Compositional Elements

“Choreography” is the art of composing dances to express a theme, story, or emotion. Choreographers must begin with the most basic movements and build on them to create a complex performance. This process involves a series of steps. First, dancers begin with simple movements, then combine them into phrases. Various phrases are then united until they culminate into a dance. If a choreographer is talented and the dancers are skilled, the audience is unaware of the many compositional elements that made up the finished performance.


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