Understanding and measuring rhythmic quality in dance. What is a movement accent?

Xavier Mora and Marta Pellicer
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 111–118 Regular Papers


The concept of rhythmic quality in dance is analysed. Attention is focused on the simple case where the motion reduces to the translation of a single point. It is shown that the human perception of movement accents in such motions corresponds to defining these accents as strong concentrations in time of the magnitude of the acceleration vector. Practical methods for effectively measuring this variable are also studied.