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Foundation


Elements of Dance

5 Elements of Dance

Its very much important as a dancer to know about these elements which are the foundations for building skills and processes.

We will allow our students to explore, improvise, experiment and demonstrate their understanding of the basic elements of dance and will combine them into sequences.   

Body

What is moving?

Body awareness, use of body parts, body shapes, locomotor and non-locomotor movements, body bases, symmetry vs. asymmetry, geometric vs. organic shape, angular vs. curved shape.

Time

When are we moving?

Tempo, rhythm, pause, stillness, with music, without music, duration, acceleration/deceleration.

Space

Where are we moving?

Pathways, directions, positive vs. negative space, proximity of dancers to one another, various group formations.

Energy

How are we moving?

Effort, force, quality.

Relationship

With what are we moving?

Dancers to props/objects, meet/part, follow/lead, emotional connections, groupings.

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