Dramatic Movement Through Family Ties
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Elements of Dance—Rhythm
Rhythm can come from the music selected for the dance or from a pace set by the dancer in contrast to the rhythm of the music to create a conflict. Rhythm can be used to arouse emotions and evoke power. Rhythm is the driving force in social and folk dancing and these can be used in numerous ways to explore rhythm. One project might be to have the class follow every fourth beat of a popular song to see if there is a pattern to the “street dancing” steps used for certain rhythm patterns. Another would be to listen to the beat in a folk dance to see how the rhythm of the feet follow the music or deviate from the music to add their own rhythm elements.