1) Dance and performance should never be one dimensional
One of the things I wanted to highlight for the cast is to think multi-dimensionally. Don't just think does this look good!! What are you trying to achieve with this performance? What are you trying to communicate? How does this performance help with your dance goals? What does my audience like? Etc etc....
Dance does not happen for the sake of dance unless it's in your bedroom and Kate Bush happens to come on the radio! And even then it has a purpose (fulfill childhood 80's dream).
2) Pick Music to suit you
Pick music that enhances you as a performer. You don't need to dance to the new most popular hit just because everyone else is dancing to it. Dance is not about fashion. I always recommend picking music that supports you!
In this show there are some music choices, such as Demelza's that are unusual in a bellydance setting but perfect for the performer and the particular scene.
Performers such as Roxane and Laura have chosen songs that are tricky to dance to and have worked with them exceptionally well.
3) Don't take yourself too seriously
Sometimes we obstruct our development as performers because we don't want to make a fool of ourselves. Then the very thing we were trying to prevent becomes a reality because we don't step out of our shell. Most people who have seen me before know that I look like I'm having a good time... because I really am! I don't take myself too seriously not to try something unusual and out of the box if I feel my audience will enjoy. Darkstar is performing as a male character, while Tevec's character flows between crafty and ditzy and you can't take yourself too seriously if you want to perform those roles well!
Who doesn't want to see a bellydancer do Bohemian Rhapsody? Or the Robot? Or dance as a Wookie monster? Or burst out of a box! Sometimes the crazy stuff.