Dance GCSE vocab

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Action
What a dancer does, eg travelling, turning, elevation
Acceleration
Speeding up the movement
Alignment
Correct placement of the body parts in relation to one another
Artistic intention
The aim of a dance; what the choreographer aims to communicate
Accumulation
When a dancer performs a series of movement and others join in at different times until all perform in unison
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 create or vary material
Choreography
The art of creating a dance
Choreographic processes
Activities involved in creating a dance such as improvisation, selections and development
Climax
The most significant moment of the dance
Contrast
Movement or shapes that have nothing in common
Control
The ability to start and stop movement, change direction and hold a shape efficiently
Coordination
The efficient combination of body parts
Counterpoint
When dancers perform different phrases simultaneously
Dance for camera
When the choreographer collaborates the film maker; where the intention is to produce a dance work in a multi-media form that cannot be achieved in performance
Development
The way in which movement material is manipulated
Dynamics
The qualities of movement based on variations in speed, strength and flow
Elevation
The action of ''going up'' without support, such as in a jump
Episodic
A choreography with several sections, linked by a theme
Expressive skills
Aspects that contribute to performance artistry and that engage the audience, such as focus and musicality
Extension
Lengthening one or more muscles or limbs
Facial expression
Use of the face to show mood, feeling or character
Flexibility
The range of movement in the joints
Focus
The overall shape and structure of a dance
Formations
Shapes or patterns, created in space by dancers
Fragmentation
Use of parts of a phrase or motif
Highlights
Important moments of a dance
Isolation
An independent movement of part of the body
Levels
Distance from the ground
Mental rehearsal
Thinking through or visualising the dance
Mobility
The range of movement in a joint: they ability to move fluently from action to action
Motif
A movement phrase encapsulating an idea that is repeated and developed through the dance
Musicality
The ability to make the unique qualities of the accompaniment evident in performance
Performance
The presentation of a dance to an audience
Posture
The way the body is held
Projection
The energy the dancer uses to connect with and draw in the audience
Relationships
The ways in which dancers interact: the connection between dancers
Rondo
A music or dance form with alternating and repeating sections
Sensitivity to other dancers
Awareness of and connection to other dancers
Space
The where of movement such as levels, directions, pathways, shapes, designs and patterns
Stamina
Ability to maintain physical and mental energy over periods of time
Strength
Muscular power
Technical skills
These include accuracy of action, timing, dynamic, rhythmic and spatial content and the reproduction of movement in a stylistically accurate way
Ternary
A composition in three parts
Timing
The use of time or counts when matching movements to sound and/or other dancers
Unison
Two or more dancers performing the same movement at the same time
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