I'ld like to give my two cents worth in. i've only been dancing for 2 years, so i don't know if what i'm saying is even acurate. i've been in only three performances, but from what i've learned and seen in other performances is that the dancer needs to have a love for dancing. i watched recently a performance done by the teachers and pro-dancers from the dance studio where i take lessons- St. louis Ballet company. The dancers there love to dance, and you see it in their eyes, faces and it came through their movements. My teacher was in one of the acts, and he is a real ham. he loves to be on stage, and the audience could see it. he was doing a latin flamingo dance, which started with him and his partner sitting on chairs between a guitar player. every now and then my teacher would look straight out into the audience, then back at the guitarit, as if he was inviting them into enjoying the guitarist. then as he was walking off the stage, he turned to the audience, and give them a flamingo flip of his hand and a big smile. everyone loved it. my friend kept asking me, is he like that outside the studio? i had to laugh. then during the bow, he was in front of the group, and he lead them forward, into a bow, then back, then again forward, bow, back. just as we thought they were going off stage, he did it again! the audience went nuts. everyone talked about the wonderful ham who lead the group. So i believe it just loving what you do. of see the audience as your friend, not just a paycheck. when i saw the joffrey ballet, they seemed so distant and mechanical. i felt like a paycheck, not their friend. Maybe i'm wrong, but when i see the audience as my friends i do much better, and i'm not as nervous - it seems easier for me to enjoy them as much as they are enjoying me. Does that sound silly?
Great Dancers are not great dancers because of their technique: they are great dancers because of their passion -- Martha Graham<P>