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Diagrams of Aerobatic Routines

On a recent trip to the National Air and Space museum, I noticed an exhibit about Patty Wagstaff, a well-known (in the right circles) aerobatic champion. Part of the exhibit includes one of her winning routines, documented in Aresti notation. Pilots competing in aerobatic competitions submit these routines to the competition judges, who then score the pilot; each maneuver has an associated difficulty which also figures into the score.

The Aresti key was later revised/updated by CIVA.

Thought these types of displays make a good companion to the diagrams of dance notation available in Tufte's book Envisioning Information.

-- Scott Zetlan (email)

Dance notation is mentioned on p. 82 of "Visual Explanations"

The above paper on laban notation references Feuillet's dance notation system (first published in 1800) which I often think about after visiting these discussions.

I think the Feuillet notation is just gorgeous to look at, even if you haven't got a clue about the dancing, and if you are learning the dancing, an amazing amount of information is presented in a pretty tight space. (scroll down to about mid page)

-- Andrea (email)

There are 6 pages at the end of Envisioning Information on dance notation.

-- Edward Tufte

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