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How to Integrate Acting Skills Into Dance

For dancers, strengthening acting ability can enhance not only artistry and confidence but also storytelling onstage. After all, there is a lot of overlap between the two art forms. “Acting is mostly listening and being present,” says Isadora Wolfe, the associate artistic director of Sleep No More and a teacher of the Acting for Dancers class at The Juilliard School. “Dancers have those skills. That’s what we’re doing all the time: listening in a million different ways.”

The Art of Dancing Without Music

While dance is often considered inextricably linked to music, the absence of music can open a unique space for exploration. Three artists share their experiences and advice for dancing in works without music.

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How Working on Communication Skills Can Strengthen Your Partnering

Successful partnering requires trust, honesty, and connection. A productive partnership doesn’t usually come right away, but is instead developed through thoughtful and intentional work. Communication skills are essential. Whether you’re touching base after class or rehearsal, in the midst of a pas de deux on opening night, or anytime in between, there are many strategies to share your feelings and be heard.

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How to Draw Inspiration From Nondance Mediums

Dance often takes inspiration from music. But what happens when your creativity is stirred by an art form that is less straightforward to translate into dance? Or what if you’d like to create based on another form, but aren’t sure quite where to begin?

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4 Secrets to Creating the Illusion of Weightlessness

Whether it’s a split second of suspension at the top of a jump or an unexpectedly weightless transition, some dancers appear as though they’re dancing on air. Understanding the dynamics of buoyancy can unlock a world of artistic possibilities, transforming everyday steps into poetry.

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