abstracted gesture
A gesture that conveys an emotion, concept or image in an abstract way.
accent
Emphasis on a particular step or move in a pattern.
accumulation
a choreographic device or structure where new movements are added to existing movements in a successive manner,
agility
The power of moving quickly and easily.
alignment
The alignment of the body part with respect to the torso.
articulate
To express, form, or present movement with clarity and effectiveness.
artistic director
A person who is responsible for the administration of a dance company.
axial movement
(also called non-locomotor movement) Movement that happens around the body. Twisting, turning, reaching, and bending are axial movements.
canon
A single theme or movement sequence that is executed by two or more dancers at different times as in musical form that repeats or recurs.
choreographer
The person who creates and arranges the steps and patterns of a dance work.
compositional element
An aspect of choreographic practices such as spatial design.
conductor
A person who directs an orchestra or chorus.
dance notation
The system of recording movement through writing it down in figures and symbols.
flexibility
The ability to bend and move easily. Range of movement in joints and ability to stretch large muscle.
improvisation
Spontaneous, congenial movement responses.
kinesthetic awareness
An awareness or sense of your own movements and the movements of others.
leading and following
Two roles of partner dancing. The leader guides the overall structure of the dance, and the follower completes the moves suggested by the leader.
locomotor movement
Movement that travels through general space. Walking, running, hopping, jumping, skipping, leaping, galloping, and sliding are locomotor movements.
mirroring
Movement in which the leader and follower face each other. The follower imitates the leader as if in a mirror.
movement sequence
A series of movements, longer than a phrase but shorter than a section of a dance.
pantomime
To express emotions or tell a story by means of gestures and facial expressions.
phrase
A division of a composition, usually consisting of two, four, or eight measures.
props
Objects requires on stage that are not costumes or scenery.
rhythm
The way movement in time is organized or put together. Can be syncopated or accented.
rondo
A sequential pattern.
sequence
The order of the movements in a dance.
technique
Anatomically correct strategies that seek to achieve the articulation and execution of a style of dance.
tempo
The speed of the music.
theme
The topic, or basic idea.
transition
A change from one sequence to the next.
unity
Dancers moving together and working as a whole.
variation
1. Any movement of footwork that is different from the original footwork. 2. A solo dance that can be part of a larger work.