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Excerpt — Dance Composition Basics 2nd Edition With Web Resource

Phrase: Linking Movements

In this lesson, the term action word refers to any word that motivates movement or defines body shape, such as jump, turn, walk, run, asymmetrical shape, arabesque, isolation, or contraction.

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Symmetry: Balancing Shapes

To reflect an object in dance means to produce its mirror image in relationship to a reflecting line that divides the space into two parts.

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Dynamics: Qualities of Movement

The use of different gradations of energy to perform a movement is often described as adding dynamic quality to movement.

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Problem Solving: Creating a Movement Suite

Historically, the suite was a sectional form of instrumental music that accompanied dance. It consisted of individual, separate pieces, performed one after the other, that were based on the same musical theme and were played in the same key.

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