Why Do You Dance?


Why do you dance? This question was asked by my contemporary teacher in class the other day that really made the whole class stop and think. It really inspired me and moved me in a way that I almost couldn’t quite understand… These were her words, “Guys, dance is about communicating with your body. When you have a conversation with someone to try to get them to think or feel a certain way, you use persuasive argument and language. When you are dancing, you need to use persuasive movement and body language. You need to try to use your body to tell a story and tell the audience what you are feeling and what you are dancing about. Don’t just dance for an audience, but perform for them and have emotion! When you guys dance like you are just taking class and are just going through the movements, it makes me so mad. Why do you dance? What is your purpose for coming to class everyday?” I really stopped and thought about this, and ever since then I felt like my dancing performance has improved. 🙂 I hope that you take this to consideration and really think… While taking your classes, are you really truly dancing like you would in front of an audience on stage? Are you REALLY reaching your full potential everyday? This is just something for all dancers to think about when taking classes, and it is an important thing that really stands out in auditions and to teachers in class. It is not just being good at the movements that makes a good dancer, but it is also the passion and performance that he or she has while doing them…


Author: Maysa Rose

Professional trainee ballet dancer who loves poetry, photography, traveling, two parrots (Kiwi and Olive), blogging, and living life to the fullest. www.maysarose.wordpress.com ~Maysa