Belanger dances with an undemonstrative panache that draws one's attention as if by seeking to deflect it; through finesse and understatement, he manages to seem at once intensely present and curiously detached.
This is a question in my GRE text book. There are 2 blanks, and you can choose the words given to best fit the blanks. I have put the correct words in the sentence, in italic.
I think I do not understand the phrase '...by seeking to deflect it'.