Have you ever watched a great dancer? I mean a really great dancer? Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Rita Moreno, Danny Kaye, Donald O’Connor? Have you really watched?
There’s a difference between a great dancer and someone who had been taught to dance. It’s economy of movement. A great dancer makes no extraneous motions when he dances.
Watch the greats. I can always tell who is a dancer and who has been taught to dance for a movie role. Chicago is a good example. Renee Zellweger has been taught to dance, but Catherine Zeta-Jones is a dancer. She is riveting.
In White Christmas Rosemary Clooney has been taught to dance, but Vera-Ellen is a dancer. Bing Crosby has been taught to dance, a little, but Danny Kaye is a dancer.
Gene Kelly is the best of all. His body control was phenomenal.
For me, writing is like dancing. I prefer an economy of words. One of my favorite writing professors said– “Why use a two dollar word when a twenty-five cent word will do?”