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Hi there! This is our own dictionary. Here you´ll find a danh sách of dance terms và a short and practical definition for each one. I’ve written it lớn help you understand the nội dung of our site.

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Abstraction: when applied to lớn dance, this word refers to choreography that does not have a narrative character. In other words, an abstract dance does not tell a story, nor is related khổng lồ symbolic contents or any kind of associations with feelings, ideas or other elements than movement itself. A dance can be considered as abstract if it is seen through the frame of pure movement and/or its components (like space, time, toàn thân and so forth).

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Accumulation: this is a word introduced by the American choreographer Trisha Brown in the 1970s. It was used by her to name a piece & it described a graduated and repetitive way in which the gestures of the choreography were built-up. As Trisha Brown’s works are so widely known, this word has spread among the dance community and it is used nowadays khổng lồ talk about her way of creating choreography as a compositional method.

Alignment: placement of bones in such a way that increases physiological effectiveness & health. Depending on the dance genre, the alignment can vary according khổng lồ its specific aesthetic goals. Read the definitions for 'Correct alignment', 'Body placement' or 'Stance' below to lớn expand.

Arch: position in which the whole or upper bodyis extended, creating the khung of an arch.

Beat: the beat is the basic unity used khổng lồ measure time in both the choreographic & musical language. It is the pulse that occurs repeatedly with a certain frequency. When dancing, beats are what we count… lượt thích five, six, seven, eight! (bet you know this…). Five, six, seven, eight are the last four beats of a choreographic phrase of eight beats. Visit our page for contemporary dance music to listen to some examples & expand your understanding.

Body placement: this is an expression that we use in dance khổng lồ talk about the way in which we carry our toàn thân (our selves), including the positioning and alignment of big bones (like the pelvis or spine), limbs & head as well as the micro organizations of muscles that are responsible for their positioning. Usually, every dance genre or style has its own body placement, which facilitates its technical execution and makes up the particular style.

Canon: dancers use this word with the same meaning as musicians. It defines a compositional structure in which one same choreographic fragment is executed by several dancers who space it out in time (usually with regular intervals). Rudolph Laban identified four main types of canon used in dance: the regular canon (dancers start và end one after another), the starting canon (only the beginning of the fragment is stepped), the ending canon (only the over of the fragment is stepped), the simultaneous canon (dancers start at the same time but each one starts the fragment at a different point).

Choreographer: artist who creates with the movement of humans as material. In dance terms though, a contemporary dance choreographer is usually considered as a general director of scenic art pieces that include several aesthetic languages (music, visual fine arts, architecture…), all under his creative judgment.

Clarity of line: the word ‘line’ is mostcommonly used among ballet dancers. It refers to an ideal shape that is createdwith the toàn thân while dancing, especially in certain positions like arabesques orbetween legs and arms. The clarity or chất lượng of the line would be the degreeof accuracy with which the shape achieved by a dancer gets close khổng lồ that ideal.

Contemporary Dance: art whose working material is the movement of humans. It doesn´t have fixed or established movement patterns but it’s rather in a continuous search for new forms & dynamics. Therefore its dancers make use of varied modern và classical dance techniques lớn train. It produces performances or shows in conventional & non conventional stages (such as theaters or public và private places), having a frequent dialogue with other aesthetic languages such as audiovisual technologies, visual or fine arts, lightning, architecture, music, circus và others.