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Choreographic Manipulations

Abduction –Body movement away from the mid line.


Additive – While doing a movement phrase add in a jump/turn/slide etc.

Background – Performing a phrase but changing what is happening in the background.  (Either the body shape (solo), other dancers or lighting/scene design)

Dancers wearing black and white. One dancer is in a gymnastics bridge while the other is leaning against the first with one leg in the air.

Cannon – Same movement executed at different times.

                    Cumulative – One phrase is performed but the dancers start staggered in time.

                    Reverting (Overlapping and non-overlapping) –Dancers complete a phrase from beginning to end at 

                          different starting intervals. It may or may not overlap.

                    Simultaneous - All dancers complete a looping phrase at the same time but at different starting points.

A visual example of the vocabulary word "cumulative".
A visual example of the vocabulary word "reverting".
A visual example of the vocabulary word "simultaneous".

Chance – Randomly assigned movement phrases.

Direction – Perform phrase in a different direction.

Flocking – Movement in a group that changes leaders as the direction changes.

Force – Vary the force/strength of movements. (weak/strong)

Fragmentation – Use parts of the phrase but not the whole thing.

High-point – Changing the accent or crescendo of movement.

Incorporative – Make the dance phrase into a jump/turn/locomotor pattern etc.

Instrumentation – Perform the movement with a different body part.

A male dancer wearing white pants, holding a red scarf, and jumping over a female dancer in a red leotard.


                     Upside-down – Flip movement over a horizon line.

                     Lateral - Flip movement over a vertical line.

​Levels/Planes – Change the height or plane movement occurs on. ( High/medium/low, Sagittal/coronal/transverse)

A visual example of the vocabulary word "levels".
A visual example of the planes of movement.

​Quality – Change the movement quality. (Wavy/erratic/floating/punching etc.)

Repetition – Repeat the movement exactly the same.

Retrograde – Perform the movement in backward order from the end to the start.

Rotation – Pivoting around an axis. (Internal or external)

Rhythm – Add pulses/beats to the movement.

Size – Condense or expand movement.

Staging – Perform in a different place on the stage.

Tempo – Perform the movement with varying speeds. (Fast/slow)

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