What is weight sharing?

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What is weight sharing?

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Feb 06, 2012
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear dancer,

One of the technical features of contemporary dance is to use the weight of the body, instead of muscular force, to create and facilitate movement.

When using the weight of the body to move, a lot of muscles relax and there's less expenditure of energy. Therefore, many contemporary dance techniques have assimilated this technical alternative as part of their training routine.

Use of weight can be applied to couple or group dances. The same principles of relaxing and using gravity are used; dancers share the weight of their bodies. Leaning, allowing the flow of movement produced by imbalances, falls and momentum, produce and facilitate the movement.

That is a strategy used constantly in contact improvisation, for example. Though, as a technical skill, weight sharing can be applied to any type of dance.

I hope this answers your question. Don't hesitate to answer back through this same thread if there's something you still want to ask.

Warm regards,


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