Dancing and the importance of working with others

It is often essential to dance in pairs and groups. Working with others requires a combination of ideas, to create an outstanding performance. Participants will need to include some or all of the following ideas:

  • mirroring – this technique requires dancers to do the same travel, jump, shape or balance at exactly the same time
  • leading and following – these movements require one dancer to lead and the other partners to follow
  • meeting, avoiding or passing by – these movements require dancers to travel towards each other and then move right or left to avoid and pass
  • meeting and parting – these movements require dancers to meet, turn and travel away
  • canon – this technique requires dancers to take it in turns to perform a movement that is then identically copied and performed by others
  • unison – this technique requires dancers to move at the same time as each other
  • contrasting – this technique requires dance partners to perform contrasting movements to each other