Balance: a state of stability with equal weight and energy on either side of the dancer’s “center”.
Choreography: the arrangement of movement in space and time. A series of moves set to music.
Costumes: used to help bring the choreographed dance to life and to help communicate a story or idea.
Creativity: the ability to go beyond traditional ideas, rules, and patterns in order to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods , and interpretations.
Duet: two dancers performing together.
Ensemble: a group of dancers performing together.
Energy: refers to the force applied to dance to accentuate the weight, attack, strength, and flow of a dancer’s movement. Adjectives such as explosive, smooth, free, restrained, wild, etc. describe some of the different types of energy that dancers can exhibit.
Phrase: a sequence of steps and gestures. Phrases make up a dance the same way that words are put together to form a sentence.
Rehearsal: practice in preparation of a public performance.
Repertory: the group of dances that are actively performed by a dance company.
Solo: a dance performed alone (one dancer) or set apart from the other dancers on stage.
Space: the area in which a dancer moves, encompassing level, direction, floor, pattern, shape, and design.
Technique: a set of skills which dancers develop to perform a certain dance form. Sometimes, particularly in modern dance, choreographers become famous for their own dance technique.
Tempo: the time, speed, or rhythm of the beats of a piece of music or the pace of any movement activity.
Unison: the same movement or series of movements performed at the same time by more than one dancer.