I was having a delicious conversation with a dancer yesterday about performance personality, magnetism and how vital it is on stage. By the way, if you've been in bellydance for any length of time, you've noticed that this is a recurring topic…and we love it!
We touched on how important it is that the dancer be communicative in his/her way, no matter what style or what message the performer must connect with their audience. But it's not just about having something to say. You must say it in a way that it is understood, in a way that it registers with the spectator. You must attract and engage the audience member enough so that they remain receptive to your message. That's magnetism baby.
Think about some of your most beloved performers. It's never just about technique. You were pulled toward them. They spoke to you. Their personality came through.
Which leads me to ask this question. And it's not a rhetorical question, I really want to know what you think.
Does your personality inform your dance? Or does your dance inform your personality?
Please tell me what you think in the blog post comments. I would love to hear where you're at on this.