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Unbalanced; applies to a body shape or grouping of dancers in which the right and left sides do not match.

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Example of how changing focus can change the look of a movement.

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Pertaining to something that goes with or makes something else complete. The repetition of similar body lines or shapes by different dancers in a group.

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Example of contact improvisation. The dancers start and remain in contact throughout the improvisation.

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The differentiation of a movement so that it stands out in some way or the use of differing movements to add variety to a dance. For example, high movement contrasts with movement done at a low level; fast movement contrasts with slow actions.

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Counterbalancing is positioning of dancers so the weight of one balances the weight of the other.

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Example of counterbalancing between two dancers. Counterbalancing is a variation of contact improvisation.

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A demonstration of the six energy qualities.

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Example of the same movement performed in a gradually larger way.

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In this video, note the focal point in the group shapes, and how the dancers maintain a sense of energy when the shape is held.