Ballerina! AU Part 12
A/N: the plot thiccens and it only gets gayer from here folks!
“Can you do that again, just a little bit slower?” Vernon asks. His voice is a little softer than everyone else’s, and he’s the shyest out of all the animators, but everyone hushes whenever he speaks, and listens to him. There’s a half circle around Dan, with all the animators sitting around him, some of them with IPads on their laps, some with pen and paper, and some others just carefully watching.
Dan takes a deep breath. He’s noticed there’s a difference between performing a ballet and working as a model. With a ballet, people don’t really watch you. They’re watching the plot play out, and the ballerinas are a visual means to get that plot across to the audience watching.
With modeling, everyone is watching you. There’s no plot, no meaning that you’re trying to express, just dancing the sequence they asked you to. They’re watching how your body moves in certain ways, how your chest heaves, how your muscles flex at different times, and how your brows are furrowed together in concentration. They’re watching you, and the emotions that you portray. Not any plot, or story. Just you and your body.
The part that he’s modeling is a small dance sequence. It begins with a graceful spin, on the balls of his feet, a short step sequence, and the ending is a slow arch created by his hands.
The entire dance feels much more fluid than his old dances. When he worked as a ballerina, everything felt stiff and forced, every muscle being pulled too tight, he felt like his movements mirrored a rusty machine.