- Category: All about Turkey
- Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:19
- Written by Tania
7 Tips for a problem-free dance performance (for Oriental Dancers/Belly Dancers).
In a live performance anything can go wrong, and indeed something has gone wrong at one point of any dancer’s career.
If you are still not so experienced, or if you are an amateur, then you may find useful the tips that I am about to share with you. I have been performing on stage for about 18 years, 15 of which have been with Oriental Dance. I have slipped and fell once on a super waxed floor, the back straps of my costum have burst at least twice, I have dropped a zil inside a costumer’s drink, etc etc. The secret is to be as prepared as possible, check and prevent anything from going wrong, but ultimately once you are out there, just embrace whatever comes, and get ready to flow with any mishappens.
Tip number 1:
Make sure you try a new costume at home/rehearsal! Trying a costume in a shop is one thing, dancing with it is another. It may happen that you were planing on doing some splits or a really wide arabesque pose, and your costume just doesn’t let you!
Tip number 2:
Make sure you know how the skirt slits open up in the turns! Wear flesh coloured dance underwear and pin the underwear to the top of the slit area, so that in turns the skirt doesnt open too much!
Tip number 3:
Make sure you check regularly how the hooks of your top are doing. Re-stich them before they are on the brink of coming off.
Tip number 4:
Make sure to try out the floor before the show on a new gig area. If there is no time for rehearsal, just walk and turn a couple of times. Do it barefoot or with the shoes you wil be dancing with.
Tip number 5:
If you wear padding on your top, make sure it is properly stitched and secured. A student of mine once stuck 2 pairs of socks in her top, and then we all watched the socks flying on stage!
Tip number 6:
If you are dancing with a live band and you dont know them very well, just make sure you creat a good bond with them previously. If they like you and respect you, they will do their best to make you look good. Remember to keep some eye contact to let them know if everything is going well, and to make sure you all get the end of the song properly.
Tip number 7:
For restaurant performances with a 'not so friendly audience': remember that laughter is a language understood by all, regardless of race and knowledge of dance. Make sure you make them laugh first, make them your friends, and then go for the hard technique when you have their attention. After wooing them, have fun again, and you can be sure by the end everyone will be happy with your performance!
Hope this was useful!