Research on Dance Position and Notation

When I start to research on Dance I understand that there are several kinds of different dances, everyone with its unique rules and movements. I think that ballet is one of the most schematics and it has a set of rules that are been created since the 15 century in Italy. Thanks to that, it is easier to analyse and discover. 

Thanks to Martina, I learned that there are some standard positions that every ballet dancer learn at the basic classes.

Arms’ position.

For the arms, there are these five standard positions. They are called: first, second, third, fourth and fifth position.

Feet’s positions.

The same is for the feet’s positions.

Body positions.

For the body positions, there are three levels: Plié à quart, Plié à demi and Grand plié. The dancer can perform these positions by flexing the knees.

I am also researching on dance notation.
Rudolf Laban was a dance artist who created a type of dance notation known as Kinetography Laban or Labanotation.

Labanotation’s symbols.

Laban assigns to every part of the body a different symbol and he invented some shapes to symbolise the direction and level of the movement.

He also invented the Kinesphere. He describes it like: “the sphere around the body whose periphery can be reached by easily extended limbs without stepping away from that place which is the point of support when standing on one foot”. 

Laban’s Kinesphere.

I will continue my research on dance notation because I think that it is the right path to follow for my project.


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