As an element of dance it encompasses:
- body awareness—this centres on consciousness of the body in space including body shapes, body bases, body parts, body zones, locomotor and non-locomotor movements
- body bases—the body parts that support the rest of the body e.g. when standing the feet are the body base
- body parts—legs, arms, head torso, hands, feet
- body activity—weight transference, travelling, turning, rising, falling
- body shapes—curved, straight, open, closed, symmetrical, asymmetrical
- body zones—body areas of right side, left side (sagittal plane), front, back (frontal or coronal plane), upper half, lower half (traverse plane).
Elements of dance
Improvisational structures permit the dancer elements of freedom and creativity in making movement and dances. The dancer can employ any number of strategies and creative responses to pursue an outcome where the result is not fully known, for example
- a floor plan which is ‘scored’ but in which the movement is unknown; or
- where the movement is designed but the floor plan is open and the dancer is given the freedom to make the spatial decisions.
Other decisions might affect the timing, the choice of music and any elements of BEST.