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Elements of Dance

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Alexa Hutson

on 10 October 2012

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By: Alexa Hutson Elements of Dance Dance has Elements? The art of dance takes place in and through the human body. 1. Body Action is any human movement included in the act of dancing 2. Action There are countless variations and combinations of ways that movement can occur in space. 3. Space What is Dance? The keyword for the element of time is when. 4. Time Energy is about how 5. Energy Dance is the art form in which human movement becomes the medium for sensing, understanding, and communicating ideas, feelings, and experiences. The elements of dance are the foundational concepts and vocabulary for developing movement skills as well as understanding dance as an art form The renowned dance critic Walter Terry commented: "No paints nor brushes, marbles nor chisels, pianos or violins are needed to make this art, for we are the stuff that dance is made of. It is born in our body, exists in our body and dies in our body. Dance, then, is the most personal of all the arts . . . it springs from the very breath of life" It can include dance steps, facial movements, lifts, carries, and catches, and even everyday movements such as walking. Dancers interact with space in many ways. They may stay in one place and move parts of their body or their whole body, or they may travel from one place to another. They may alter the direction, level, size, and pathways of their movements. Dance movements may also show different timing relationships such as simultaneous or sequential timing; or brief to long duration; fast to slow speed; or accents in predictable or unpredictable intervals. Human movement is naturally rhythmic in the broad sense that we alternate activity and rest. It refers to the force of an action and can mean both the physical and psychic energy that drives and characterizes movement. http://opd.mpls.k12.mn.us/the_elements_of_dance BASTE
Body, Action, Space, Time, Energy
All these elements are simultaneously present in a dance or even in a short movement phrase.

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