By Karen MacIver
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3. Pay attention to how the music makes you feel.!
Musicians have their instruments; for dancers, their body is their instrument. The next time you’re in class, pay attention to how your body responds to the music. Sure, the structure of class dictates that you practice specific steps and combinations. However, emotional reactions to the music can clue you in to what kind of instruments, rhythms, and tones speak to you the most. Do you well up during adagio? Does the sound of violin make you cringe? Do you come alive with fast footwork? Our bodies are not merely machines for executing technique, but conduits for musical expression. Acknowledging the role music plays in your dancing will make you a better artist, helping you to be less self-conscious and a more seasoned performer. !
The marriage of classical music and ballet technique has produced some of the world’s finest performing artists. Whether you’re a professional dancer, or total novice, finding ways to connect to the music will give you greater insight into your craft. !