Non-locomotor movement is “movement that moves around the axis of the body (the spine) rather than movement which takes the body through space.” Non-locomotor movement is anchored movement. It stays in one place. Basic non-locomotor movements include bend-straighten, twist-turn, swing-rock, push-pull, curl-stretch, and rise-fall. As with locomotor movement, non-locomotor dance movements are found in every dance technique I have ever seen. They are wonderful choices for choreography creation as well as dancer exploration. Of course, just like locomotor movement, a choreographer can create new non-locomotor movements for any dance.
Is there any dance form or lifestyle movement that does not have locomotor and/or non-locomotor movement as its base? I don’t think you can name one. Therefore, because locomotor/non-locomotor movements cement the foundation for all motion, these two categories are great ways to access choreography for dancers with a variety of abilities. They are also a beginning point for someone who wants to create choreography and doesn’t know where to start.
So get busy using locomotor and non-locomotor movement as you design choreography that gives glory to God. I’ll look forward to hearing about what you create!