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Dance Transitions: What Forms of Technology Best Support Professional Dancers as They Learn New Movement Styles?

Elizabeth Walton 1 Wendy Mackay 1 
1 EX-SITU - Extreme Situated Interaction
Inria Saclay - Ile de France, LISN - Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Sciences du Numérique, IaH - Interaction avec l'Humain
Abstract : Most current dance support technologies focus on dancers, teachers or choreographers who are engaged in a single activity. We are interested in creating tools that support professional dancers over longer periods of time, as their careers and personal practices evolve. We interviewed 12 professional and pre-professional dancers about a critical moment in their careers: the transition to a new dance style due to shifting interests, ageing or injury. We identify three key challenges-overcoming habits, learning new forms of movement, transitioning over time-and their strategies for addressing them. We argue that successful tools must help dancers change their mentality about new movement styles, rather than focusing solely on movement mechanics. We suggest three possible implications for design: develop "movement substrates" that handle multiple movement representations; integrate learning and reflection in a single session; and create movement definitions through movement. We conclude with a discussion of directions for future research.
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Elizabeth Walton, Wendy Mackay. Dance Transitions: What Forms of Technology Best Support Professional Dancers as They Learn New Movement Styles?. CHI 2022 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Apr 2022, New Orleans, United States. ⟨10.1145/3491102.3517448⟩. ⟨hal-03665474⟩

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