dance glossary- constituent features of dance

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Dance glossary- constituent features of dance
Aural setting- accompaniment, musical term, co-existence, music relationship
with the dance.
Accent- increase or stress on the beat, shifting the accent away from the first
beat can create an irregular feeling in the rhythm, when set in a regular rhythm
we call this `syncopated' it is used in jazz and tap routines.
Binary- A and B only, but can repeat a number of times in any order
Batterns (lighting affects)- rows of lights
Balance ­ proportions of a dance need to be appropriate to the individual
movement phrases and how they relate.
Climax- a main point in a piece, the climax. Builds towards an organically felt
Canon- the dancers dance on their own, on different beats & counts (Rosas
Danst Rosas).
Cumulative canon- it accumulates, each dancer joins in with a lead dance at
different points in the same phrase and all finish at the same time.
Context- the historical and social conditions. As well as the function and role of
the dance.
Costume- shape, colour, material. The costumes should always move with the
dancer and reveal the lines of the body.
Call and response- often used in Indian and African music, but also used in
Swan Lake by Mathew Bourne.
Contrast- new material that has not been yet seen in the dance, contrasting
dynamics, emotions.
Correct alignment- should have an ease of movement, muscles should be
relaxed, and feet should be parallel hip-width apart.
Dynamic- when force and time act together.
Direction/ angle of light- crossfade, lights fade up or down, blackout.

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Direct correlation- the music and dance directly links
Disassociation- dance and music are totally independent of one and another.
Episodic- is where the dance piece is structured in separate episodes/ sections
that can be seen as having correlation and therefore developing the
information from the dance.
Energy ­is the potential energy which gives the `go'. The right amount of
energy to move the dancer is priority to a dancer. Energy remains a neutral
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Levels- aspects of height
Loose canon- offers more opportunity for the manipulation of the motif.
Lighting- a change in light triggers an automatic response in audience
Logical sequence & propotion- sequencing in dance involves the organisation
or natural progression from start to finish.
Motif- is a single movement or short phrase which embodies the style and
content of the dance. They can be repeated, developed and manipulated.…read more

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Size- the size of a shape can have an impact and communicate different ideas.
Simple canon- there is a strict order; they do a motif and then remain still.
Simultaneous canon- the dancers are doing the same motif but at different
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Rachael Vickerman

Did you use the 'Essential Guide to Dance' textbook? :)

taylor broderick

very useful thank u :)

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