VCE DANCE DEFINITIONS

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Physical skills
BFACTS
Balance
Flexibility
Alignment
Control/Coordination
Transfer of weight
Strength/Stamina
Body Actions
GLEFTS
Gesture
Locomotion
Elevation
Falling
Turning
Stillness
Choreographic Devices
Tools of the choreographer used for the creation of dances such as compositional processes of augmentation, abstraction, accumulation, addition, distortion, embellishment, insertion, inversion, repetition, rearrangement, retrograde and transposition
Augmentation
Making the movement larger in space or time
Abstraction
The process of altering or reducing the realistic appearance/features of the original inspiration while maintaining the 'essence' of the idea
Accumulation
New movements are added to existing movements in a successive manner
Addition
The process of adding one movement to the next or one phrase to the next
Distortion
A process which manipulates the shape or structure of the motif or phrase
Embellishment
Adding detail to the movement such as a hand or head movement
Insertion
Adding new material into the movement phrase as in a new paragraph inserted into an existing written section
Inversion
A process for manipulating a motif or phrase where the position of the body is reversed as the movement is being performed
Repetition
A movement motif or phrase repeated in exactly the same way
Rearrangement
Movement is taken apart and reorganised into a different order to create progression
Retrograde
A motif or phrase performed backwards like rewinding a video
Transposition
Transfers a movement to a different part of the body
Elements of movement
The 3 basic components of movement: time, space and energy - which can be combined and manipulated in choreography to colour the movement and create expression
Time
The element of movement involving speed, duration, accent, rhythm. Time can be metered on or based on body rhythms such as breath, emotions and heartbeat
Speed
The rate of motion of movements. Ranges from fast, medium to slow
Duration
The length of time for which a movement or movement phrase continues. Ranges from short, medium to long
Accent
A distinctive emphasis given to a movement. May be on beat or off beat
Rhythm
The pattern in time to which movements are performed. May be even or uneven
Space
The element of movement involving direction, dimension, level and focus. Also includes shape
Direction
The direction of movement of the dancers total body or body parts, upwards, downwards, sideways, forwards, backwards, circular and diagonally
Dimension
The height, width, depth of the shape in space and the personal shape and size of group arrangements in space. Ranges from small, medium to large
Level
The height that a movement or phrase is performed in relationship to its distance from the floor. It can range from low, medium, to high
Focus
Concentration on a particular point in space. Includes both total body focus and face or eye focus. May be inner or outer
Energy
The element of movement involving force and flow. Also includes the qualities of movement
Force
The range between strong (firm and forceful) and light (fine and delicate) movements
Flow
The range between free (steady and continuous) and bound (disjointed) movements
Group structure
The use of symmetrical and asymmetrical groupings of dancers and the use of movements performed with respect to space and time (unison, contrast and canon)
Symmetrical
The equal and balanced placement of the group or small groups in the performance space
Asymmetrical
Unbalanced group arrangements, the unequal or random placement of the group or the small groups in the performance space
Contrast
A group structure where two or more people simultaneously dance different from movements
Canon
A minor successive time difference. This may be one movement by two or more dancers or a phrase of movement put into canon
Unison
Dancers performing exactly the same movement at the exact same time
Spatial Organisation
Use of direction, level, dimension and focus in order to communicate the expressive intention