Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

The evolution of dance

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Noémie Lafrance

  1. Improvise moving to the music and come up with an eight-count phrase. (In dance, a phrase is a short series of moves that can be repeated.)
  2. When you find a phrase you like, loop (repeat) it.
  3. When you see someone else with a stronger phrase, copy it.
  4. When everyone is doing the same phrase, the exercise is over.

—Dance exercise attributed by David Byrne to Noémie Lafrance

Written by nevalalee

August 16, 2015 at 8:17 am

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  1. I love this. I spent a good portion of my life choreographing, practicing and performing dance, but my favorite is just dancing for fun after a few drinks. This sort of exercise is played out there in a sense, everyone feeding off of each other’s creativity to create their own moves. Everyone makes everyone else a better dancer and I wonder why we don’t apply the logic of this exercise to more things. It’s a good template for managing others as well: by example, by consensus. People are following because they see value in what you’re doing and want to of their own will. Thanks for sharing this!


    August 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm

  2. @originaltitle: It’s a nice story, isn’t it? And it only dramatizes, or accelerates, what other types of artists are doing all the time.


    September 6, 2015 at 2:22 pm

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