Ballet Up Close and Personal at the Joyce: Houston Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballethttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/ballet-up-close-and-personal-at-the-joyce/1876/
Facial expression. When you’re dancing Balanchine, is there a proper facial expression? Of course it varies from dancer to dancer, and work to work, but at a given moment, faces on the same stage can range from blank to smiley. Personally, I find that forced smiles have the opposite of their intended effect, that is, grating and phony. And generally speaking, it’s the women who smile affectedly, presumably from a lifetime of subconscious training. But once in awhile, a dancer might smile because she’s having the time of her life, like Houston’s Karina Gonzalez here, and you can feel that.