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Sensors 2017, 17(5), 1171; doi:10.3390/s17051171

Bodily Expression Support for Creative Dance Education by Grasping-Type Musical Interface with Embedded Motion and Grasp Sensors

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Department of Intelligent Interaction Technologies, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8573, Japan
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Center for Innovative Medicine and Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8577, Japan
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Yamaguchi, T.; Kadone, H. Supporting creative dance performance by grasping-type musical interface. In Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), Bali, Indonesia, 5–10 December 2014.
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Received: 6 February 2017 / Revised: 6 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 20 May 2017
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Abstract

Dance has been made mandatory as one of the physical education courses in Japan because it can cultivate capacities for expression and communication. Among several types of dance education, creative dance especially contributes to the cultivation of these capacities. However, creative dance requires some level of particular skills, as well as creativity, and it is difficult to presuppose these pre-requisites in beginner-level dancers without experience. We propose a novel supporting device for dance beginners to encourage creative dance performance by continuously generating musical sounds in real-time in accordance with their bodily movements. It has embedded sensors developed for this purpose. Experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of the device were conducted with ten beginner-level dancers. Using the proposed device, the subjects demonstrated enhanced creative dance movements with greater variety, evaluated in terms of Laban dance movement description. Also, using the device, they performed with better accuracy and repeatability in a task where they produced an imagined circular trajectory by hand. The proposed interface is effective in terms of creative dance activity and accuracy of motion generation for beginner-level dancers. View Full-Text
Keywords: creative dance; supporting dance education; grasping-type interface; embedded sensing device; motion analysis creative dance; supporting dance education; grasping-type interface; embedded sensing device; motion analysis
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Yamaguchi, T.; Kadone, H. Bodily Expression Support for Creative Dance Education by Grasping-Type Musical Interface with Embedded Motion and Grasp Sensors. Sensors 2017, 17, 1171.

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