sapphicmadameumbralis asked: Do you have any advice on how to write dance scenes? I want to write a waltz scene, but I just can't figure out how to write it.
Dance scenes are fun. I always try to capture the energy and feeling of whatever music and movement is taking place. For example, here’s one I wrote for an upbeat, jazzy dance scene:
We fizzled together like champagne bubbles, energy crackling in the air. My clothes were damp and hot with sweat, the air around us too muggy, but I didn’t care. We were surfing on waves of trumpet music, beneath a thundering sky of drums.
If you notice, I’m not being too literal here; that is, I’m not describing exactly what the characters’ bodies are doing, or what the music is doing. If it went, A musician launched into a sick drum solo and I did some hip gyrations, it would likely sound sort of silly. Instead, I focus on the emotions of the characters, and try to make the reader feel what they’re feeling.
So for a waltz scene, I might write something like this:
She and the music were indivisible, both moving in seamless, swanlike glides over the marble floor. We were so close, I could feel the warmth of her breath on my neck, the mothlike flutter of her pulse. The rest of the room seemed so cold. I let her and the music take the lead, closed my eyes and let them carry me.
See what I mean? For dance scenes, particularly ones with emotional value, I focus on the internal rather than physical actions.
I hope this helps, and happy writing! <3
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