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February 22, 2015

The document is in Portuguese ;-)

I think Lauro may have been influenced by some photos I placed on the web once, showing a dancer and then drawing a stick figure on top of the photos - of course DanceWriting is a bit more formal than just that, but in recent years I have been wondering if maybe all the detail we placed in DanceWriting wasn’t so necessary after all - I think the basic stick figure is wonderful and really works for everyone, and there is nothing new about that - stick figures are as old as the cave drawings and natural to our thinking -

So you know, the Position Symbols that are underneath the old DanceWriting documents that are so detailed…I am not so sure they are always needed - years ago I was under pressure because we were being compared to other dance notation systems - and one of the arguments was that DanceWriting was “too visual” and not detailed enough - so I added details with abstract symbols under the stick figure - nothing wrong with that either, and the Position Symbols do work and give added information on depth and certainly can still be used, but I notice that new people learning DanceWriting ignore a lot of the details and still find value in the basic visual nature of the system…

Right now it seems that our books are being purchased on Amazon.com <http://amazon.com/> most of the time, and the best seller for DanceWriting is our old “Collection of Classical Ballet Variations” that does have the formal details as well as the stick figure:

in Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Collection-Classical-Ballet-Variations-Valerie/dp/0914336193 <http://www.amazon.com/Collection-Classical-Ballet-Variations-Valerie/dp/0914336193>

but it also can be downloaded for free on the DanceWriting site:

http://www.dancewriting.org/acrobat/ballet/Collection_Ballet_Variation.pdf <http://www.dancewriting.org/acrobat/ballet/Collection_Ballet_Variation.pdf>

http://www.dancewriting.org/library/ballet/index.html <http://www.dancewriting.org/library/ballet/index.html>

but back to SignWriting...

Val ;-)


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> On Feb 21, 2015, at 2:07 PM, Pel Tini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Hello Valerie and Lauro,
> Very interesting and enjoyed reading it. I was able to see which way you are facing, although I got confused a bIt relating the photos with the drawings.
> Would be fun to get together, although I can not understand or write Spanish. Is it Spanish?
> Thanks Valerie for posting this  on the list.
> Hope all is well with you.
> Tini.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Feb 21, 2015, at 1:24 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> 
>> SignWriting List
>> February 21, 2015
>> 
>> Madson Barreto told me about a paper written on DanceWriting in Brazil -
>> 
>> http://www.def.unir.br/downloads/1243_notacao_coreografica__aplicacao_do_sistema_dancewrite___shor.pdf <http://www.def.unir.br/downloads/1243_notacao_coreografica__aplicacao_do_sistema_dancewrite___shor.pdf>
>> 
>> Thank you very much to Madson for telling me about this paper …
>> 
>> And thank you to the author, Lauro Leudo dos Santos Batista, for writing it in 2009...
>> 
>> If you scroll down in the document, you can see it is writing belly dancing, with stick figures -
>> 
>> Lots of fun!
>> 
>> Val ;-)
>> 


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