Dance keywords

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Alignment
The correct placement of body parts in relation to other body parts.
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Flexibility
The range of movement that is attainable in a joint or muscle.
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Rhythm
Patterns of movement or sounds.
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Choreography
The art of creating dance.
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Posture
Body position.
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Focus
Using the eyes (where the dancer is looking) to enhance performance and interpretative qualities.
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Projection
When a dancer gives out appropriate energy to connect with an audience and draw them into the performance.
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Relationships
The 'with, what or whom' of movement (how dancers dance together)
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Style
Characteristics features of a dance work or choreographers work that enables it to be recognised as belonging
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Technique
A specific way of moving according to particular rules and conventions
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Isolation
Moving a part of the body independently, such as a shoulder shrug
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Accompaniment
The sound that you hear during the dance (not just the backing track), for example percussion
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Contemporary
A group of dance styles originating in the early 20th century created by individuals working outside the classical ballet style, in response to conciliation of modern life
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Formations
Shapes or patterns created by a group of dancers
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Actions
What a dancer does, for example leap, spin, balance etc
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Dynamics
The 'how' or 'quality' of movement.
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Space
The 'where' of movement
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Contraction
Shortening one or more muscle/limb
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Extention
Lengthening one or more muscle/limb
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Gestures
Actions or movements of a body part which is not weight bearing
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Synopated
Stressing beat that is not normally stressed.
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Contact
When dancers touch,lean, lift or support each other.
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Choreographic approches
How choreographers work with the dance material, for example by using the dancers improvisations
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Choreographic form
Giving the dance a shape and structure for example by using contrasting sections
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Motifs
Patterns or designs of action content that encapsulates an idea and can be repeated and developed throughout the dance
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The range of movement that is attainable in a joint or muscle.

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Flexibility

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Patterns of movement or sounds.

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Card 4

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The art of creating dance.

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Card 5

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Body position.

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