Shiny Happy People -
By Sara Shrapnell.
It's the easiest thing to say and yet the hardest thing to do. Please smile when
you are dancing. Remember this is a Haflah and the whole idea is FUN -
*Pro dancers and Teachers, who will appreciate your hard work and want to see you enjoy yourself.
*Students and other dancers who will know how difficult it is to get up there and will admire you for doing so.
*Students who have never performed who think you are brave as anything to be up there dancing.
*The general public, and dance supporters who have no idea what you are doing, but have come to see the fun.
All of these people will enjoy your dance more if you smile!
Practice smiling whenever you dance, even when just at home on your own. Learn what
your natural smile looks like so you don't have a "forced" look on your face -
It's the first thing we learn and yet so often it disappears as soon as we step on to the dance floor.
*Keep your posture perfect as much of the time as you can. If you spend all day everyday with good, strong posture it will soon become second nature (not to mention get you noticed, make you feel good, help your clothes hang nicely and make you walk like a goddess). If you find good posture a struggle, please keep it up for the whole time you are in costume.
*Many a good performance has been let down by the way the dancer slouches onto
the stage or strides off. Personally I am prone to the "scuttle", once the music
is over -
A Haflah is the perfect chance for you to practice your interaction skills and really take your performance to your audience. When you are up on a stage its hard to get a reaction, but a Haflah setting gives you eye contact, the chance to exchange smiles and get the whole room involved.
*Don't be afraid to leave the dance area in move into the room (although don't stay out of sight for too long…). Some dancers can pick on one person, while others like to dance to each table in turn. You can use simple gestures to get them to stand up to dance with you, clap along or just wink and make them smile.
* Pick out your friends and classmates and get them to encourage you, or flirt with the children (not the teenagers, they will "just die").
There are so many things that can be said about costume but many of them are not
worth worrying about for a Haflah (remember -
* The first is to make sure your costume covers everything that it should -
*Check your costume can do your choreography -
*Pants are a hot topic in dance circles -
*Finally make sure your costume fits. Many off the peg Bedlah are designed to
fit all with some minor adjustments. Don't think you can just put it on and dance
in it. Belts need to sit on the hips and tilt in towards the waist which needs some
careful adjustments, pinning and sewing -
5. Be Prepared
Of course you need to know your choreography, but it's also worth thinking through some other ideas.
*It's a good skill to be able to free dance with confidence. It's not unknown for the wrong music to come on and then you are stuck with two choices, stomp off or keep dancing. If you can adlib with confidence and in character then you can keep the flow of the evening going and let someone else sort out the problem.
*Be ready to join in with whatever comes your way -
*If there are live musicians you need to take advantage of the opportunity and
be prepared to get up and dance -
The recipe for a fantastic Haflah performance? -