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A system of movement notation for dance that employs various symbols to record the points of a dancer's body, the direction of a dancer's movement, the tempo, and the dynamics.

[After Rudolph Laban (1879-1958), Hungarian choreographer + (n)otation.]


(Ballet) a system for recording ballet movements invented by Rudolph Laban
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Noun1.Labanotation - a system of notation for dance movements that uses symbols to represent points on a dancer's body and the direction of the dancer's movement and the tempo and the dynamics
choreography - a notation used by choreographers
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Non-ballet courses required: Modern, jazz, tap or musical theater, dance history, choreography, music for dancers, biology for dancers, pedagogy, kinesiology, Labanotation, dance conditioning
His work laid the foundations for Laban Movement Analysis, Labanotation (Kinetography Laban), other more specific developments in dance notation and the evolution of many varieties of Laban Movement Study.
com) is a Fulbright Scholar, an ethnomusicologist, musician, dancer, certified teacher of Labanotation, and creator of Greenotation, a system for notating the percussion instruments of African ensembles.
Dr Valerie Preston-Dunlop, senior lecturer and choreographer: papers incl research and Labanotation 1940-90 (2009/50)
This wholly scientific but also somewhat impractical system of movement notation was developed by choreographer Rudolf Laban in the 1920s and elaborated and codified by his student Ann Hutchinson Guest; like preceding, less effective, attempts at "writing" dance (the Beauchamp-Feuillet system for ballet, or Vladimir Stepanov's 1892 Alphabet des Mouvements du Corps Humain, for example), Labanotation is at once a symptom of and a frustrated antidote to the anxiety surrounding dance's ephemerality.
Labanotation is one of the primary systems associated with anthropological studies, by both Kurath and others, partially due to its non-genre-specific notational symbols and also to its original conception by Rudolf Laban as a universal movement matrix (Hutchinson 1977: 6).
Jory Hancock, head of UA's Dance Division, suggested that the architects look at the Labanotation of Serenade, the first piece that George Balanchine (founder of the School of American Ballet) created for his students.
These dances were reconstructed by Rader from Labanotation scores (presumably made from previous Sutton reconstructions).
Dance majors must also take composition, music for dance, lighting design, technical stage application, dance history, Labanotation, anatomy and kinesiology for dancers and dance criticism, theory and philosophy.
Therefore, he brought a personality to Ghana to teach Labanotation, a system for writing dance movements on paper, to preserve the integrity and authenticity of Ghanaian dances.
This is part of the appeal of something like Labanotation, which is an effort to develop a universal signage system for movement; it exists at the intersection of verbal and nonverbal experience.