Decision Making Dances

There are several dancing techniques that use breathing to help the dancer move.  An exercise I enjoy doing with a mover is the Decision Maker Dance.  Here are the rules.

  1. When you breath into your lungs make a dance movement that goes up.
  2. When you breath out of your lungs make a dance movement that goes down.

I learned this idea by studying José Limón technique and Jennifer Muller technique.  You can click on their names to learn more about them.

Once you’ve practiced moving and breathing within the rules of the exercise; you’re ready for the next step.

Dance up and Dance down


  1. Consider your choices.  How many are there? (You can have up to 7 choices for this exercise, but I recommend narrowing choices to two.)
  2. Assign one choice to movements that go up.
  3. Assign one choice to movements that go down.
  4. If you do need additional choices you can use what is called the Movement Scale.  (Up, Down, Right, Left, Front, Back , and Diagonal)
  5. Allow yourself to make shapes in the space around you as you think or talk through your choices.
  6. Practice committing the movements to memory and select a song.
  7. Listen to the signals your body is giving you.
    • Are you smiling with one choice?
    • Are you coming back to one choice more often?
    • Are you avoiding a direction?

Working through choices can be a challenge.  This exercise will infuse some energy to the process.  Enjoy.



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