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« Reply #60 on: June 27, 2009, 10:34:08 PM »

I'm not at the higher levels and my lessons are very stop and start, but I do find myself smiling a lot while I'm dancing.  I don't know if its because I like my instructor or I'm having fun or I am feeling improvement or what, but smiles seem to come more spontaneously these days.
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« Reply #61 on: June 27, 2009, 11:06:12 PM »

I'm not at the higher levels and my lessons are very stop and start, but I do find myself smiling a lot while I'm dancing.  I don't know if its because I like my instructor or I'm having fun or I am feeling improvement or what, but smiles seem to come more spontaneously these days.

It doesn't matter why you smile; the important thing is that you are enjoying yourself.  Wink Cheesy You are feeling good, so you smile. Keep enjoying it and you will smile all the way to wherever it is you want to go.
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« Reply #62 on: June 29, 2009, 06:28:55 AM »

great advice.... if only we could retain more of the simplicity and wonder of life from childhood how much happier, content and creative we would all be...

of course that sounds a bit pollyannaish - the realities of life to take their toll - but to be a full person is to keep a place within that is all child...
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« Reply #63 on: July 16, 2009, 05:10:09 AM »

Having watched myself dance with a partner on video.. I find there are parts of me that lack expression;

my partner on the other hand who has done ballet in the past has a whole range of movements; through head, neck arms and torso that are expressive; she is OTT.

Therfore it is both what you feel inside and what you reveal.  If you are a perfomer with an audience; its no good twitching your lip to show sadness; the movement has to be big; thats why theatrical makeup is bolder than what ladies wera in everyday life.

I am a master of hiding my feelings being an introvert; but the feelings are there; which is not a problem when in this particular dance the theme is ennui distance in a relationship; but its revealing other stuff.

So is I suggest you watch some ballet or contemporary dance on youtube and ask yourself what a movement might be conveying.
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« Reply #64 on: July 16, 2009, 05:55:03 AM »

perhaps you could find some examples? Smiley
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« Reply #65 on: July 16, 2009, 03:14:40 PM »

perhaps you could find some examples? Smiley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ0L24YbGGI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfx-jE36Wjc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irJXE-lgXNc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRT6CAwHBZw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I03q4hBdYYk
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« Reply #66 on: July 16, 2009, 06:58:27 PM »

you are the best (utuber) of all BTM... thanks Smiley
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« Reply #67 on: July 17, 2009, 09:14:54 AM »

you are the best (utuber) of all BTM... thanks Smiley

maybe there's an opening there;

the BTM Guide to utube

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« Reply #68 on: July 17, 2009, 03:03:49 PM »

make a video and post it. er, on... utube!
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« Reply #69 on: July 28, 2009, 11:10:53 AM »

not foregettng Martha Graham who took ballet and got down and dirty with it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Graham
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« Reply #70 on: July 28, 2009, 06:51:43 PM »

...the original 'tuber' Grin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgf3xgbKYko
jump to 1.40 if you don't want to hear the pioneer of modern dance....
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« Reply #71 on: July 28, 2009, 11:14:42 PM »

Who in your opinion has the BEST expression in dance?

1 for latin/rhythm
1 for standard/smooth

Nikolai makes the best facial expressions in Latin for me, they crack me up sometimes.
Garry Gehkman love his for standard

um .... for latin woman .... Daniella ( the one that won Nationals)
uh ... standard ... dunno? I have to think on this one.
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« Reply #72 on: June 04, 2013, 10:04:53 AM »

Am I misreading?  I think that  what I am hearing is that expression, as defined in this thread, doesn't have a lot to do with facial expression, although facial expression is a natural outcome of how you feel while you're dancing and, as such, shouldn't be forced.

Expression is all the things you do with your body in between steps to express the character of that particular dance -- e.g. not waltz in general, but this specific waltz, to this music, with this partner at this time.
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« Reply #73 on: June 04, 2013, 11:50:57 PM »

expression comes from the emotion of the dance. If you are thinking about steps you cannot emote the dance. I have to be careful that I don't get engrossed int he dance and forget to smile.
 It comes from within and it you have to make it a natural part of your dancing.
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« Reply #74 on: June 05, 2013, 05:33:52 AM »

a lot of competition dancers would sympathise with these ideas - but argue that expression is learned the same as the steps are.

Their reasoning (which I suspect we all do to some extent) is that you can not rely on feeling great everytime you are on the comp floor so even when your toe is killing you or you forgot to put an earring on you will still look as if you are into and enjoying the dance.

Its an argument - and I bet that every top dancer has a set of expression behaviouirs that they exhibit as needed.
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