Dance theory

included, warming up - cooling down - safe practice etc.

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Warming up involves increasing the oxygen supply to the muscles so that they
become increasingly flexible and moveable. It means that it is not as easy to gain an
injury through dancing with inflexible and `cold' muscles. It also allows the mind to
become focused on dance
Running around the dance class for at least 5 minutes
Working the whole body, ankles to neck
Any movement that will increase the heart rate
Cooling down at the end of dance classes is the best time to stretch, allowing the body
to return to its proper state making the lactic acid which has been produced to leave
the body, which otherwise would cause muscle aches and pains the next day.
For example to stretch your quadriceps, you could bring you heal to you bum,
ensuring that the leg you are standing on is straight with leg facing forward.
Hold this for 20 seconds, then do the same on the other leg
o To improve this stretch it could be done for a longer period of time, next
time for 25 seconds and then after 30.
Safe practice...
To ensure the safety to you and other dancers it is your responsibility to perform
safely within the space. These include...
Tying hair up, so it prevents temporary blindness
Jewellery removed
Keeping hydrated, to stop feeling faint
Trousers not too baggy/long nor wearing socks
Conditioning for dancers...
Improvement in training involves
awareness-accuracy etc.

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Strength ­ capacity to exert a muscle contraction against resistance. A strong body
moves freely and effectively and the aim should have all-around strength. Improve -->
frequency, intensity and duration
Stamina ­ the staying power.
Muscular ­ ability to continue to contract over a period of time. Speed will
increase if movements are practiced at increased rate
Cardio respiratory ­ continue aerobic activity over a period of time.…read more

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Then research, getting more information and ideas about what to base it on, after this
improvise to create spontaneous movement.
Improvisation... is allowing spontaneous and simultaneous exploring, creating and
performing. It is the creative movement of the moment
The dancer in performance
Projection ­ involves throwing the energy out from the body as to give a quality of
life to the movement. Enabling the movement to reach beyond the body and `touch'
the audience's feelings. E.g.…read more

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Condensing and expanding --> making motif/movement smaller/bigger by using
dynamic or more/less of body
Retrograde --> perform motif/phrase backwards.
Canon -->involves one or more dancers performing motifs at different times, creating
visual complexity and is also a way of highlighting important motifs.…read more

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