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Characteristics of a Dancer and Other Lists

These r lists of what a dancer is and what she can be

5 Attributes a Dancer Should Have
1. Strength
2. Joint Flexibility
3. Muscular Endurance
4. Cardiovascular Endurance
5. Coordination

10 Ideal Characteristics of a Performer
1. Experience and skill in a number of dance forms, epescially the one represented by the choreographer.
2. Interest in the arts and a great desire to dance.
3. Strong, healthy body, with a practical regard for joint action.
4. Broad perceptual field and an open mind.
5. Lots of energy, courage, patience, and strength.
6. The ability to cooperate and get along with others.
7. To take criticism and suggestions easily.
8. To move with conviction and projection.
9. To have time and energy for rehearsals, and a willingness to work.
10. The ability to move with urgency and passion.

10 Things A Dancer Should Promise Herself
1. To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
2. To speak of health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
3. To make all your friends feel that there is something wonderful in them.
4. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your dreams come true.
5. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.
6. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
7. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
8. To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
9. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
10. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

16 Jobs Surrounding Irish Dance
1. Artistic Director - decides what shows to put on and casts the roles.
2. Dance Teacher - runs daily classes and gives individual coaching.
3. Physiotherapist - treats dancers injuries.
4. Choreographer - creates the dance and helps decide on costumes and scenery.
5. Wardrobe Master or Mistress - looks after and takes care of the costumes.
6. Technical Director or Stage Manager - co-ordinates the lighting staff, orchestra, dancers, and stage crew.
7. Member of a Stage Crew - are responsible for the electrics, such as wiring and special effects, as well as the props.
8. Marketing Officers - comission posters, leaflets and programs advertsing shows.
9. General Manager - arranges tours, salaries, and general business matters.
10. Costume Designer/Creator - designs and/or sews costumes
11. Shoemaker - Creates hard and/or soft shoes
12. Jewelry Maker - All those brooches!
13. Feis Commitee - Organize the competitions
14. Adjudicator - Judges competitions
15. Entrepreneur - Vendors, vendors, vendors!
16. Historian/Writer - John P. Cullinane, anyone?

{Original list in Dance, From Magic to Art by Lois Ellfeldt (1976).}

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