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The Elements Of Dance
Transcript of The Elements Of Dance
Dance is created in and through the human body.
The body is the dancer's
that can be seen or felt during a dance
In dance, the body can be
move in place
around the dance area
Some body parts used when dancing include:
HEAD (eyes and face)
are also used when dancing
Some body shapes dancers use:
Dancers also use their inner bodies when dancing
Can you think how dancers use their
Action is any human movement, which also includes dancing
Dance is made up of movement and pauses
2 Ways to
Locomotor: Actions of the dancers when they travel around the dance area
Examples: slide walk, hop, somersault, run, skip, jump, leap, crawl, gallop
Non-locomotor: Actions of the dancer when standing still
Examples: stretch, bend, twist, turn, rise, fall, rock, tip
Can you think of other actions dancers can make when traveling or standing still?
Dancers interact with space in many ways.
Ways to describe space :
: Large, small, narrow, wide
: High, medium, low
: Personal space,
: Curved/straight, zig-zag
: In front, behind, over, under, near/far
Timing is important so dancers are where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there
Dancers time their movements by using:
: Dance based on
pick up timing cues
from other dancers
and external events signal
when the dancer
Energy is how dancers use force, tension, and weight to make their movements happen.
All dancers use energy. Some forms of energy include:
Can you show how dancers use any of those forms of energy?
Check out how the dancers in this video incorporate all THE ELEMENTS OF DANCE: Body, Action, Space, Time, Energy
They may stay in one place,
move part of their body,
move their whole body,
or travel through the dance area.
Graphics by Jenny Burnett