Do you know what season it is? RuPaul season! Yes. We are officially into the third week of RuPaul’s Drag race and the new queens are bringing it. Those of you who know me already understand my obsession with and appreciation for these performers. I’ve learned so much from them since I started watching RuPaul’s acclaimed show where drag queens compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. While you may be asking yourself, “What does this have to do with a dance blog?”, I will answer back everything.
As a bellydancer and dance performer I’ve found that there is so much crossover (no pun intended) in what I do every week with the art of drag. Costuming, stage make-up, stage presence and self-promotion are a few shared elements but perhaps the most important element is knowing how to SERVE. Any man who has the cajones to put on a dress and high heels is going to own it. While drag performers differ in their own niches and talents, they all execute a walk that can be learned from. Queens have mastered how to command attention and express themselves doing even the simplest steps that we learned how to do as toddlers. Dancers take note! Walking is the basis for more intricate movement and can be translated into choreography. Being able to walk with authority and control will only aide your confidence and make you a stronger performer.
From watching queens, teaching different styles of dance, and performing every weekend I’ve had fun exploring the many sides of “dance walking.” Delve into my article sharing tips and tricks of the trade so you can execute the “charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent” that RuPaul encourages out of his superstars.
Strut Your Stuff: Dance Walking
While we walk everyday, it’s not often we consider how to walk for an audience or how to “dance walk” to a piece of music. Dancers, models, and performers have practiced movement technique to make their struts more noticeable, strong, and even desired. Whether you’re planning an upcoming show entrance, choreographing a strut filled dance, or just trying to make some heads turn, you might be wondering how to sexify your stride. Read below for my tips and tricks on mastering your saunter and owning your walk.
Keep Your Head Held High
Beam confidence and heads will turn! Performers will often keep their gaze just over the heads of audience members as a trick to keep their focus and energy up. Think thoughts of self pride and your... Read full article HERE.
Ziva Emtiyaz is an award winning International Dance Artist excited to share her knowledge and life experiences about the big world of dance!