What does acting have to do with dance?
"What is true about one art form is true to another" - Sanford Meisner
This understanding really leveled me up. If I grow practicing one art form, my lessons and experiences will transfer to the other forms I practice.
My teacher Shabba-Doo taught me the use of Meisner's acting techniques in dance, and the results changed the way I dance forever.
This article - part 1 - contains a brief history of modern acting, and a survey of the Meisner technique.
The ways it can be used to improve dance will start to be apparent here, but part 2 will go into detail and explain how I implement them in solo dance, partner dance, and "Dance is a language" workshops. I will also include a special exercise video.