What is Dance? by Ken Manheimer

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is a progression of movements, and spaces between movements, where
those that come later agree in vital ways with what those that came
before. What distinguishes dance from other activities that involve
this quality is that it is at dance’s center.

in choreographed dance, the progressions are in some way designed
ahead of time.

in improvised dance, the progression and its unfolding is
discovered along the way.

in improvised collaborative dance, the partners share the discovery
process, together developing their dance as they dance it (and, as
it dances them.)

more briefly, dance is a container for realizing and growing forms in
which enjoyable engagement with movement thrives.

Ken Manheimer likes contact improvisation and computers very much (but not at the same time.)

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