The bar that runs from bottom to top shows the course of time. The length of a symbol stands for the duration of the movement. If a symbol is twice as long as another, the movement it describes takes twice as long. The beats of the music can be measured out on the staff with short dashes. A line across the entire width of the staff gives the division into bars. A space is left open below the double bar at the beginning of the staff to indicate the start position. Figure 9 (a) shows an empty quadruple bar.
In figure 9 (b) the dancer steps forward. His first step on the middle level is slow and takes two full beats. At beat 3 he does two quick steps on the tips of the toes and on the fourth beat he ends on his bent left leg, whilst during the second half of the beat the right leg points towards backwards low.