Today it’s my turn to give an opinion about how someone can get into watching dance.
I think it’s important to see a live performance if possible. Something about seeing dance in person is so much more powerful. I’ve gone to shows that have showcased dance styles I don’t even particularly like and enjoyed it because I could feel the energy radiating from the stage. It’s magic.
If that isn’t a possibility (I would say though for most people it is!), then video is the next best thing. It can help to select something you think you might enjoy. For example, if ballet bores you to tears, you probably aren’t going to go crazy with joy watching a video of Swan Lake. TenduTV has a channel on YouTube that offers a variety of videos you can choose from.
Learning a bit about dance can also be helpful. For example, you may enjoy the ballet Giselle more if you have an idea of the storyline before you go. Check out Henrik’s fun take on some of the main ballets on Tights and Tiaras–he tells the stories well! There are also some at BalletMet Columbus that offer great overviews.
Going with someone else can also be a great way to get into the performance. Much like seeing a movie and talking about it afterwards, there is a reward in sharing the experience.
What do you think? Add your answer to our latest question on Pas de Trois–we’d love to hear your voice!