The Language of Movement Expressed in Dance

May 16, 2011

Moshe Feldenkrais once said that we don’t learn to move rather, we move to learn. Even before a child begins to identify objects in the environment she explores her body parts. Gradually she discovers her hands, arms, legs, head, torso, chest and pelvis. As curiosity grows and the child wants to reach into her immediate environment she begins to move these body parts and the basic elements of movement begin to emerge as she learns to flex, extend, rotate, etc. Gaining control over her physical body allows the child to satisfy her curiosity and discover the world.

Most of us learn to move well enough to get our needs met but there are some people that take it to another level. For whatever reason they see more potential and value in becoming increasingly fluent in their ability to move; movement becomes a language that can express emotion, tell a story or paint a picture.

As you watch this video of a dance piece choreographed by Seattle choreographer, Paige Barnes and danced by Bianca Cabrera, notice the articulation of each movement. Watch how one movement flows into the next in much the same way one would construct a sentence, a paragraph and ultimately an entire story.

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