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post #1 of Old 08-18-2016, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Hi everyone!

My name's George, and I'm not a visual artist, I'm a dancer.
I came here to ask a few questions, maybe get to know some people.
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Welcome George!

You're of course more than welcome to ask around, but be sure to share some of the fun ins and outs of your brand of art as well! I myself am about as elegant as roadkill, so I don't know too much about dancing :')

Anyway; enjoy your stay!
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be sure to share some of the fun ins and outs of your brand of art as well! I myself am about as elegant as roadkill, so I don't know too much about dancing :')
what would you like to know exactly?
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Pffff good question. I know next to nothing about dance :')
What are the weirdest things you've encountered so far in your career as a dancer? Does it attract it's own unique type of wackjobs, like most artforms? (am game artist, can confirm that industry also has some real pieces of work)

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What are the weirdest things you've encountered so far in your career as a dancer? Does it attract it's own unique type of wackjobs, like most artforms? (am game artist, can confirm that industry also has some real pieces of work)
I haven't come across much wierd stuff myself, to be honest, though that may depend on what you'd consider wierd.
I suppose, I should start with the fact that there's professional dancing, and there's hobby dancing.
Hobby is when you take dance class to impress people at a club, to relax, or to just be in shape. It's not very demanding, you don't get to perform, you don't have to keep track of all the details when dancing, etc. Social dancing partly falls into this category, though that depends on where you live, I guess.
Professional dancing - which most people almost exclusively associate with ballet - is highly demanding, for either your time, strength, money, sometimes social life, or all this together. Here, you get to perform in front of people (mostly on stage, or in competitions), and you need to execute all figures (moves) properly, not to mention the psychological factors such as pressure and competitiveness.
As an art form, dance is quite underrated, partly because it's so easily available to just about anyone - just go to a club, and 'shake dat booty', and you're suddenly a dancer - partly because it doesn't yield products like paintings, statues, or music; and partly because it's also a sport, and many people can't tell which it is exactly.
Still, it's unfair, because the pressure can be extrememly high (watch the movie Black Swan, and you can get the idea of how messed up it can be to be a professional), you have to spend hours on end at the studio if you want to be any good (and even then, there' no guarantees), you have to keep track of what you eat and drink, and you have little-to-no social life (though these last two things depend on the type of dance you're practicing).
So yeah, hobby is fun and games whereas profession is pain and not always gain.
So if you wanna know about fruitcakes, there are no specific ones, other than the dancers themselves, because you'd have to be crazy to dedicate your life to such a demanding profession (that doesn't even always pay well anyway). Plus, being a guy, I don't get hit on, so a girl dancer would be of more help there.
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ello george
I can't even dance my self very well lol
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Welcome George. I danced as a child, tap, jazz and ballet. My favorite was tap. We used to go to Atlantic City, New Jersey every summer to perform in "Tony Grant's Stars of Tomorrow", you can check out their Facebook page. Have a lot of great memories, gave up dancing at the tender age of twelve for art instruction.

Funny you should say, "I'm not a visual artist, I'm a dancer" doesn't get much more visual than dance! So, now you need to get videos of yourself dancing (or stills) and load it up here.

How long have you been a dancer?

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Welcome George. I danced as a child, tap, jazz and ballet. My favorite was tap. We used to go to Atlantic City, New Jersey every summer to perform in "Tony Grant's Stars of Tomorrow", you can check out their Facebook page. Have a lot of great memories, gave up dancing at the tender age of twelve for art instruction.

Funny you should say, "I'm not a visual artist, I'm a dancer" doesn't get much more visual than dance! So, now you need to get videos of yourself dancing (or stills) and load it up here.

How long have you been a dancer?
why d'you quit? couldn't you do both? :-|
well, isn't dance a performance art, I mean, you perform... and isn't visual art about filming, painting, sculpting?
I don't have any videos or stills (and the ones I do are old and embarrasing )
I first signed up with a ballroom class when i was around 8 (I think), then somewhere after a year, they moved to a far side of the city, and my parents were too busy to always take me there, and wouldn't let me go by myself (you know how defensive parents can be). So I was signed up to another class. I was there for another year or so, but had trouble with my partner, whose mother wanted to see results (she didn't like that we took 5th place at the only contest we participated in at that point), so we took a private lesson, then my partner left outright. I was put to dance with another girl who couldn't dance at all, and I was too young to bother trying to uplift her, so I lost interest and left. Then, in 2012 I returned to ballroom and have been trying out different schools ever since (some are just money-grabs, some only have hobby class that doesn't teach squat, etc.). Not long ago, I took a ballet class, just to learn the basics of classic dance. The teacher praised me, though said that I came some 7 years too late. Still, I liked ballet, the experience was painful, but I felt so alive!
Right now, I have some issue with my knee, and I'm treating it, but I plan to return to class in September. Want to continue studying ballroom, but to also finally learn folk and social dances, and maybe the westcoast swing or the capoeira. Yeah, maybe I won't get to perform, but at least I can learn to teach others
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The folks couldn't afford both, so I chose art.

It is great that you are pursuing your interest! I wish you much success!

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so I chose art.
I wish you much success!
My argument exactly.
But thanks anyway.

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