DanceUnit1 - Dance Appreciation Notes Definitions to...

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Dance Appreciation Notes Definitions to Consider Throughout the Course (but you don't have to memorize!!) As you view dances throughout this semester, consider the five definitions below. Some questions you might start with are: What culture is this dance form from? How does culture continue to shape the dance form? In what context is this dance performed? How does the context affect the meaning of the dance? Is this dance form a tradition in the culture? What value does the culture place on the form? What is innovative about this form, as performed now in contemporary society? Culture is socially transmitted, integrated behavior patterns, knowledge, arts, beliefs, material traits, shared attitudes, values, practices, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought characteristic of a community or population. Context is the set of circumstances in which a particular event occurs. Tradition is a mode of thought or behavior followed by a people from generation to generation. Value is a principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable. Innovation is the introduction of a new idea, method or device. Definitions for Choreography Below are definitions of the tools and techniques through which choreographers develop movement and craft it into choreography. Review them and begin to build your dance literacy by adding them to your vocabulary. 1. Phrase - Several movements and/or motifs linked together. Similar to a grammatical sentence. 2. Motif - a motif is a single movement or short phrase that is used as a source or spark for development. 3. Manipulation - when a movement motif is changed, altered and developed through the application of other ideas such as changing its size, speed, or force. 4. Canon - In music, a two- or more part composition in which each part is identical to the other but each voice enters at different times. Rounds such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" are a type of canon. In dance, a single theme or movement sequence that is executed by two or more dancers at different times.
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5. Locomotion - movements that travel through space (walk, run, gallop, skip, roll). 6. Non-locomotor movements - movements that do not travel in space (bend, twist, reach). 7. Opposition - is the movement of body parts in juxtaposition to one another, to create angular or 2-dimensional body designs. 8. Pattern - is a planned arrangement of stresses and accents in repetition. 9. Pathways - is the path on the floor along which a dancer or group of dancers moves. 10. Symmetry   - a pattern that is alike on both sides of an axis. Symmetrical design tends to be restful and satisfying to watch. 11. Asymmetry   - a pattern that is not alike on both sides. Asymmetry tends to be intriguing, disturbing and exciting to watch. 12.
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course DANCE 07:203:103 taught by Professor Professordarrahcarr during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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