Have you been watching all of the dance shows on television?
If you are a dancer, it’s important to take full advantage of these programs. In addition to watching and enjoying the dance performances, you can also use these shows as an opportunity to improve your own skills.
How? Ask a few, simple questions like these:
Which dancers stand out and why?
Your attention will be drawn to certain dancers. When this happens, think about it. Why are you looking at that particular dancer more? What is that person doing that makes him or her stand out? It could be their looks, confidence level, style, technique, etc.
Take notes about what you like and dislike about the dancers you see. You may be able to capture some of these “stand out” qualities for your future, dance performances.
What dance moves stand out and why?
Many times, we really get emotionally-involved in one performance while another one is absolutely boring. Why is this?
The next time you watch a dance performance on television, figure out why one performance is more exciting than another.
Are the dancers really good?
Are they doing specific dance moves that the studio audience loves?
Is the music exciting?
Write down what you think makes an interesting performance and review your notes the next time you are working on some choreography.
Why does one dance partnership work but another doesn’t?
When you look at couples dancing on television, what works and what doesn’t?
Usually, it has to do with chemistry. If the dancers are too focused on their steps and not relating to one another, you get a “blah” routine. However, you can have dancers who are not very good, but they are having such a good time dancing together that the audience enjoys the performance.
What do you think makes a dance couple work well together?
Dancers, Watch and Learn.
All of the new dance shows on television offer some free education for all-levels of dancers. Instead of just sitting back and enjoying these programs, take notes. Write down why some dancers stand out more than others, why some of the performances are more exciting than others and what works and what doesn’t in a dance partnership.
Then, review your notes before you attend a dance class, rehearsal or audition. You may just discover a few, good ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd and improve your dancing overall.