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Group Design

Group formations are shapes and patterns created when a group of dancers perform. Typical designs include lines, circles, curves, V-shapes, and squares. Dancers might be tightly clustered or scattered, and their arrangements could be symmetric or asymmetric. Dancers can also create structures in three dimensions. Some examples can be: 

- a line of dancers can be used to show powered solidarity, or it can be fluid and ever-changing

- a circle of dancers could symbolize something more menacing

- symmetric shapes and patterns can give the impression of balance and harmony

- asymmetric designs can have a more unbalanced and unpredictable feel

The dancers' focus, actions, and dynamic qualities will all affect the meaning or expression of group designs. Interesting group formations can help 'tell the story' and play an essential part in structuring the dance by providing contrast and creating highlights and climaxes. 

Numerical Variation

Numerical variation is how you use the number of dancers in the group in time, space, and through action. Example: choreography with five dancers

  • 1+1+1+1+1 (dancers enter one at a time)

  • 4+1 (four dancers in unison and one dancer still)

  • 2+3 (contact work in duo and trio)

  • 1+2+2 (a sequence in canon started by one dancer)

  • 5 (all fine in unison)

Odds or evens

Odd numbers of dancers (trios or fives) create asymmetry and more relationship opportunities. 

In contrast, duos and quartets (even numbers) create a more balanced and formal effect. 

Solo, duo, group

During the course, you will have opportunities to work alone, in pairs, and in different-sized groups. For your final assessment, you can choreograph a solo, duo, or group of up to five dancers. Consider this carefully and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of group size. Choosing the number of dancers that best suits your stimulus and movement idea is crucial, and remember that you do not have to perform in your choreography. 

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