Dance: Interpretative/Performance Skills

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Name and describe 4 interpretative skills used by a dancer. Explain the importance of each of these skills in dance performance. Give examples of how you have used these skills in your own work.

All performance/interpretative skills are extremely important in any routine. There are various skills that each dancer must consider, the notable ones for this essay will be: Projection, Clarity of movement, Energy and Focus. I will be attempting to analyze, explain and give examples of these in my works during this essay.

Firstly, Projection as an interpretative skill helps us to convey a lot to the audience. Depending on the chereography extension can be used to show a number of things. The projection of the movements you're performing often details the emotion and the mood of the dance at that moment. Projection is described as 'giving out a certain energy from all or parts of the body'. Projection can help make movements in motifs a lot more elegant and controlled, but minimal projection can show a range of different emotions and can have a specified effect. In a classical ballet piece an example of good projection would be a dancer standing in ballet fifth, with her arms slightly curved at the elbow joint and a nice balletic hand shape. A bad example would be a dancer who was standing in fifth with her shoulders hunched up, her elbows angled with sharp and edgy hands that do not resemble a smooth shape. Projection is the extension of movement, and the concept of finishing moves.

Furthermore, clarity of movement is a performance skill that benefits dancers in many ways and can help improve your dancing ability just by paying attention to the smaller details. Clarity Of Movement is the precision of each move in a motif, any variations on this performance skill can change a movement completely. Clarity of movement comes in extremely important when there is a routine that relies heavily on unison and formation, a troupe of 8 could do a motif with the same...
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