35 terms

GCSE Dance Key Terms

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Actions
What a dancer does eg travelling, turning, elevation, gesture, stillness, use of body parts, floor-work and the transference of weight.
Accumulation
When a dancer performs a series of movements and others join in at different times until all perform in unison.
Auditory
Relating to sound.
Balance
A steady or held position achieved by an even distribution of weight.
Canon
When the same movements overlap in time.
Choreography
The art of creating dance.
Climax
The most significant moment of the dance.
Contrast
Movements or shapes that have nothing in common.
Coordination
The efficient combination of body parts.
Costume
Clothing worn by dancers in performance.
Counterpoint
When dancers perform different phrases simultaneously.
Direction
The facing of a movement.
Dynamics
The qualities of movement based upon variations in speed, strength and flow.
Elements of dance
Actions, space, dynamics and relationships.
Elevation
The action of "going up" without support, such as in a jump.
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 (involving muscles, tendons and ligaments).
Form
The overall shape and structure of a dance.
Formations
Shapes or patterns created in space by dancers.
Interpretation
Finding the meaning that is in the movement or finding the movement that is in the idea.
Isolation
An independent movement of part of the body.
Kinaesthetic
Sensory perception (or awareness) of movement and position.
Levels
Distance from the ground: low, medium or high.
Motif
A movement phrase encapsulating an idea that is repeated and developed throughout the dance.
Pathways
Designs traced in space (on the floor or in the air).
Performance
The presentation of dance to an audience.
Phrase
A short sequence of linked movements.
Posture
The way the body is held.
Proscenium
The arch or opening that creates the effect of a picture frame and separates the stage from the auditorium.
Relationships
The ways in which dancers interact; the connections between dancers.
Space
The "where" of movement such as levels, directions, pathways, shapes, designs and patterns.
Stimulus/stimuli
Inspiration for an idea or movement.
Strength
Muscular power.
Unison
Two or more dancers performing the same movement at the same time.