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Three Common Mistakes Dancers Make When Acting

In the arts, there is a certain amount of overlapping: actors who dance, musicians who act, actors who play music and so forth. Today, we will be discussing dancers who act. While becoming a good actor requires much intensive study, it is one of the easier art forms to simply attempt. Ballet dancing or playing an instrument are (for the most part) not possible without training, but anyone can act, even if they are not very good at it. However, a dancer who is not an experienced actor may be prone to certain pitfalls of which they may not even be aware. It’s important for all aspiring actors to know about the possible mistakes they can make. Here are some issues a dancer might have when acting:

Not Looking Toward the Audience In acting you have to memorize lines. Why do you need to memorize your lines rather than read them off of a script? Largely because it makes it easier to make eye contact and because it makes it easier for the audience to see your entire face. While it is true that in dancing you also may have to memorize moves, it’s much easier to perform as a dancer without looking at the audience. The audience will also probably pay a bit less attention to your face when you are dancing. However, when acting it is imperative for a dancer to make sure they are looking toward the audience, or toward the other actors they are speaking with. This will prevent them from being seen as overly shy and aid in connecting with the audience.


Interrupting Let’s face it, dancers have quick reflexes. Normally, this is a good thing, except it is not so good when you are at risk for interrupting your colleagues onstage. This can happen if you are too quick to respond to a given line, which can cause needless confusion and clutter in an otherwise clean performance. Remember to watch when you are speaking and be sure to listen to those around you. In any art form, being aware of what your colleagues are doing is of paramount importance, so you can work with them rather than against them.

Watch Your Hands Many dancers will forget that what they are doing with their hands is going to be different when acting than it will be while dancing. When acting, you should become the character in which you are playing, and that means abandoning what you would normally do. Imagine if the actors in Romeo & Juliet had been making dancer poses throughout the performance. Not such an enjoyable image, is it? It detracts from the story and contradicts everything else around it. Not exactly what you want to go for in a theatre production. While it is certainly true that being skilled in one art form can help you succeed in another, it is also important not to mix the two in improper ways. Keep this in mind whenever trying out new skills. Logan Sekulow is a successful producer and director known for relaunching Laugh-O-Gram studios.

Three Common Mistakes Dancers Make When Acting  

In the arts, there is a certain amount of overlapping: actors who dance, musicians who act, actors who play music and so forth. Today, we wi...

Three Common Mistakes Dancers Make When Acting  

In the arts, there is a certain amount of overlapping: actors who dance, musicians who act, actors who play music and so forth. Today, we wi...

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