What does UNITY in dance mean?

by 리인

What does UNITY in dance mean?? I really need the meaning as soon as possible..I'm a dance major and I'm going to report about UNITY and our dance teacher just simply said "search it in the internet"...my group mates are trying their BEST to search for it and they couldn't find it....that’s why I have to make a move....so please...

Comments for What does UNITY in dance mean?

Click here to add your own comments

Nov 15, 2012
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear 리인,

As far as I know, the word 'unity' does not have a specific meaning within the field of contemporary dance. However, dancers may use that expression indeed to refer to facts from our dancing experience. For example:

- When directing choreography for groups, you may insist on synchronization between dancers (what we call unison as well) or with the music, by asking for more 'unity'.

- When talking about the dramatic coherence of the choreographic vocabulary of a piece, you may refer to it as its general 'unity'.

- When talking about a technical sensation, in which the idea is to have a global perception of our dancing body instead of thinking movement as if it was executed by parts of the body, you may ask for a movement image of bodily 'unity'.

Etc., etc...

'Unity' is a very general term. It may have a specific meaning for a particular dance technique, dance genre or choreographic project. In that case, I can not know what your teacher has in mind. Otherwise, I believe the meaning of the word depends on the use that each person makes of it in each dancing context.

I hope this helps.

Warm regards,


Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Dance Questions About Theory and History.

Enjoy this page? You can pay it forward easily. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.


The Dance Thinker is our occasional E-zine. Fill in the form below to receive it for free and join us.


"The Dance Thinker"

Post contemporary dance announcements (workshops, auditions, performances, meetings and important news... it is free.)