If there are dancers reading this column, you should check out a place called Oakland Theater of Dance in Oakland, California. It was founded by a classically-trained dancer, Jane Brown. She teaches how to work WITH your body, not to force your body and thus destroy it. Using her knowledge of how to work with the body's natural structure, she danced professionally into her 70s. She may still be dancing now in her 90s; I don't know.
One small example of what she teaches is a different approach to turnout. Turnout is that posture of the feet which ballet dancers do: heels together, toes pointing away from the center towards the outside of the body. Many ballet dancers are taught that they must force their feet into the unnatural position of turnout; that their feet must hurt; that pain is part of the sacrifice for being an artist. Dancers are taught to ignore their bodies and work through the pain.
For a performing artist, it is never good to tune out what your body is telling you (even pain.) Your body is your only instrument; you must be keenly in touch with it in order to use it to perform. Particularly, an actor or dancer must be sensitive to those emotional inputs that manifest as physical sensations, for that is how we allow our emotional selves to interpret the character.
Let's seeâ€¦let me be more specific about this. Let's say I am playing opposite Johnny Depp; I am a business partner of his in this film.