Breakaway, or Apart Position.
Breakaway is the easiest position to experiment with gaze in. Its gaze can vary from soft overall view of your partners’ body, to focused gaze on face or feet (safest) or any body part (if you’re really comfortable with that person!). Gaze can be directed up to the sky or down to the earth for emotive purposes, used to draw audience attention to your partner’s movement, or to “flirt” with your audience for attention. Don’t forget to try facial expressions, including the ever-popular “stank face” which is a sortof sexy-you’re-bad-as-in-good-and-what-is-that-smell face, vowel sound faces, the letter “S” sound face. You can also use any of the gaze variations from other positions. Gaze in Breakaway gives us a chance to experiment with fun rather that trying to be perfect – if we can get our partner to collapse in giggles, we’ve won!
By Karen R. Smith