The 4 Most Common Acting Mistakes Dancers Make
When conveying a story onstage, portraying a character convincingly is just as important as nailing the steps. But that's often easier said than done. We talked to Anita Paciotti, ballet master at San Francisco Ballet, about the biggest acting mistakes she sees dancers making:
1. Being shy about eye contact.
These National Ballet of Canada dancers have no problem with eye contact. PC Cylla von Tiedemann
"You have to connect with peoples' eyes to be able to react in real time onstage."
2. "Talking" on top of others.
In big scenes, the audience needs to know where to look. PC Erik Tomasson
Dancers often react too fast, says Paciotti. "Give your dancing some breathing room. If you're in a scene with another dancer, know where the focus is supposed to be at all times. It takes the audience a long time to move from one character to another."
3. Ignoring your hands.
Yuan Yuan Tan acts through her hands in Giselle. PC Erik Tomasson
"Give yourself a stock list of things to do with your hands, especially if you tend to always hold them in ballet positions. Gesture is completely different from port de bras."
4. Not dressing the part.
SFB dancers wear long skirts in rehearsal with Liam Scarlett. PC Erik Tomasson
"Wear the appropriate thing to rehearsal, whether that's a practice tutu or a long skirt. It determines the way you walk. And the way you walk determines everything else."
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Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.
For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?
Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.