Dance GCSE

STUDY
PLAY
Accessory
An additional item of costume, for example gloves
Actions
What a dancer does, for example travelling, turning, elevation, stillness, use of body parts, floor work, and transference of weight
Acceleration
Speeding up movement
Accompaniment
The sound you hear during a dance, for example percussion
Accumulation
When a dancer performs a series of movements and others join in at different times until all perform in unison
Air Pattern
A design that is traced in the air by a part of the body
Alignment
Correct placement of body parts in relation to each other
Appreciation
Recognition and understanding of the qualities of dance
Artistic Intention
The aim of a dance; what the choreographer aims to communicate
Artistry
Creative skill
Auditory
Relating to sound
Aural setting
An audible accompaniment to the dance such as music, words, song and natural sound or silence
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 approach
The way in which a choreographer makes the dance
Choreographic devices
Methods used to develop and vary material
Choreographic intention
The aim of the dance; what the choreographer aims to communicate
Choreographic processes
Activities involved in creating dance such as improvisation, selection and development
Choreography
The art of creating dance
Climax
The most significant moment of the dance
Complementary
Perform actions or shapes that are similar to but not exactly the same as another dancer's
Constituent features
Characteristics of choreography such as style, stimulus, subject matter, number/gender of dancers, action content, choreographic principles, form and structure, physical and aural settings
Contrast
Movements 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
Costume
Clothing warn by dancers in performance
Counterpoint
When dancers perform different phrases simultaneously
Critical appreciation
Evaluation of dance based upon knowledge and understanding, including original insights
Dance film
Where dance and film are both integral to a work; this includes documentary, animation, dance for camera and a screen adaption of a stage work
Dance for camera
Where the choreographer collaborates with or is the filmmaker; where the intention is to produce a dance work in a multi-media form that cannot be achieved in live performance
Dancewear
What the dancer wears for class and rehearsal
Deceleration
Slowing down the movement
Development
The way in which movement material is manipulated
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
End-stage
A performance space with the audience on one side, also known as end-on
Episodic
A choreography with several sections, linked by a theme
Execution
Carrying out actions with the required intention
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