Dance Terms, Definitions, Dance terminology, Dance Words, Types of Dance A - Z
Dance Terms and Types of Dance, Dance Dictionary. Definitions of terms used in dance. Dance terminology in Ballet, Modern, Social Dances.
By Jake Fuller
Books at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Photo by Dmitrij Paskevic / Unsplash
Dancing Terms and Dance Definitions A
À la seconde
A movement with feet to the side or in second position, as in pirouette à la seconde, in which the dancer turns with the working leg à la hauteur (elevated) in second position. An implicit attribute of movements such as tendu, glisse, and grand battement.
Touching the floor.
A plot less work composed of pure dance movements, although the composition may suggest a mood or subject.
The dominant beat of the music measure, usually the first beat of the measure.
Movement across the direction of dance.
Ballet, a slow section of a pas de deux. Dance class exercise focussing on slow, controlled movements that highlight balance and extension, and require strength and poise.
Dance class where exercises for balance and sustained movement are performed.
Any dance to slow music; also, part of the classical pas de deux in ballet.
Air, en l'
(Ballet) a step done off the ground -- for instance, rond de jambe en l'air.
Spanish Gypsy dance. It suggests the movements of the bullfight and is usually danced by a woman alone.
The direction of a step or figure in relation to the room (i.e. Line of Dance).
A dance with a fast or moderate tempo. That part of a ballet class comprised of fast turning or jumping, especially beaten steps; usually follows the adagio.
Dance originated in Germany in the early 16th century.
(Ballet) an elongated line; in particular, the horizontal line of an arabesque with one arm stretched front and the other back.
A combination of two or more patterns or movements.
American style ballroom dances. Cha-cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo. Also Samba and West Coast Swing.
American style ballroom dances. Waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz.