What are the three choreographic elements of dance?

This is a very common question I get asked all the time, but it can be tricky to explain. It’s really simple: The four steps in the “dance” of the human body are:




Each of these four steps are part of a bigger choreographic concept called the choreographic system. It’s really important to understand (and understand well!) what we consider to be a dance, because you are not only being invited to the danceā€¦ you are also being invited to be in a dance. You can’t learn dance, you can’t be in the dance, if you aren’t dancing.

Let’s break it down further:

Dancing involves several different forms of movement: walking, standing, jumping, and swaying.

It’s really easy to be in the “walking” or “standing” and “jumping” part of the dance. For example, in running or jumping there are no steps. But when we are in dancing with our body, we have to consider all of the ways our body moves around and interacts with us during the dance. We have two major styles of dancing. There are dance styles that are performed with very simple steps that may look the same on paper but are not really connected. Some are more “active” dance, where your body works the best way it can as fast as it possibly can. Others are more “stature” dance, where your body is the perfect place to work and where you move slowly and deliberately. Sometimes dance styles are the same, some can be danced with and some with others.

Jumping and swaying are sometimes called the three aspects of dance: The movement or movement of the body, the movement of the body in its full extension, and the movement of the body in its natural orientation. In order to be in any of these four steps, you need to know a bit about your body and your body’s natural motion during these three steps.

This might sound confusing but it’s actually quite easy: the three parts of dance are the four steps of walking, the movement of standing, and the movement of swaying. As a dancer in any of these forms of dance, we can control how long our body stays in the dance with what we are doing. If we want to run, we can move our legs until we hit a certain speed. If we want to stand, we can stand for hours on end without getting tired. We