Dance KS3 Vocab
Speeding up the movement.
The sound that you hear during a dance. For example, percussion.
What a dancer does e.g. travelling, turning, elevation, gesture, stillness, use of body parts, floor-work and the transference of weight.
Correct placement of body parts in relation to each other.
Recognition and understanding of the qualities of dance.
The aim of a dance; what the choreographer aims to communicate.
A steady or held position achieved by an even distribution of weight.
When the same movements overlap in time.
The art of creating dance.
Movements or shapes that have nothing in common.
The ability to start and stop movement, change direction and hold a shape efficiently.
The efficient combination of body parts.
Clothing worn by dancers in performance.
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 film-maker; where the intention is to produce a dance work in a multi-media form that cannot be achieved in live performance.
What the dancer wears for class and rehearsal.
Slowing down the movement.
The way in which movement material is manipulated.
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.
Carrying out actions with the required intention.
Aspects that contribute to performance artistry and that engage the audience, such as focus and musicality.
Lengthening one or more muscles or limbs.
Use of the face to show mood, feeling or character.
Features of production
Lighting, set, properties, costume and aural setting.
The range of movement in the joints (involving muscles, tendons and ligaments).
Focus (use of)
Use of the eyes to enhance performance or interpretative qualities.
Shapes or patterns created in space by dancers.
Exploration or generation of movements without planning.
A performing area with the audience seated on all sides.
Aim or desired outcome.
An independent movement of part of the body.
Distance from the ground: low, medium or high.
The range of movement in a joint; the ability to move fluently from action to action.
Dance that tells a story.
The presentation of dance to an audience.
Acquisition and development of physical and expressive skills.
A short sequence of linked movements.
Aspects enabling effective performance such as posture, alignment, balance, coordination, control, flexibility, mobility, strength, stamina, extension and isolation.
The way the body is held.
Original choreography by an individual or company that is recognised nationally or internationally.
The energy the dancer uses to connect with and draw in the audience.
A portable object that is used in a dance, for example a suitcase.
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.
Performing the same action or phrase again.
Reversing a movement phrase.
Repeated patterns of sound or movement.
Carrying out actions safely.
Safe working practice
Personal care, respect for others, safe execution and preparation and recovery from dancing.
Sensitivity to other dancers
Awareness of and connection to other dancers.
The ‘where’ of movement such as levels, directions, pathways, shapes, designs and patterns.
Consciousness of the surrounding space and its effective use.
The presentation of dance in the performing space including set, furniture, props, projection and backdrop.
Ability to maintain physical and mental energy over periods of time.
The way in which material is organised to create the whole.
The ways in which a dance is made, built, ordered or organised.
Characteristic way of dancing.
The combination of features of two or more styles.
These include accuracy of action, timing, dynamic, rhythmic and spatial content and the reproduction of movement in a stylistically accurate way.
The use of time or counts when matching movements to sound and/or other dancers.
Links between dance phrases or sections.
Two or more dancers performing the same movement at the same time.
A sense of ‘wholeness’ or harmony.