Dancers are often required to perform to live music, however, dance teachers find their students often feel inhibited to express themselves, worried that their peers will be watching or judging their dancing. All too often, dance students rely too much on set routines, becoming skilled at learning choreography at the expense of gaining skills in freestyle movement and self-expression.
So how can dance teachers help students feel more comfortable dancing to live music? Yasmina Ramzy of Yasmina Ramzy Arts (formerly Arabesque Academy) brings in a Laugh Therapy Improv teacher!
Brian G. Smith of Annex Improv has been teaching Ramzy’s Pro Course dance students every year since 2011. The two week course prepares Raqs Sharqi bellydance artists from all over the world to improvise performances to live Arab musicians.
The students always love Brian and have a great time while he helps them to conquer inhibitions.
— Yasmina Ramzy, Yasmina Ramzy Arts
As a former Second City instructor, Brian helps students express themselves through theatre games and laughter in a no-pressure environment. He runs weekly Improv classes in the Annex in Toronto that is open to all, and popular with dancers.
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