This is just a quick concept that I want to share.
I am sure that you are familiar with imaging, where you imagine something is being done to your body or that something has happened to your body so that it moves the way you would like it too. The best example of this I can recall is imagining that someone has a rope connected to your hips and they pull on it to bring your hips out when you’re doing Samba Bota Fogos.
However, sometimes it’s not a specific body movement that you’re trying to achieve. Instead, you want to achieve an overall feel, look or vibe in the way you move. It would be near impossible to imagine all the many various things that someone would need to be pulling on you to bring about this effect.
A solution I have come across is a slight variation on the idea of imaging. It has been around for a long time and predates imagining in dance, but you can see the similarities.
Many peoples in history have believed that they can call upon the spirits of animals to help them through physical challenges. I am not sure what your religious beliefs are, but I view this phenomenon from the same perspective that I view imaging in general. By imaging an animal, you also imagine the qualities of the animal that you associate with it and keep your conscious mind occupied. This then sends a message to your unconscious mind what you want achieved and lets it take care of the rest. I talk more about the power of the unconscious mind to bring about better dancing in my e-book – take a read if you haven’t yet.
Next time you’re trying to be more “Something” on the dance floor, think of an animal that displays the qualities you’re after. We all have slightly different takes on what different animals are like – I recall in China talking to a woman who told me tortoises were deemed cowardly and ignorant because they pulled their heads in a lot after I told her in the west they were viewed as wise, determined and patient because they took their time – so I want talk about which animals should be used for which characteristics.
However, still try the method. It’s worked for me and a few others so it should work for you.