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Key terminology used when creating dance performance
In this short movie, we're going to look at some key terminology for dance moves and show you how you can put that into practice.
Matching and mirroring go together, but firstly, we're going to look at matching and you need to be with a partner. You need to stand side-by-side and everything you do is done together at the same time.
Are we ready? Let's go; one, two, three, four, one, two. And again, one, two, three, four, five, six. And stop. Perfect matching!
Now we're going to look at mirroring using the exact same move. You are now facing your partner and we working as if we were in a mirror.
We both start on opposite legs - are we ready? Let's get one to three, four. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Lots time and stop. Perfect mirroring well done.
Now we're going to look at opposite. We've just done mirroring where we were facing each other. Now we're both facing the front, but still working on opposite sides.
Shall we have a go? Let's do it. Off we go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, two more. Last one.
So next, we're going to look at unison. And this is when there's more than two people in the group. Everybody is doing the same thing at the same time. So let's have some more people, shall we? Let's try it in unison.
Are we ready? One, two, three, four. What? Two, three, four, one. Two. Last time. One, two, three, and stop.
We're now going to look at formations. And this way you can make really simple choreography moves look really spectacular by just having people in different formations on the floor.
So, there are lines, diamonds, circles, semi-circles, squares, triangles, the list is endless, and you can really play around with this and have lots of fun.
Today, we're going to show you a line because there's just two of us. Let's get into our formation, and first we're going to do matching. We're both going to do the same thing at the same time in our formation. Let's have a go, one, two, three, four. One, two, three, two more. One, two, three. One, one, two, three. And stop!
Now, we could do the same move, but do it opposite. I work on one side and Ryan works on the other side. Off we go; one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two. Last one, one, two, three. And stop. Perfect.
Now we're going to look at the cannon. There are lots of different ways of doing the cannon and we're going to show you a few of those ways.
This one is where one person does the move and then stands still, the next person carries on with the move and then stands still, and this carries on down the line for as many people as you have in the line.
Shall we have a little go?
The second version of the cannon; one person starts with the move and carries on repeating the move, then everyone joins in individually until everyone is doing the same move.
The third version of the cannon; the first person starts with their move, but the second person doesn't wait until they finished it, they may start halfway through or after one count. You can organize that before you start, but it really adds a whole new level of interest. We're going to show you the one where everybody carries on moving. But don't forget, you can also do it where they stop as well.
And finally motif, this is simply a repeated pattern or repeated action that just keeps popping up throughout the performance which pulls together the whole performance.