DanceWriting is a way to read and
write any kind of dance movement. A stick figure is written on
a five-lined staff. Each line of the staff represents a specific
level. The bottom line of the staff is called the Foot Line.
It represents the ground. The next line up is the Knee Line,
which is at knee level, when the stick figure stands straight.
The next line up is the Hip Line, and after that, the Shoulder
When the figure bends its knees or jumps in
the air, it is lowered or raised accordingly on the staff. The
five-lined staff acts as a level guide. Figures and symbols are
written from left to right, notating movement position by position,
as if stopping a film frame by frame: