Dance Short - The Elements of Dance The elements of dance...

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The Elements of Dance The elements of dance are the ingredients of dance. Often, one or two elements predominate in a dance, but all the elements are present. The different ways of combining and using the elements determine the expression of the dance, just as re-ordering words in a sentence changes the meaning of the sentence. The elements of dance identified in the dance program are based on the movement theories of Laban (1975), and the later work of Preston-Dunlop (1980a, 1980b) and Boorman (1969). The elements are described below. Actions Actions are what the body is doing . By finding out, through movement explorations, what the body can do and by expanding the body's abilities, students build a "bank" or repertoire of movements they might use in their dance creations. This "bank" is called a movement vocabulary. A rich movement vocabulary increases the capacity to express through dance. Actions can travel (locomotor) or move on the spot (non-locomotor). They fall into the following categories: travelling, stillness, gesturing, jumping, falling, turning, twisting, contracting, expanding and transferring weight. The following is an action word list (by no means complete): run skip swing leap gallop slide roll bend flee dart float soar wobble spring vault perch settle pause hold freeze kick punch flick shimmy quiver tremble wiggle twitch flap jerk stamp jab inflate grow expand rise extend spread swell open close shrink shrivel wither dwindle collapse squeeze crumple melt drip creep bound balance listen shiver vibrate stretch explode sink lower Students in the middle years will: continue to explore a range of movements challenge and commit themselves physically in all their movement experiences expand and increase the complexity of their movements and refine their repertoire of movements (movement vocabulary), with attention paid to the clarity of their movements increase their abilities to fall, turn, balance and jump. The Body
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2011 for the course TED 403 taught by Professor Espisito during the Spring '11 term at CSU Dominguez Hills.

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