10 Ways to communicate through dancing

Updated: Mar 11


Ballroom Dance couple

In our daily lives, communication is essential along whether it is the ability to talk, read, or write. Communication is equivalent to expression, but is less emotional and focuses more on technique.

“Dance is meditation in movement, a walking into silence where every movement becomes prayer. –Bernhard Wosien”

Expression through dance is used to refer to the way we demonstrate and convey our emotions to our audience. It is about retaining musicality and embracing the movements, then combining them to express to create a specific mood. An expression is all about delivering a message, to create a piece so intense, that the audience will understand what you are performing.

Here are some aspects of Ballroom Dance that will make us learn how can we communicate through dance. Here we talk about the 10 ways to communicate through dancing -


Verbal

“Communication is like a dance”

For learning to dance, being able to express your needs to your partner is important. You need to tell your partner if their weight is pushing you off balance while you're dancing together or if you need them to use the other foot. It's a skill to express yourself verbally that will never go out of style.

Nonverbal

“Non-verbal communication through dance”

Your non-verbal communicating skills and the form of expressions are only supported by various art forms, dance being one of them. For example, if you take Rumba the style is soft and romantic, on the other hand, there is Tango which is masculine and fast in style. Each dance has a personality that takes a little acting and will also develop the ability to express certain emotions.

Physical

Dance is a medium of communication and when we do our steps properly our movements will clarify what we want to communicate. It implies that the most important aspect of a dance piece is language, as it sets the mood and draws the audience in

Professional leading Amateur

Ballroom dancing often includes a lead dancer, where the role of the pro is to lead and the amateur follows the pathway. Hence all the healthy dance partnerships include some level of leading and following.

Body posture

Good posture looks fantastic on everyone; it's not going out of style! Ballroom dancing teaches good posture because good balance is important, and it also happens to make you look taller, more confident, and more appealing.

Facial expression

To be an expressive dancer, you don't have to be the most technically experienced and professional dancer. Expression comes from inside and is expressed in your emotion. Your dance can become expressive as long as you emphasize your gestures and display emotion.

Dance movements

The connection through dance means the one you created with your audience and the one you have with your movements. This includes maintaining and embellishing your energy levels. Also, de-emphasizing certain movements according to the demands of the choreography.

Rhythmic movements

There are many levels of communication through dancing and maintaining the rhythm is one among them. It is not just that you learn how to dance but you must know where to put your feet according to the rhythm. This way will help you to communicate effectively.

Listening

For proper communication through dance, you must hear the instructions of the trainer as well as listen to the needs of your partner. You must practice skills of active listening that will help in improving mutual understanding.


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