Elements of Dance | KQED Arts

Elements of Dance | KQED Arts


[ MID-TEMPO DRUM BEAT PLAYS ] [ MID-TEMPO MUSIC PLAYS ] Narrator:
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF DANCE AND CREATIVE MOVEMENT, FROM TRADITIONAL CULTURAL DANCES
TO CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE ART, GROUP DANCES TO SOLO PIECES. DESPITE THIS WIDE RANGE,
THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF CHARACTERISTICS THAT
ALL DANCE FORMS HAVE IN COMMON. BODY, ACTION, SPACE, TIME,
AND ENERGY — THESE FIVE ELEMENTS OF DANCE
ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ALL FORMS
OF CREATIVE MOVEMENT AND ARE A GREAT PLACE TO START WHEN TALKING ABOUT OR ANALYZING
A DANCE PERFORMANCE. DANCE IS AN ART FORM OF
AND BY THE HUMAN BODY. PAINTERS HAVE BRUSHES,
CANVAS, AND PAINT. SCULPTORS SHAPE CLAY,
WOOD, AND METAL. A DANCER’S MATERIALS ARE THEIR
ARMS, LEGS, HEADS, AND TORSOS. DANCERS ISOLATE
SPECIFIC BODY PARTS OR MANIPULATE THEIR ENTIRE BODY TO CREATE LINES, SHAPES,
AND FORMS. ANY MOVEMENT OF THE BODY
WHILE DANCING IS AN ACTION. LEAPING, WALKING, HAND GESTURES,
FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, EVEN PAUSES AND RESTS
ARE ALL DISTINCT ACTIONS. GENERALLY SPEAKING, ACTIONS
CAN BE DONE IN TWO WAYS — WITH THE BODY HELD IN ONE PLACE
OR WITH THE BODY IN MOVEMENT. STRETCHING, TWISTING,
AND BENDING CAN BE DONE WITH THE BODY
IN ONE PLACE. RUNNING, ROLLING, AND TWIRLING,
ON THE OTHER HAND, ARE DONE AS THE BODY IS MOVING
THROUGH SPACE. DANCERS INTERACT WITH AND OCCUPY
SPACE IN A VARIETY OF WAYS. THEY CAN OCCUPY A LOT OF SPACE
WITH THEIR BODIES AND MOVEMENTS, OR JUST USE A SMALL AMOUNT. DANCERS CAN ENGAGE WITH SPACE
ON DIFFERENT LEVELS. HIGH, MEDIUM, AND LOW. THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD, BACKWARD,
OR DIAGONALLY THROUGH SPACE. AND THEIR LINES THROUGH SPACE CAN BE CURVED, STRAIGHT,
OR FREE FORM. EVERY ACTION A DANCER PERFORMS
HAS A BEGINNING AND END, SO THERE’S ALWAYS AN ELEMENT
OF TIME INVOLVED IN DANCE. LIKE MUSIC, DANCE CAN HAVE
STRUCTURED RHYTHM, PULSE. IT CAN ALSO BE FREE-FLOWING
AND UNPREDICTABLE. ANOTHER QUALITY ALL ACTIONS
HAVE IS ENERGY. ENERGY HELPS DESCRIBE
HOW A DANCER IS MOVING. ARE THEY MOVING FORCEFULLY…
GRACEFULLY… FLUIDLY, OR HEAVILY? ENERGY ALSO HELPS US IDENTIFY
THE EMOTIONS AND INTENTIONS ATTACHED TO A DANCER’S ACTION. WHAT MIGHT A DANCER
OR A CHOREOGRAPHER BE TRYING TO COMMUNICATE IF THEIR
MOVEMENTS ARE SUDDEN AND JERKY? OR WHAT MIGHT IT SAY IF THEIR MOVEMENTS ARE LIGHT
AND DELICATE? THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE WATCHING
A DANCE PERFORMANCE OR EVEN WORKING OUT SOME
CHOREOGRAPHY OF YOUR OWN, CONSIDER THESE FIVE ELEMENTS
AND HOW THEY ALL WORK TOGETHER. BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY
AND UNDERSTAND THESE ASPECTS OF DANCE
CAN MAKE YOU MORE FLUENT IN THE LANGUAGE OF DANCE
AND HELP YOU GET YOUR OWN MESSAGES
ACROSS THROUGH MOVEMENT.

Dereck Turner

19 thoughts on “Elements of Dance | KQED Arts

  1. Free Spirit Woman says:

    That is a great video. πŸ™‚

  2. Jacqueline Soulchick says:

    Nice job! I can use this in my aesthetics of movement course!

  3. DAT_BOY_BE_ROLLN And y'all salty bout it says:

    hi class it's braxton subscribe

  4. JX - 06KN - Tomken Road MS (1153) says:

    good.
    the 2 people who disliked are jealous that they can't explain this better than you.
    does anyone notice Geeb is in the link? :>)

  5. SR - 06MD - Tomken Road MS (1153) says:

    hi

  6. Riyanca Maumdar says:

    This is entertaining

  7. Rice boi says:

    u are cooll XD

  8. Nathan Bellhouse says:

    hello can have help what are the body parts used to dance

  9. Foolish Passions says:

    Great job with clips of different costumes

  10. The Nesbitt Experience says:

    Brilliant piece…. great for composition students! πŸ‘πŸ»

  11. Jonathan Ghobrial says:

    oh yea oh yea yea oh yea yea

  12. Unlucky13 says:

    pause at 0:30 and 1:09

  13. BottomText says:

    Nice video! Too bad I’m 4 years late.

  14. Michael Scoleri says:

    3:22 in 0.25 speed

  15. ISABEL CARVAJAL says:

    πŸ’—πŸ†πŸ’‹πŸ’—πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸŽΊπŸ˜

  16. Jacob Bacon says:

    Our teacher recommended this video for our dance project where we had to explain a dance with the elements of dance. Thanks for the help!

  17. Elemential says:

    0:18 nice sneaker's

  18. Strahinja Sujic says:

    Krump was totally expected in the energy explanation

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