GCSE Dance Key Terms
What a dancer does eg travelling, turning, elevation, gesture, stillness, use of body parts, floor-work and the transference of weight.
When a dancer performs a series of movements and others join in at different times until all perform in unison.
Relating to sound.
A steady or held position achieved by an even distribution of weight.
When the same movements overlap in time.
The art of creating dance.
The most significant moment of the dance.
Movements or shapes that have nothing in common.
The efficient combination of body parts.
Clothing worn by dancers in performance.
When dancers perform different phrases simultaneously.
The facing of a movement.
The qualities of movement based upon variations in speed, strength and flow.
Elements of dance
Actions, space, dynamics and relationships.
The action of "going up" without support, such as in a jump.
Lengthening one or more muscles or limbs.
Use of the face to show mood, feeling or character.
The range of movement in the joints (involving muscles, tendons and ligaments).
The overall shape and structure of a dance.
Shapes or patterns created in space by dancers.
Finding the meaning that is in the movement or finding the movement that is in the idea.
An independent movement of part of the body.
Sensory perception (or awareness) of movement and position.
Distance from the ground: low, medium or high.
A movement phrase encapsulating an idea that is repeated and developed throughout the dance.
Designs traced in space (on the floor or in the air).
The presentation of dance to an audience.
A short sequence of linked movements.
The way the body is held.
The arch or opening that creates the effect of a picture frame and separates the stage from the auditorium.
The ways in which dancers interact; the connections between dancers.
The "where" of movement such as levels, directions, pathways, shapes, designs and patterns.
Inspiration for an idea or movement.
Two or more dancers performing the same movement at the same time.