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Direction, Level, Eye/Body Focus, Dimension
The line of locomotor movement, when a dancer moves forward, backwards, sideways, upwards, downwards, circular or diagonally
The height in relation to the distance from the floor
To do with the height, width, depth of the individual personal shape in space and also the perspective of the size of the total group or groupings of dancers in the space.
The point of concentration onto which the face, eyes or total body converges to convey a specific expression intention.
Symmetry, unison, canon, contrast, asymmetry
'Balanced'. The equal placement of the group or small groups in the performance space
Unbalanced group arrangements: the unequal or random placement of the group or small groups in the performance space
When a group of dancers are performing the same movement simultaneously
A group structure where two or more people simultaneously dance differing movements.
A minor successive time difference. This may be one movement by two or more dancers or a phrase of movement put into canon.
The static and dynamic relationship of the skeleton to the line of gravity and base of support.
Principles used to develop the ability to correctly align body parts in movement and in stillness, for example, the integrated engagement of the muscles of the abdomen to create core stability to facilitate safe placement of the pelvis and spine thus enabling ease of movement and efficient use of energy through the torso, for example,
• lifted and supported use of the arches of the feet (to avoid pronation)
• appropriate rotation of the leg in the hip socket for the individual body (to allow for the safe use of turn out)
• Maintenance of the knee over the foot (to avoid hip, knee, shin and foot injuries).
Abstraction, repetition, motif, addition, accumulation, inversion, distortion, retrograde, embellishment, orgmentation.
Includes the elements of movement, dance design, phrases and sections, unified composition, spatial organisation and group structures.
Dance-making and performance processes
Processes that relate to either learning the dance work/s of another choreographer (learning, rehearsing, performing) or students creating their own dance work/s (choreographing, rehearsing, performing).
The intention of the choreographer or reason for creating the dance. The origins of the intention may come from many sources including the choreographer's ideas, emotions, observations and exploration of movement itself.
The overall shape, organisation or development of a dance work. Formal structures provide the dance work with an overall structure; for example, binary, ternary, theme and variation, rondo, narrative and free form.
Movement anchored to one spot by a pody 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 to travel from one location to another. Examples include stretching, bending, turning in place, gesturing.
a state of equilibrium referring to the balance of weight or the spatial arrangement of bodies.
Creation and composition of dances by arranging or inventing steps, movements, and pattern of movements.
Energy of movement expressed in varying intensities, accent and quality
Movement created spontaneously, which ranges from freeform to highly structured environments, always including an element of chance.
Movement executed with one body part or a small part of the body. Examples are rooling the head, shruggung the shoulders and rotating the pelvis.
A form of physical movement progressing from one place to another. Walking, running, grapevine, galloping, leaping, jumping, hopping, skipping, sliding
A line along which a person or part of the person such as an arm or head, moves. Pathways can be linear, in circles, zigzags
the speed of the music or dance
the element of dance involving rhythm, phrasing, tempo, accent and duration. Time can be metered as in music or based on body rhythms such as breath, emotions, and heartbeat
When a movment phrase or section progresses to the next
Dance Making Process
ISARE - Improvisation, Selection, Arrangement, Refinement, Evaluate
Balance, Flexibility, Body Alignment, Control, Coordination, Performance Skills, Strength and Stamina
GLEFTS - Gesture, Locomotion, Elevation, Falling, Turning, Stilness
Elements of Movement
Time, Space and Energy
A phrase is considered the linking of two or more single movements
What is being expressed or communicated though the dance
The range between strong (firm and forceful) and light (fine and delicate) movements
Suspended, Sustained, Swinging, Percussive, Vibratory and Collapsing
Direction, Level, Focus, Dimension, Body Shapes and Pathways
The sculptural design of the body. Linear, angular, straight or curved
The size of the dancers personal movement shape or size of group in space
Beginning, Development, Resolution
The smooth movement between sections of a unified composition
Form, Expressive Intension, Movement Vocabulary
The style of the dance, Predominant physical skills, Dynamic quality of movement, appropriateness to convey the intention
Dancers performing exactly the same movement at exactly the same time
Pre- Performing Processes
Physical Warm up, Mental preparation, visualization, spacing of solo or group dance formations, physical orientation in performance space
Performance process and skills
Technical Proficiency, knowledge and clarity body actions, accurate timing, spacing, orientation in performance space, execution of solo pathways or group formations, use of eye body focus, facial expressions, projection through whole body
Process and skills used to refine choreographed or learnt dance works prior to performance
Modes of Dance
Improvisation, Learnt Work, Prepared Work
All aspects of health and conditioning related to the dancer. It includes nutrition, hydration, use of safe environment, alternative training, preventative therapies, and general body preparation for dance classes and performances.
The sculptural design of one or more bodies in space. Body shapes are
described as curved or angular.
The individual/s responsible for the creation/composition of a dance work.
Arrangement of movement sections which do not fit recognised forms.
A single movement or short movement phrase which has the potential to be developed into an integrated whole. A movement motif functions as an organising device within the choreography. It can contain the essence for the completed piece and is usually repeated with integrity and manipulated throughout the dance.
A partial dance idea composed of a series of connecting movements, similar to a 'phrase' in the written form.
A confident presentation of one's body and energy to communicate movement and meaning to an audience. It also refers to performance quality.
A section of a dance work consists of a number of related phrases linked together. A dance may consist of one or more sections. Sections are linked to form a structure for the dance work.
Doing the same thing again
Altering or reducing an original, maintaining the essence of the dance
Altering the shape
Reversing the order of a phrase or single piece of movement
Adding to the phrase
Adding detail to the movement
Body is reversed (Upside down or laterally)
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