Computer Graphics
TU Braunschweig

On the Beat: Analysing and Evaluating Synchronicity in Dance Performances

On the Beat: Analysing and Evaluating Synchronicity in Dance Performances

This paper presents a method to analyse and evaluate synchronicity in dance performances automatically. Synchronisation of a dancer's movement and the accompanying music is a vital characteristic of dance performances.

We propose a method that fuses computer vision-based extraction of dancers' body pose information and audio beat tracking to examine the alignment of the dance motions with the background music. Specifically, the motion of the dancer is analysed for rhythmic dance movements that are then subsequently correlated to the musical beats of the soundtrack played during the performance. Using a single mobile phone video recording of a dance performance only, our system is easily usable in dance rehearsal contexts.

Our method evaluates accuracy for every motion beat of the performance on a timeline giving users detailed insight into their performance. We evaluated the accuracy of our method using a dataset containing 17 video recordings of real world dance performances.

Our results closely match assessments by professional dancers, indicating correct analysis by our method.

Author(s):Malte Menzel, Jan-Philipp Tauscher, Marcus Magnor
Published:September 2023
Type:Article in conference proceedings
Book:Proc. Vision, Modeling and Visualization (VMV) (The Eurographics Association)
Presented at:Vision, Modeling and Visualization (VMV) 2023

  title = {On the Beat: Analysing and Evaluating Synchronicity in Dance Performances},
  author = {Menzel, Malte and Tauscher, Jan-Philipp and Magnor, Marcus},
  booktitle = {Proc. Vision, Modeling and Visualization ({VMV})},
  organization = {Eurographics},
  isbn = {978-3-03868-232-5},
  doi = {10.2312/vmv.20231230},
  editor = {T. Grosch and M. Guthe},
  pages = {89--96},
  month = {Sep},
  year = {2023}