Choreographic Concepts

In this unit students will learn, create, develop and apply choreographic concepts that are used to create aesthetic movements into a structured routine.

Essential Unit Question (MYP):
How do the use of choreographic concepts such as space, time, level, travel, flow and force form the basis of creating a movement piece?

Area(s) of Interaction (MYP):
Human Ingenuity

Unit Project – Pathways

Pathways Task, Resources and Materials


Concepts of Choreography

Space – is the area in which we move our bodies. We can use space in the following ways:

  • Personal – we each move our own body in the area immediately surrounding us
  • General – in the area around us
  • Movements – Large movements that use a lot of space (eg leap) OR Small movements using limited space (eg head)
  • How you connect with others in your group

Time – is the pace or speed that the movement occurs.

  • Slow movements display good control and technique
  • Staying in time with the music
  • Staying in time with the people in your group
  • Starting on the beginning of the phrase
  • Using fast, sudden, slow, sustained
  • Must reflect the mood and the rhythm of the music

Level – is the ability to use the different levels or heights

  • Jumps and leaps display the higher levels
  • Walking or general traveling use the middle level
  • Rolls or ground work display the lower levels

Travel – is moving in different ways. Think about how you are going to move from skill to skill. The movement patterns are:

  • Forwards
  • Backwards
  • Sidewards
  • Diagonal
  • Circular
  • How you move – the skills

Flow – is making the movements flow smoothly from one skill to the next.

  • Transitions
  • Shape
  • Movement

Force – is the degree of energy that is needed to perform.

  • Small static movements require little force
  • High force or energy on faster movements
  • Walking transitions require little energy
  • Transitions from down to up or vice versa require a lot of energy

Using these concepts, students will produce a map of their movements according to the general cues given to them and then present the routine as a whole, complete composition.

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