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Dance notation

Dance notation

Dance notation systems are the symbolic representation of dance movement. Dance notation is powerful to preserving dance heritage and for dance education and communication.
Dance notation offers a universal language to verbalize movement among dance professionals and permit easier communication. It helps organize the thinking of movement creation and learning.

The principal use of dance notation is the documentation, analysis and reconstruction of choreography and dance styles or technical movements.
In Western culture there are two major systems used: Labanotation (also called as Kinetography Laban) and Benesh Movement Notation.
Another purpose of dance notation is the documentation and examination of dance in dance ethnology. Here the notation is used to document an existing dance but not to plan a new choreography.

Several methods have been developed to visually represent dance movements including:
  • Figurative representation
  • Abstract symbols
  • Numerical systems
  • Track or path mapping
  • Graphic notation
  • Music notation
  • Letter and word notations

Notation and Computers

The advanced media technologies offer extraordinary opportunities for the dance community to preserve, creation and learning its dance styles more efficient and effective manner.
The dance technology offer four areas of dance notation investigate and expansion:
  • Notation editing software for the creation of printed notation scores.
  • Machine-readable versions of existing dance notation.
  • Handwritten and / or machine readable dance notation for computer animation and Human use.
  • Machine specific movement notation such as Motion captures data.