I am a 6'3 muscle bound newbie actor but i feel like im stiff when acting sometime's would dance classes help me loosen up and gain confidence with my posture? and what sort of dance would be good for me? if any at all thanks
If you're just looking to loosen up and gain confidence with your body and posture, I wonder if yoga might be a better choice? That's all about stretching, loosening up, listening to your body and being in tune with it, balance and coordination, etc.
For dance, ballet is the foundation for everything, so that would be a good choice.
Ballet, contemporary and jazz are very beneficial. Hiphop can be good, too, as long as you find someone who truly teaches fundamentals. Also look into yoga, t'ai chi ch'uan and gymnastics.
I saw your pics on another thread and something else that would be very valuable to someone in your type range is combat certifications. The more weapons the better. Maybe check with someone at NIDA to cue you in to where to get that training if they don't teach workshops themselves.
Thankyou for the advice TMR and Fishgurl i appreciate it. I think i might call NIDA thank's.
Alexander work is also very very good for actors, as it helps to undo tension and lets us notice how we use our bodies.
Yoga has changed my life. I go 5 times a week and it's loosened up my acting and gotten me more in my body. It takes time, but it really gets you grounded and connected. When I lose sight of myself in an audition I breath and feel the ground under my feet.
I'm a movement teacher and director and I have to say, with the right intention and teaching methodologies, any movement practice you take on can help your acting.
When you're looking for classes be sure to find a place that connects the mind to the body and really feeds your ability to connect to concentration and imagination with both the mind and the body. Yoga is great for your body and your spirituality, but for it to be beneficial to the actor it has to be taught with that purpose in mind.
I teach a yoga for actors and some movement for actors workshops in the city, take a look and see if you think any of it might be helpful for you!
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