Showmanship...cheekyness, sass, style, putting it out there, working it,,giving it your all.
I have been singing karaoke for 16yrs. I have a hell of a voice. WHen I sing , people perk up and listen and when I perform,,they are captured. I did the contest circuit and I never like the competition because just like hooping, we are all different and no one is better than another, just a different interpertation. Therefore when I was competing, I just couldn't rock it like when I would just sing and perform..just couldn't get into it. So I dropped out from the contest circuit the 2 year. What I learned most from my karaoke mentors was to perform. To sing that song and put on a show. Whether it was a rock ballad, or slow country song it did'nt matter, just give your all. Now that I loved..:) SHake what ya mama gave ya, engage your audience, make eye contact, work that audience, pull them into what you are singing. That is what makes karaoke, seeing someone who is not a pro performing like a star. Sure it took time, but the more I opened to my audience the more they became fans.
This can also apply to hoopdancing. Don't be afraid to show off. Yes! SHOW OFF! this is the venue for you to show us you! Because that is what we want to see. if you got a bit mouth like me, shout out, if you can swing it with the best of them, then work it. I know inthe begining it can seem scary, but trust me, you will blossom and come to love it and be a better hooper for it.
So what have you done that isn't hoop related, but you really worked it? What was your center stage moment and how can you bring that feeling into your hoop dance performance.
Thanks for sharing Khaanee. I enjoyed reading your post. You certainly sound sassy :) I like kareoke as well and as a former professional dancer, I know what you mean by opening up to your audience. Your tips were helpful.
I also want to add, fake it til you make it! Project confidence.
Get out of your head - that's another thing to remember. As long as you're listening to that self-critical, doubting voice in your head, you won't go all out.
The next time that inner critic mouths off, tell it to shut up, and then thumb your nose at it by hamming up your hoopdance. Pretty soon, that critic will realize you're not listening anymore, and it will shrivel up and die for lack of an audience!
A lot of people subscribe to the notion of "Dance like no one's watching." Last year I read the bio of a burlesque dancer. She had a totally different take. She said, "Dance like everyone's watching!"
Yeah, what she said.