Thank you! Yes those dark  circles/half circles are movement arrows (traveling). They can be more detailed; these are simplified.

Actually I videotaped it. I don't do shorthand DanceWriting anymore!

I have lots of class work, even some notated Cecchetti technique, altho I'm sure by now the curriculum has changed again.

I'll send you notes from Stanley Holden Ballet Academy center work one day in class (again, this is receptive -- expressive wasn't "born" yet :c)

BTW the old (10 yrs ago?) SW program allowed me to make little tiny dancers; sadly the new program doesn't work that way!

On Aug 27, 2013, at 11:28 PM, Pel Tini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Beautiful and clearly written Nancy.

The movement sign on the music bar in between the figures, is that used when traveling.? . Since I have been using arrows I forgot what it stands for. I remember the sign though
I have to spend some time to search for my instruction book.
You did a great job taking it from T.V.
I don't think I am that fast anymore. I use to sit behind a choreographer and speed write on a roll of paper when there was no Video readily available, a long, long time ago.

I'll see if I can find some more of my old notes of class work that travels. Just for the sake of comparisen. Do you have any?

Thanks Nancy.



On 2013-08-26, at 4:04 PM, Romero wrote:

Okay, here's 3 pages (I hope) of a solo from Nutcracker Ballet (all receptive, since it was on TV):

<p.1 of 3 receptive.jpeg>

<p.2 of 3 receptive.jpeg>

<p.3 of 3 receptive.jpeg>

Nancy R.

On Aug 27, 2013, at 12:57 AM, Pel Tini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Oh I am glad you can read it Nancy. No you haven't sent any of yours. That is O.K. although I am anxious to see it.



On 2013-08-26, at 2:32 PM, Romero wrote:

I can read it easily Tini! Thank you. Did I send you some of my work? Forgive me that I can't remember.


On Aug 26, 2013, at 11:48 PM, Pel Tini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello Nancy and Valerie
Below is a plie exercise from the ballet Work-out. I hope you can read it.
I only use facing arrows instead of the in and out shadow circles. for facing directions. It works a bit faster for me.
It did not come over to well eh. Anyway I am glad I learned to scan again. It has been a long time. If you are interested I will send some centre work. I hope to get better in scanning though.



<Scan 1.pdf>

On 2013-08-06, at 3:07 PM, Romero wrote:

Hello Tini,

How nice to hear from you, and that you know dance writing. I also learned the Labanotation method, but since I already knew dance writing, I quickly forgot Laban! Notation was a required subject when I was a dance major in college, and they did not accept dance writing at the time! Only learned a little of Benesh -- they had a good idea but incomplete. Dance writing - excellent! -- I have many, many pages of different choreographers' combinations from ballet classes, as well as a company barre from ABT, Ceccheti grades, & some notated solos from television.

I also found out about dance writing in 1975. Wondering, when you use dance writing, do you write from a receptive or expressive view? I have both.

If you'd like, maybe we could scan some of our work for educational purposes, or just to compare notes.

And feel free to write whenever you like! Most of the time I am at this computer, translating Scripture into American Sign Language.

Nancy Romero
Poway California 

On Aug 7, 2013, at 12:01 AM, "Pel Tini" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello Nancy,

My name is Tini Pel and have been dance writing for a long time, so great to read that you sign-write dance , Is it possible to correspond together.

I have first been introduced to dance-writing by Valery in Denmark during the 7-tees and fell in love with it.  My first introduction in dance writing was via Laban. I switch over to Benesh a simpler version, but when I saw Valerie Sutton  explaining it in Denmark, I was sold.
What a clear, quick, readable her method is. I have thought it to many students in my years of teaching ballet when we did not have recorders. Then later it was only used for a quick reminder during exams times.
I have moved several times from town to town and lost my instruction books. I did some exams in writing even those result have been lost during moving. I still have some class work and often look back at it for ideas.

I hope you have time to reply,

thanks Nancy,

Tini Pel

On 2013-08-06, at 10:12 AM, Romero wrote:

Thank you Maria!


On Aug 5, 2013, at 11:54 PM, maria galea <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

This is AMAZING! the amount of SignWriting literature is incredible! :)
Well done to all involved!!

On 6 August 2013 01:40, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
SignWriting List
August 5, 2013

ANNOUNCING! is now a larger web site, with many new PDF documents added in the past week...

The majority of the New Testament is now written in ASL, plus 12 Psalms of Comfort.

To read or print the PDF files, click on the links below:





Acts (not yet available)


1 Corinthians (not yet available)

2 Corinthians (not yet available)



1 Thessalonians

1 Timothy





1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John


Revelation (not yet available)

12 Psalms of Comfort is the vision of Nancy Romero, an ASL interpreter and dancer who is skilled in both SignWriting and DanceWriting. Nancy has worked with me since the early days of the invention. We first met in 1975 I believe. Nancy is the most skilled at the entire Sutton Movement Writing system, because she has written volumes of DanceWriting documents as well as thousands of pages of SignWriting literature (and I am not exaggerating here…it really is thousands of pages of SW literature…)

Nancy translated almost the entire New Testament and 12 Psalms from the The New Living Translation (NLT), into American Sign Language, as she would interpret it, and then wrote the translations in SignWriting in SignPuddle Online, in the ASL Bible Books database. Then Nancy prepared the PDF documents with SignWriting DocumentMaker Pro software, and then I did the web site using DreamWeaver, following Nancy's design specs.

There is one section on that is different. The Gospel According to Mark is written in SignWriting by James and Maria Orlow at the Shores Deaf Church in Michigan, directed by Pastor Ron Dettloff. James and Maria transcribed an ASL video of the Gospel According to Mark made by Deaf Missions. 

We are all very grateful to Nancy, Ron, James and Maria for providing us with these documents and with this beautiful web site!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And this is only the beginning - There is more to come!

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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