20 terms

Modern Vocabulary

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Abstraction
An idea or concept conveyed through movement and removed from its original context
Accent
A strong movement gesture
Axial movement
Movement anchored to one spot by a body part. Only the available space in any direction is used while the initial body contact is being maintained. Movement is organized around the axis of the body and is not designed travel from one location to another. Examples include stretching, bending, turning in place, gesturing.
Balance
A state of equilibrium referring to the balance of weight or the spatial arrangement of bodies. Designs may be balanced on both sides of center (symmetrical) or balanced off center (asymmetrical).
Counterbalance
A weight that balances another weight. In dance it usually refers to one or more dancers combining their weight in stillness or in motion to achieve a movement or design that is independent. Any limit in one direction must be given a counterweight.
Dance sequence
Order in which a series of movements and shape occurs.
Dance structures
Manner in which a dance is constructed or organized; a supporting framework or the essential parts of a dance.
Focus
In general, a gathering of forces to increase the projection of intent. In particularly, refers to a dancer's line of sight.
Isolated movement
Movement executed with one body part or a small part of the body. Examples are rolling the head, shrugging the shoulders, and rotating the pelvis.
Modern dance
A type of dance that began as a rebellion against steps and positions and values expressive and original or authentic movement. It's a 20th century idiom.
Movement pattern
A repeated sequence of movement ideas, a rhythmic movement sequence, a spatial design on the floor or in the air, or a specific relationship or grouping of people.
Movement problem
An idea or task that serves as a point of departure for dance exploration and composing, usually with specific criteria.
Musical phrasing
A grouping and articulation of a group of notes that form a logical unit.
Musicality
A dancer's attention and responsiveness to musical elements.
Partner/group skills
Skills requiring cooperation, coordination, and dependence; including imitation, lead and follow, echo, mirroring, and call and response.
Projection
A confident presentation of one's body and energy to communicate movement and meaning clearly to an audience.
Retrograde
To reverse the order of a sequence of dance choreography.
Technique
Physical skills of a dancer that enable him or her to execute the steps and movements required in different dances. Different styles or genres of dance often have specific techniques.
Transition
When a movement, phrase, or section of a dance progresses into the next.
Work
A piece of choreography or a dance