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Dance notation

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Dance notation is the symbolic representation of dance movement, it is analogous to Movement notation but can be limited to representing human movement and specific forms of dance such as Tap dance. Various methods have been to used to visually represent dance movements including:

The primary use of dance notation is the documentation, analysis and reconstruction of choreography and dance formss or technical exercises. Many different forms of dance notation have been created but the two main systems used in Western culture are Labanotation (also known as Kinetography Laban) and Benesh Movement Notation. Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation and DanceWriting are also in use, but to a lesser extent.

Several notation systems are used only for specific dance formss, for example, Shorthand Dance Notation (dances from Israel), Morris Dance Notation (Morris dance) and Beauchamp-Feuillet notation (Historical dances from the Baroque period).

Hutchinson Guest's seminal book Choreographics (1989), compares thirteen historical and present-day dance notation systems (with visual examples) and through 'one to one' comparisons illustrates the advantages, and disadvantages of each system. The book is good introduction to the development and implementation dance notation systems.

Table of contents
1 Notation and Computers
2 Related articles
3 Further reading
4 External links

Notation and Computers

In the field of Dance technology there are four areas of dance notation research and development:


Related articles

Further reading


External links

Dance notation systems

Dance notation software

Dance Technology / dance notation applications