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Module One Week Two Notes

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Module One Week Two Notes DAN 2307

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Module One Week 2 notes over The Choreographer, Elements of Dance, Improvisation and Creative Movement
Introduction to dance
Jacqueline Nalett
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Date Created: 08/26/16
Introduction to Dance (2307) FA 2016: Jacqueline Nalett UNIT 1: WEEK 2 NOTES  The Choreographer, the Elements of Dance, Improvisation, and Creative  Movement  Choreographer – the person who uses the medium of dance to make his or her art o In dance, a choreographer is equivalent to a composer in music, an artist with  painting, or an architect to a building   A choreographer uses the human body and the elements to make their art o Body and action  o Space o Energy  o Time Elements of Dance   Each element of dance has several sub­elements  Body  o Dance is an art form of and by the human body  o Dancers materials include their   Arms   Legs   Head  Torso  o Dancers isolate different body parts or manipulate their entire body to create lines, shapes, and forms   Action o Any movement of the body while dancing   Leaping   Walking   Hand gestures  Facial expressions  Pauses and rest o Actions can be done in two ways  While the body is held in one place and with the body in movement   In place  Stretching   Twisting   Bending  In movement   Running   Rolling  twirling   Space o Interacting and occupying space in a variety of ways while dancing  o Can occupy a lot of space or just a small amount o Dancers can engage with space on different levels  High   Medium   Low o Dancers can also move  Forward  Backwards   Diagonally  o Their lines through space can be  Curved   Straight   Free formed   Time  o Every action that a dancer performs has a beginning and end  o Like music, dance can have structured rhythm, pulse, and also flow unpredictably   Energy  o The description on how a dancer is moving o Dancers can move  Forcefully   Gracefully   Fluidly/heavily  o Energy in dance also helps the audience identify the emotions and intentions  attached to the dancers actions Improvisation  Creating something on the spot without pre­planning  In terms of dancing, improvising is just dancing without planning what you’re going to  do next   When two or more people are improvising together and lifting each other or sharing body weight it is called contact improvisation  Creative Movement  Technically all dance is creative movement  However this term refers to the movement done with children for the purpose of self­ discovery or enhancement of academic lessons  It is also used to build a child’s confidence, help with social interaction or allow them  some self­expression   Karen Stokes Dance     Nonprofit dance company   Thing that Stoke loves the most is the process of the dance creation, working with  dancers in the studio   Finds it exciting when dancers do something visually satisfying and beautiful  Some of her dances take years to come up with and finish so that they are closet to  perfection as possibly with all the kinks worked out   As a choreographer she creates a movement bank in which her students perform the  moves without her knowing how they will look or come out in the final performance   Strived to create works that are interesting, complex, contemporary expressions of our  world that are accessible to people who don’t know much about contemporary or modern  dance  


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