Dance as Expression
|Dance to Convey Messages||- Dancing requires many physical skills, but, just as importantly, it also calls on our mental and emotional states to convey messages.|
- In dance whether in a full-length classical ballet such as The Nutcracker or Giselle, or a peppy tap number, internal feelings are an integral part of any performance.
- In Romeo and Juliet, when Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead, his thoughts of suicide are clear.
- How do actors express seemingly intangible emotions on stage?
- Actors express emotions through movement; the highs, the lows, the hanging head, the slow gait, the arms thrown up in the air and, of course, the music.
- Dance requires expression of feelings of anger, sadness, joy, or happiness.
- The tempo of the music, the number of people turning in succession, costumes, and smiles, can all express happiness.
- Conversely, all of these elements (except smiles) can convey sadness.
|Dancing Is Acting||- Dancing is also acting and, as such, it often requires a full spectrum of emotion.|
- Dancers express feelings and moods as a result of emotion coming from the material.
- Dancers do not just arbitrarily "put on" feelings, rather they form from the inside and transform to the outside.
- One often may not realize that, though a dancer is far away on stage, spectators throughout the theatre can see his expression.
- When a dancer looks out into the audience, perhaps he ponders the arrival of a loved one.
- Perhaps as a dancer waits for the arrival of his lover, he laughs as the thinks of a funny moment that they shared together earlier.
- Dancing, like acting, transports us to another place; one where we can completely submerge ourselves in the expressions of the dancer and perhaps ourselves.
- Dancing conveys a message and the dancer's talent often determines the degree of success in conveying that message.