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    There is this very annoying thing I do while performing and I want to get rid of it. I tend to look down a lot, I think that is due to my bad eyesight and being scared of tripping because of that. But it looks really bad! I do made eye contact with people in the audience, but just looking down too much and I think this makes me look shy. I have had this issue for years and don't seem to be able to get rid of it.

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    Could you play on it bit and aim for coquettish rather than shy?

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    I spend a fair amount of time saying, "Look up, not down" in class. Please feel free to insert my voice into your head so that you hear me say, "Look up, not down" as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    I spend a fair amount of time saying, "Look up, not down" in class. Please feel free to insert my voice into your head so that you hear me say, "Look up, not down" as needed.

    Can I have a licensed copy of that too please?

    I'm a terrible floor-looker. I think my last solo was better because I was playing let's pretend I'm a belly dance diva, which was actually a lot more fun than staring at the floor a few feet in front of me and thinking "must look up more". But no way can I do the full on channelling bit in class, so I'm trying to nag myself out of it. It's just another bad habit to work on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amulya View Post
    There is this very annoying thing I do while performing and I want to get rid of it. I tend to look down a lot, I think that is due to my bad eyesight and being scared of tripping because of that. But it looks really bad! I do made eye contact with people in the audience, but just looking down too much and I think this makes me look shy. I have had this issue for years and don't seem to be able to get rid of it.

    Any tips?
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    Try keeping your chin up....point your chin at the audience... not the floor.. Jim

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    Good idea Darshiva! I am looking forward to dancing together

    One thing in my performance 2 days ago went annoyingly wrong: normally I have this (very cliche) act where I shimmy endlessly and pretend to not be able to stop it etc. kind of act. People always love it, but this crowd didn't get it! I tried twice, but failed haha, it looks so stupid because I start with looking down at my hips and looking surpriced at the audience. Ah well, not all audiences are the same of course. This was a good crowd anyway and the fact that there were people I know everywhere in between was fun so I could concentrate a bit on them and doing a bit of dance for each of them. Fun!

    But that eyesight of mine needs to be repaired asap!!! My specialist ordered special contact lenses for me so my vision can be FULLY repaired, yay, BUT I have been waiting for months because somehing went wrong with the supplyer *sigh*.
    I hope they come in soon. If my eyes don't tollerate the lenses I need a cornea transplant (yes it is that bad), which will help a lot, but is a bit scary.

    In the meantime there is always raks asaya for blind little ol' me :P

    There are two more gigs coming up, so I have a deadline to fix the stupid looking down thing. Deadlines are good for me!

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    First things first - sort out your eyesight!

    I suppose the only tip I have is to always practice whilst looking forwards, even if you're just doing a little move whilst you wait for the kettle to boil!

    Other than that, I try to think of my eyes as another 'limb' to be used for emphasis. For example, follow the line of your arms as you bring them above your head. Just dont do it too much or people will think you're having a seizure.

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    Have you been dancing a lot on raised stages or floor level stages as opposed to amfi theatres? If yes, you may not have had the opportunity to practice looking up as much as you could have done and this may affect your appearance on stage.

    Even if you are an experienced dancer as you are, you need to practice where you want to look and how to make eye contact with your audience during your performances. Even more than you've done this far.

    Raise your chin and eyes as if your audience (and you want to look and bond with your audience when you dance, right?) is sitting at the upper half of the amfi theatre. If this means staring up at the horizon above your audience for most of the performance, so be it..

    Hope your (medical) eye problems will be solved very soon.
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    Daimona, I have mostly danced on stage with the audience below or at same level. Never gave that a thought, but that could be another reason.

    I'm going to practise like crazy. It really bugs me! Got yet another gig booked, so there is more pressure to get this right asap

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