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Actions
What the body is doing. Includes locomotor and nonlocomotor movements.
Alignment
Body placement or posture. Properly done lessens body strain and promotes dance skills.
Asymmetry
Uneven, irregular design.
Binary form
Two-part structure (AB).
Dance phrase
A logical sequence of movements with an observable beginning, middle, and end.
Dynamics
The dance element which relates to how a movement is done.
Energy
General category in Dance with the following Descriptors: Tension/Relaxion, Flow (Bound/Free) and Weight.
Tension
Dance Energy which feels hard and tight.
Relaxation
Dance Energy which feels soft, loose and floppy.
Flow
Bound or Free - having to do with the ongoingness of movement.
Bound
Energy is released in a controlled, restrained manner.
Free Flow
Energy is released freely during a dance.
Weight
Strength (force) or lightness in Dance Energy.
Even Rhythm
Movements of equal duration.
Form (Dance Movement)
Structure of dance compositions.
General Space
The space shared by all. Reaches beyond Personal Space.
Kinesphere
Also called Personal Space. The space reached while stationary.
Locomotor
Movements that usually travel through space.
Walk
Steps are from one foot to the other, the weight being transferred from heel to toe.
Run
Compares to a fast walk, except that the weight is carried forward on the ball of the foot.
Hop
A transfer of weight by a springing action from one foot to the same foot.
Jump
The transfer of weight from two feet to two feet.
Leap
A transfer of weight from one foot to the other foot, pushing off with a spring and landing on the ball of the foot, letting the heel come down, and bending the knee to absorb the shock.
Skip
A hop and a step on the same foot, alternating feet.
Gallop
A combination of a step and a leap, in an uneven rhythm, moving sideward, so the same foot is always leading.
Slide
A combination of a step close stem, in an uneven rhythm, moving sideward, so the same foot is always leading.
Metric Rhythm
The grouping of beats in a recurring pattern.
Motif Symbols
Symbols that represent movements.
Movement Vocabulary
All the actions the body can make.
Nonlocomotor
Movements in which a person stays in place.
Bend
Involves closing up at body joints. It usually feels like it has a stopping point.
Stretch
Involves opening up the joints. Is more than just straightening, it feels like the energy keeps on going.
Push and Pull
Involves action similar to a bend and stretch, but with a sense of resistance.
Shake
A floppy wiggle or a tense vibration.
Swing
A very exhilarating, freeing movement. A fall, giving into gravity, followed by a rebound to a suspension point before the fall begins again.
Sway
A controlled even shifting of weight.
Twist
Involves Rotation - One end is fixed, so there is a limit to how much the other end can move.
Turn
Involves Rotation - one end is not fixed???
Personal Space
Also called Kinesphere. The space reached while stationary.
Qualities
Characteristics of a movement.
Relationships
The body's position relative to something or someone.
Rondo Form
A dance structure with three or more themes where one theme is repeated. (ABACAD…)
Space (Dance)
A Dance category which includes categories such as: Direction, Size, Pathways, Level and Shape.
Direction
Forward, Backwards, sideways, up, down, etc.
Size
Large and small movements.
Pathways
Patterns we make as we move through the air on the floor.
Level
The vertical distance from the floor. High, Medium or Low.
Shape (Dance)
The design of the body as it exists in space. Different aspects are described as open/closed, symmetrical/asymmetrical, angular/curved.
Symmetry
A balanced, even design.
Ternary Form
Three part structure (ABA).
Time
The relationship of one movement or part of a movement to another.
Pulse
The ongoing underlying beat.
Speed
How fast or slow the movement is.
Duration
The length of time the movement lasts. A long time, a short time, or something in between.
Rhythm
Patterns made by arranging long and short sounds or strong and light sounds.
Phrases
Longer sequences of movement.
Uneven Rhythms
Movements of unequal duration.