committed to the trade.

A dancer is an artist, who masters the movements of his body to the music, the same way a painter perfects their brush stroke on a canvas. Your body is the instrument, and the music is the canvas you paint a beautiful picture on. Your instrument needs to be fit, good looking and perfected in the art of movement. You need to learn to interpret the music, coordinate with a partner or a group, and your expressions are the icing on the cake. This mastery is what take time and effort.

If you are an aspiring young dancer it is always good to keep the end result, the thrill of performance in mind. This will be the motivator that keeps you on track when things are difficult, or aren’t progressing the way you expected. However, the end result requires you to immerse yourself in dance; it helps if you could do the same when you learn and practice too. If you are able to do so, mundane things like mastering your basic technique, spins or chassés won’t wear you out.

Good technique is what makes movement in dance effortless and smooth. However, the word “technique” is misinterpreted by many, giving it a negative connotation that alludes with being artificial and a hindrance to free movement. The exact opposite is true; good technique helps you maintain a natural and open poise. Problem is that we have our own idiosyncratic ways of being, and of moving. When we have a closed, loose or a rigid posture it is difficult to create a beautiful motion; much like an artist requires a blank canvas to create a masterpiece on, the choreographer needs a neutral posture.

dreamstime_34611Remember practice makes perfect. But practicing the incorrect doesn’t help. A mirror can be a dancer’s best friend when it comes to perfecting your actions. The teacher can explain what you need to do, however, only you can directly link the feeling with the necessary visual effect required. It is also good to keep in mind that if a movement feels natural, you probably are doing it right. If it feels contrived, there is room to improve.

I will wrap up for now, but I will touch this topic again, for the sake of those who seriously love dancing, and want to spread joy through their performances. Remember, whenever you are on the floor, be it a class, party, or on stage, loose yourself in the moment and give it a hundred percent; sooner, rather than later, you will be a great dancer!

This is an article writtenby DanceRevolt’s Nipuna for the SundayObserver Youth Magazine. The published article can be found here. 

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