Form and/or Function
Rotation or twist is a basic dance action which can involve the limbs (arm and head placement in port de bras, use of turn out in the legs) and torso (twist/épaulement).
Notes on our approach
In this center warm up exercise the dancers were led through an exploration, rotating/twisting different body parts which were then set on counted phrases. This exercise prepared for the barre: tendu and the centre: port de bras exercise, but is of course also applied in centre: support positions for plié and barre: plié.
Rotations for 8 counts each
- Arm right then left
- Leg right and left
- Torso with arms on hips
- Torso with arm swings
Depending on the class group, I would not use all of these variations but limit them to a number of variations of their choosing. Additional variations can include arm/legs straight or bent, wrists or feet etc.
- Apply rotation/turn out in different contexts
- Develop a phrase with this movement principle.
- Observe the different choices the dancers make
- The task is to rotate one part freely while keeping the rest of the body still. What feedback would you give?
- What would be an appropriate next challenge or learning goal?