Working with your partner(s), select a piece of music.

With  your chosen piece of music, explore dancing to the music -- connecting to different aspects of it, "saying" the same thing as the music, going against the music, and entering into conversation with the music.  Create a dance that includes a range of interactions with the music including at least one example being very much with the music, one example of being very much against the music, and one example of a conversation with the music. 

Be selective in what you include in your dance.  What makes your dance a whole other than the music?  What does your dance say in combination with, in addition to, or about the music?

At some point, create sections for your dance in which one dancer is not on stage and may serve as choreographer/director from the outside.  Give each dancer the opportunity to direct the other(s) in such a section.  One idea for how to generate such a section is to take a movement idea from the group portion of the piece and develop it.  (Remember your skills from week 1 when you made a whole dance out of one movement and your skills from week 5 when you made a whole dance from one idea.)

Lastly, compose your dance so that you use THE WHOLE PIECE of music. Do not fade out the sound or stop in the middle.  You may dance in silence on either end of the music if your composition needs it. 

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