I was watching my flamenco videos last night and realized that I do not exude strength in my upper body. That is to say, there is no oomph, no tension.
Flamenco is a recent form of dance for me. Ballet is really my first love. And ballet is different. Ballet’s arm movements are lyrical. Flamenco must exude power. Flamenco is passion. Smoldering passion.
I thought I was slowly getting the expression and felt like I was finally understanding the whole concept of passion. But last night, yeesh. I looked at myself and I think that I am still away from capturing the passion of la gitana. I was on the edge of my seat while watching the video, willing myself in the video to shout with passion.
So after watching the video, I stood in front of the mirror and tried to hold my back stiffly and with every movement of the arms and hands, I strained to hold the tension. O said he could see a little strength. So I guess I just need to sustain that tension.
No tension at all. Nada.
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