TCHS Dance Department
Continuing to Describe and Analyze Dance

Background Information

From your past semesters in Dance, we have explored Laban Movement Analysis as a framework for describing dance. 

A short review:
Laban Movement Analysis is a system for observation, description, performance, and interpretation for human movement. It can be used as a tool to:
  • Describe movement and choreography
  • Understand efficient ways of moving
  • Guide improvisation and movement invention
  • Annotate and write dance
There are four main categories in Laban Movement Analysis: 
  • Body
    • Describes what actions the dancers are doing 
  • Effort & Dynamics
    • Describes how the dancers are moving 
  • Space
    • Describes where the dancers are moving 
  • Relationship
    • Describes relationships the dancers have 

Dance II-VI Refresher Activity

Lesson on Friday, February 9, 2018
Lesson Objective: Dancers will be able to analyze the dance photo using the Laban Movement Analysis Framework.

Set Up Procedure:
  • Retrieve the laptops and set them up in a circle
  • Sit behind one of the laptops and pull up this page
  • Enlarge the photo with the number that you were assigned
Analysis Procedure:
  • Open a new tab with the website: https://www.wordclouds.com
  • Spend 5 minutes listing all of the action words (verbs) possible that you could use to describe the photo
  • Spend 5 minutes listing all of the descriptive words (adjectives or adverbs) possible that you could use to describe the photo
  • Spend 5 minutes listing all the words that apply from the LMA Body category. What dance move are they doing?
  • ​Spend 5 minutes listing all the words that apply from the LMA Effort & Dynamics category
  • Spend 5 minutes listing all the words that apply from the LMA Space category
  • ​Spend 5 minutes listing all the words that apply from the LMA Relationship category
  • Submit your list to the word cloud app and format it with the colors and text that you think compliment your photo
  • Download your word cloud as a jpeg on the computer's desktop
  • Log onto your google account and go to your google drive
  • Create a new document with this title: "Last name-Name that Dance Assignment"
    • ​​If you have multiple members in your group, please title the document "Last name and Last name-Name that Dance Assignment"
  • Include this heading at the top left or right of your paper
    • ​Student(s) Names
    • Dance II-VI Block 2 or 3
    • 2/9/18
  • ​Insert your word cloud image in the center of your paper
  • Create a title for your dance photo and place it in italic text 
  • Create a narrative about what the dancers is doing in the text in 1 paragraph
  • Create a rationale and site evidence about why you think this is true
Submission Procedure:
  • After you finish your work, please share your assignment with Ms. Zwierzynski
  • Assignments must be shared to her gmail, missz.tchs@gmail.com with the ability to edit
  • If you need assistance doing this, look at this demonstration https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2494822
Assessment Criteria:
  • "Name that Dance" will count as a quiz grade
  • 4 points awarded for correct formatting
  • 4 points awarded for use of Dance Vocabulary
  • 4 points awarded for creativity of written prompt