GCSE Dance Terminology

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Actions
What a dancer does eg travelling, turning, elevation, gesture, stillness
Accompaniment
The sound that you hear during a dance, for example percussion
Alignment
Correct placement of body parts in relation to each other
Aural setting
An audible accompaniment to the dance such as music, words, song and natural
sound (or silence)
Balance
A steady or held position achieved by an even distribution of weight
Binary
A composition in two parts or sections
Canon
When the same movements overlap in time
Choreographic devices
Methods used to develop and vary material
Choreographic intention
The aim of the dance; what the choreographer aims to communicate
Choreographic log
Documentary evidence authenticating the choreographic process
Choreographic processes
Activities involved in creating dance such as improvisation, selection and
development
Choreography
The art of creating dance
Climax
The most significant moment of the dance
Constituent features
Characteristics of choreography such as style, stimulus, subject matter,
number/gender of dancers, action content, choreographic principles, form and
structure, physical and aural settings
Contrast
Movements or shapes that have nothing in common