All In the Face30, January 2014 Print
Tips for your facial expression to shine in your performance.
As Rockettes, we know that even though it takes hours and hours of rehearsal to perfect your routine, just one unpleasant facial expression during a show can ruin the performance. Sometimes when a choreographer calls out, “Big smiles!;” “No, bigger!;” “Bigger!," forced smiles from a tired dancer can be very distracting from your movement. That's why we take our smiles seriously. Check out our tips for when your face muscles are fatigued from holding that larger than life smile.
1 Relax your jaw and your tongue inside your mouth.
2 Lift your eyebrows a little—like you would when you’re having an interesting conversation with someone.
3 Take in your surroundings with your eyes. Bonus! This will help with things like balance and spotting, too.
4 Breathe in through your nose, and let your breath escape through your mouth, which will be slightly open due to your relaxed jaw.
5 If you’re having fun (and we hope you are! You're dancing!), let the shine in your eyes lift the corners of your mouth and smile.
Some dance instructors like to choreograph facial expressions like winks or a surprised look into your dance number. If that’s their preference, go for it. It may feel a little over-the-top but trust your choreographer. When used sparingly and in appropriate places, it can really make a dance sparkle.
No matter what, when the emotion comes from inside you, your outward expression will be a natural one. Get your whole face involved, not just your mouth. Let it match the energy of the music and the movement. Allow your enthusiasm for dance shine through, not only in your movement, but in your face, too!