|Developing a dance vocabulary|
A vocabulary to support writing about dance can be developed in a simple way during lesson time over a number of weeks.
The language of dance is important in order to identify technique, and correctly demonstrate understanding of theatre arts and the student’s own and other choreographer’s working process.
At the beginning of each session, focus on a five minute review of a known choreographer, and look at technique, structure, themes, motifs, etc. A group discussion can be encouraged by using a Youtube reference to check at home.
A journal can be kept to demonstrate development in thinking about ideas – many choreographers think in pictures, and their journals can contain mood boards with textures, colours and diagrams as well as words.
Articulating artistic intention
In order to be articulate about the aims and intentions behind a piece of choreography, the student needs to have an understanding of the technique.
When using an amalgamation of styles within a theme, it is necessary to show an understanding of why the movement qualities and those movements have been chosen support the theme
A historical context of the style the student is using is necessary for them to be able to articulate their own developments.
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