The dancer Physical requirements Dancers are not just performing artists; their bodies are also the instruments through which the art is created. The quality of this art, therefore, necessarily depends on the physical qualities and skills that dancers possess. Nearly all professional dancers start training at a young age in order to shape and develop their bodies correctly. Strength is built up in the right muscles, for example, and the bone-connecting ligaments on which flexibility of the joints is so dependent are lengthened early before they begin to harden. As well as strength and mobility, a good dancer must also possess great coordination the ability to work different parts of the body together , a highly developed kinesthetic awareness in order to know and control the position and state of the body , control over weight and balance in motion, a developed awareness of space, a strong sense of rhythm, and an appreciation of music. Particularly in dramatic dance, the dancer must be able to project movement clearly and make its expressive qualities intelligible to the audience.
Justin Vernon and Kanye West. Two dancers perform a nearly identical sequence whilst facing the audience. Occasional, slight choreographed differences emerge between the pair, punctuating the sequence like a call-and-response springing from a chorus — an improvised riff within a jazz classic. The rest of us mortals attempting dance will forever appear vaguely inelegant in their pliant shadows.