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How Do Dancers Learn To Dance?


We are interested in supporting motor skill acquisition in highly creative skilled practices such as dance. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 11 professional dancers to better understand how they learn new dance movements. We found that each dancer engages in a set of operations, including imitation, segmentation, marking, or applying movement variations. We also found a progression in learning dance movements composed of three steps consistently reported by dancers: analysis, integration and personalization. In this study, we aim to provide an empirical foundation to better understand the acquisition of dance movements from the perspective of the learner.
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hal-01849604 , version 1 (26-07-2018)
hal-01849604 , version 2 (22-07-2019)



Jean-Philippe Rivière, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Baptiste Caramiaux, Wendy Mackay. How Do Dancers Learn To Dance?: A first-person perspective of dance acquisition by expert contemporary dancers. MOCO 2018 - 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing, Jun 2018, Gênes, Italy. pp.1-8, ⟨10.1145/3212721.3212723⟩. ⟨hal-01849604v2⟩
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