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DanceSense Program 4: The Elements of Dance



An exploration of space, time, and force introduces students to the language of dance. Segments illustrate each of the three elements and their subelements: space (shapes, levels, directions, and pathways), time (beat, tempo, duration, rhythm, and accent), and force (heavy/light, sharp/smooth, tight/relaxed).

Suggested Uses:

  • To build your own knowledge of dance.
  • To introduce or review the elements of dance.
  • Use in conjunction with the Responding to Dance guide in the toolkit to have students describe and analyze a live or taped dance performance. (A variety of performances are found on the Dance Performances, Dances from Many Cultures, and African Root tapes/DVDs.)
  • As part of a review of basic dance vocabulary.
  • To prepare students for creative dance explorations of the dance elements. (See the Teaching Creative Dance video/DVD for examples and ideas.)

For more information:

(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)

See the Responding to Dance and Creative Dance sections of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.

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