Qualities in dancer
Those who framed the rules of Indian dances also took care that nothing is missed. So they also prescribed, the qualities
that a dancer should posses.
Qualities in Female Dancer
1. Well proportioned body
2. Pleasant face
3. Lustrous eyes
4. Attractive teeth
5. Firm breasts
6. Slender waist
7. Full hips
8. Solid thighs
9. Fair or dark
10. Charming personality
12. Agility (able to move quickly and easily)
13. Endurance (tolerance)
14. Good memory.
Qualities she should not have
1. Disproportionate figure
2. Dull eyes
3. Sagging breasts
4. Scanty tresses (long lock of a womans hair)
Qualities in Male Dancer
3. Well read in texts on arts
4. Versed in song
5. Instrumental music and dancing
7. Self assumed
8. Quick witted.
The dancer should be able to control his/her dance, should know when to begin and end and should be at ease when performing
even when accompanied by song and instruments.
A dance performance must always begin with a prayer.
It is very important as on when the performance will take place.
A performance can take place on any of the four recommended periods.
They are: -
Morning, afternoon, evening and dawn.
The performance should be in morning when the theme is of virtue.
If the story is about valour laced with music, the suitable time is afternoon.
Evening is best, when the theme is about love.
If the subject is about greatness of a hero or is heavy with pathos, the early hours is ideal time.
The middle of the day or night and the time of the evening prayer and meals are always avoided for performance.