Last weekend, I went with my wife to a Bharatnatyam dance show. My mom used to teach Bharatnatyam during my school days so it was a bit nostalgic to see those movements.
But this time watching the show, I was too critical for the movement and gestures as an animator. And I realized classical dance are a great source of reference for animators to study – posing, arcs, ease-in and ease-out, follow through, etc.
The best part was there were two dancers – one was really good and the other one was a bit stiff. You could easily see the difference in the movement from a not an experienced dancer to an experienced one! The principles of animation still apply!