Turn that frown upside down, Sunshine!

It would appear that a common misconception in the Tribal world is that you’re not allowed to smile when you dance…although, trailblazing goddess that she is, Rachel Brice shows time and again that laughing in the midst of a performance is completely okay and, in my opinion, awesome!  Of course, if you’re performing a serious piece, as Kat and I frequently do, it might be a little off to grin like a fool when you’re supposed to be a drowned Indian bride…but then again, that might freak people out, which is always fun!  😉

…I digress…again…

So often I will find myself as an audience member and a dancer will come out in a great costume, cool music and well-executed movements…except for one thing:  never once do they give any indication in their faces that they are actually enjoying themselves.  A fact which baffles me, because belly dance is the greatest thing ever!  An unemotional face can RUIN an entire piece…

You gotta love what you’re doing out there.  If you don’t, everyone can see it plainly  written on your mug.  😦

So, remember…it’s okay to laugh and smile during your performance (if the theme caters to it, that is–if it doesn’t, still express the emotions of the music and the piece…not looking sad when you should can be a bad thing, too!).  The audience will be more engaged with you if the love and passion you feel for your craft is shining out from your eyes as you power through that spectacular choreography…

Show me dem sweeeet emoshunz 😉



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