The Creative Dance Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the enjoyment of dance to young people between the ages of 3 and 18 years.
C.D.A. is designed for and dedicated to teaching the concepts of dance. Children spend their time dancing, learning the concepts and techniques of dance and creating their own routines, not learning A dance piece to be performed at a recital or festival. The Creative Dance Association is a place where students can develop their creative potential in a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. We offer classes for a variety of ages & instruction in a variety of dance styles.
Dancers also have the opportunity to perform at our annual Spring Concert. For the more serious dancer we have our own modern repertory performing company - Dance Imagination.
MODERN DANCE IS. . .
Modern dance developed in the early part of the twentieth century as a revolt against the stylized formality of ballet. Modern dance is often concerned with the communication of emotions or ideas through movement; sometimes it is concerned simply with movement itself.
Modern dance is a living, growing, changing art form. There are no established steps or patterns. Modern dancers search for a way of using natural movement as a means of expressing themselves.
Some of the early pioneers in modern dance were Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Well known modern dancers today include Karen Jamieson, Judith Marcuse and Anna Wyman.
The vocabulary of modern dance is not as standardized as the classical ballet vocabulary. However, the basic elements of movement are space, time and force. These elements are defined below. It is this vocabulary, when understood and explored, that students use to create and enjoy dance! *
THE CONCEPT OF SPACE THE CONCEPT OF MOVEMENT
Place - self, general, positive, negative empty Locomotor
Levels - high, medium, low walk, run, jump, hop, leap, gallop, slide,
Size - big, medium, small, near reach, far reach skip, crawl, roll, etc.
Direction - forwards, backwards, left, right, up down combined - step-hop, waltz run, jop,
Pathway - straight, curved, zig zag schottische, two-step, grapevine, creep,
Focus - single focus, multi focus prance, slither, etc.
THE CONCEPT OF TIME bend, twist, stretch, swing, push, pull,
fall, melt, sway, turn, spin, dodge, kick,
Speed - fast, slow, medium poke, lift, carve, curl, lunge, slash, dab,
Rhythm - even, uneven, pulse, pattern,breath punch, flick, float, glide, press, wring,
shake, rise, sink, burst, wiggle, etc.
THE CONCEPT OF FORCE
Weight- strong, light
Quality- sharp (sudden), smooth (sustained)
THE CONCEPT OF FORM
Flow - free, bound Narrative - in the form of a story
Recurring Theme - canon, round, theme Broken Form - unrelated ideas
ABA - a = one phrase, b = different. Suite - 3 parts, medium, slow, fast
Abstract - a geometric form
THE CONCEPT OF BODY
Parts- head, neck, arms, wrists, elbows, fingers, spine,
trunk, legs, knees, feet, toes, ankles, heels, shoulders
Shape- curvy, straight, angular, twisted, wide, narrow
Relationships - over/under, on/off, in/out, left/right,
near/far, above/below, around/through, unison/contrast
body parts to body parts, individuals to groups,
body parts to objects, alone/connected, beside/
between, individuals or groups to objects, etc.
Balance - on balance, off balance
* References - Modern Dance - An Adult Beginners Guide, by Natalie Willman Duffy
- Creative Dance For All Ages, by Anne Green Gilbert