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Motif description is a form of dance notation. It is a subset and reconception of Labanotation sharing a common lexis. The main difference between the two forms is the type of information they record.

* Labanotation: Detailed description of movement so it may be reproduced exactly as it was performed or conceived.
* Motif description: Depicts the most important elements, the essential aspects of the movement sequence.

Motif description was created by Ann Hutchinson-Guest as a way to notate and record the essence of a movement sequence without the rigidity of Labanotation.[citation needed] Many (though not all) of the symbols are the same though the structure and grammar are slightly different.

Motif description is often used as an alternative to Labanotation when information needs to be written down quickly.

Laban is a system and language for understanding, observing, describing and notating all forms of movement. Devised by Rudolf Laban, LMA draws on his theories of effort and shape to describe, interpret and document human movement. Used as a tool by dancers, athletes, physical and occupational therapists, it is one of the most widely used systems of human movement analysis.

Extended by the work of Irmgard Bartenieff, the system is known also as Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis or Laban Movement Studies and comprises:


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