Adagio: A slow section of a dance, often performed with graceful and flowing movements.
Allegro: A fast-paced section of a dance, characterized by lively and brisk movements.
Amateur Dance Instructor: A skilled dancer who teaches dance as a part-time or hobbyist instructor.
American Style: A ballroom dance style prevalent in the United States, featuring unique choreography and styling.
Arabesque: A ballet pose where one leg is extended straight to the back while the body is upright.
Artistic Director: A person responsible for overseeing the artistic aspects of a dance company or production.
Attitude: A ballet pose where one leg is raised behind, bent at a 90-degree angle.
Ball Change: A quick change of weight from one foot to the other in ballroom dance.
Ballet Dress: The elegant and tailored attire worn by ballet dancers during performances.
Ballet Master: An experienced dancer or teacher who coaches and rehearses ballet dancers.
Ballet Mistress: A female ballet master, responsible for coaching and training female dancers.
Ballet: A classical dance form characterized by grace, precision, and elaborate techniques.
Balletomane: An enthusiastic admirer or lover of ballet.
Ballon: The quality of lightness and ease in jumping, giving the illusion of being suspended in the air.
Ballroom Competition Attire: The stylish and coordinated outfits worn by dancers during competitions, reflecting their personality and style.
Ballroom Competition: An organized event where dancers compete in various ballroom dance styles and categories.
Ballroom Dance Organization: A governing body or association overseeing ballroom dance competitions, standards, and regulations.
Ballroom Dance: A partner dance performed socially or competitively with a focus on elegance and connection.
Ballroom Dress: The elegant and tailored attire worn by dancers during ballroom dance performances and competitions.
Ballroom Floorcraft: The skill of maneuvering and navigating the dance floor gracefully and safely during ballroom dance.
Ballroom Formation: A specific arrangement and pattern followed by couples or teams in ballroom dance competitions.
Ballroom Hold: The specific position in which partners hold each other while dancing ballroom.
Ballroom Judge: An experienced dancer responsible for evaluating and scoring dancers’ performances in competitions.
Ballroom Music: The genre of music specifically chosen for ballroom dance routines, featuring appropriate rhythms and tempos for each dance style.
Ballroom Shoes: Specialized shoes designed for ballroom dancing, providing flexibility, support, and grip on the dance floor.
Ballroom Showcase: A performance where dancers showcase choreographed routines and creativity to an audience.
Ballroom Social Dance: Informal social dancing events where people gather to dance and enjoy ballroom music.
Ballroom Standard: A set of established steps and figures in ballroom dance, recognized and practiced internationally.
Ballroom Teacher: An experienced dancer who provides instruction and coaching to individuals or couples learning ballroom dance.
Ballroom Waltz: A classic ballroom dance characterized by graceful turns and gliding movements in a closed dance position.
Ballroom Workshop: A focused training session or class where dancers learn specific ballroom dance techniques and routines.
Barre Work: Warm-up exercises and stretches performed using the ballet barre for support.
Barre: A horizontal handrail dancers use as a support for warm-up exercises and training.
Battement: A beating movement where the working foot is raised from the supporting foot.
Beat: The basic unit of time in music, often corresponding to a single step or movement in dance.
Belly Dance: A Middle Eastern dance style characterized by expressive movements of the torso and hips.
Berceuse: A lullaby, often used as a musical accompaniment for ballet or dance performances.
Body Alignment: The proper positioning of the body in dance, promoting balance and correct posture.
Body Roll: A dance movement where the body moves smoothly, creating a rolling effect.
Bolero: A slow-tempo Latin dance characterized by smooth and dramatic movements.
Bolshoi Ballet: One of the world’s most renowned ballet companies, based in Moscow, Russia.
Bounce: A slight upward and downward movement of the body, often used in dances like the jive and swing.
Box Step: A basic pattern in ballroom dance, forming a square or rectangle on the dance floor.
Brisé: A jump in which the dancer beats their legs together in the air and lands on one foot.
Bronze Level: A beginner or introductory level in ballroom dance competitions, indicating basic skills and knowledge.
Cabriole: A jump in which the lower leg is beaten against the upper leg in the air.
Cambré: A bending movement of the body, creating a graceful arch or curve.
Canon: A choreographic device where movements are sequentially repeated by different dancers, creating a cascading effect.
Capoeira: A Brazilian martial art form that incorporates elements of dance, acrobatics, and music.
Castanets: Handheld percussion instruments often used in Spanish and flamenco dances for rhythmic accents.
Cecchetti Method: A ballet training method developed by Enrico Cecchetti, focusing on precision, balance, and fluidity of movement.
Cha-Cha: A lively Latin dance with quick steps, syncopated footwork, and playful hip movements.
Chacarera: A traditional Argentine folk dance with lively footwork and expressive upper body movements.
Changement: A jump where the feet change positions in mid-air, performed in quick succession.
Changquan: A category of Chinese martial arts forms that emphasize graceful and flowing movements, often resembling dance.
Character Dance: A style of dance that incorporates ethnic or folk dance elements to portray specific characters or cultures.
Chassé: A gliding step where one foot chases the other and the feet come together.
Chassé: A sliding step where one foot chases the other and the feet come together.
Choreographer: A person who creates and designs dance movements and routines.
Choreographic Interpretation: The artistic expression and emotional portrayal of dance movements, enhancing the overall performance.
Choreographic Sequence: A predetermined series of dance movements used in competitive ballroom and Latin dancing.
Choreography: The art of creating dance routines and sequences in ballet, ballroom, and other dance styles.
Choreology: The study and notation of dance movements and choreographic patterns.
Chorus Line: A group of dancers performing synchronized routines in musical theater or dance productions.
Classical Ballet: The traditional and formal style of ballet, emphasizing classical techniques and repertoire.
Clave: A rhythmic pattern used in Afro-Cuban music and dance, serving as a fundamental timing reference.
Clog Dance: A percussive dance style characterized by dancers wearing clogs or tap shoes, creating rhythmic sounds.
Collaborative Dance: Dance works created through collaboration between choreographers, dancers, musicians, and other artists.
Concert Dance: Dance performances intended for a theater setting, often featuring professional dancers and choreographers.
Contact Improvisation: A dance form emphasizing spontaneous movements and physical contact between dancers.
Contemporary Ballet: A fusion of classical ballet techniques with modern dance concepts and movements.
Contemporary Dance: A dance style that combines elements of modern dance, jazz, and ballet.
Cossack Dance: Traditional Ukrainian and Russian folk dance characterized by energetic jumps and squatting movements.
Couplet: A pair of dancers performing together, often in a duet or partnered choreography.
Coupé: A cut or cutting movement in which one foot replaces the other.
Crank: A street dance move where the body rapidly twists and moves in a fluid manner.
Cross Rhythms: Overlapping rhythms in music and dance, creating intricate and syncopated patterns.
Cuban Motion: A hip movement technique used in Latin dances, emphasizing the use of the hips and body isolations.
Cue: A signal or indication given by a leader to communicate the next dance move in partner dancing.
Cumbia: A lively Colombian dance style with quick footwork and playful, circular movements.
Curtain Call: The bows or acknowledgment by performers at the end of a dance performance.
Cut: A movement in hip-hop dance where the body is quickly and sharply positioned in a specific shape.
Cypher: A freestyle dance circle where dancers take turns showcasing their skills in a competitive yet supportive environment.
Dance Captain: A dancer responsible for maintaining the quality and integrity of a dance production.
Dance Composition: The process of creating and organizing dance movements and sequences to form a complete dance piece.
Dance Etiquette: The expected behaviors and courtesies observed by dancers in various dance settings and contexts.
Dance Fitness: Fitness programs incorporating dance movements to improve cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility.
Dance Floor Etiquette: The proper behavior and considerations observed by dancers on the dance floor, ensuring a positive and respectful environment.
Dance Floorcraft: The skill of maneuvering and navigating the dance floor gracefully and safely during dance.
Dance Frame: The physical connection between partners in ballroom dance, allowing efficient communication and lead-follow dynamics.
Dance Fusion: A style of dance that combines elements from multiple dance forms, creating a unique and eclectic dance style.
Dance History: The study of historical developments, trends, and influential figures in the field of dance.
Dance Improvisation: Spontaneous creation of dance movements without predetermined choreography.
Dance Marathon: A dance event where participants dance continuously for an extended period, often as a fundraiser or social activity.
Dance Notation: Systems and symbols used to record dance movements and choreography for documentation and analysis.
Dance Organization: A governing body or association overseeing dance competitions, standards, and regulations.
Dance Partner: An individual with whom a dancer performs in duets, group routines, or partnered dances.
Dance Partnership: The collaborative relationship between two dancers who practice and perform together regularly.
Dance Pedagogy: The methods and techniques used in teaching dance, emphasizing instructional strategies and dance education.
Dance Performance: A live presentation of dance works before an audience, showcasing choreography and artistic expression.
Dance Production: The entire process of planning, organizing, and staging a dance performance or show.
Dance Shoes: Specialized footwear designed for various dance styles, providing comfort, support, and flexibility.
Dance Studio: A facility equipped for dance practice, instruction, and performances.
Dance Style: A specific genre or category of dance characterized by unique movements, techniques, and cultural influences.
Dance Team: A group of dancers working together to perform choreographed routines, often in competitions or events.
Dance Therapy: The use of dance and movement to promote emotional, physical, and mental well-being.
Dance Troupe: A company or group of dancers performing together, often under a specific choreographic direction.
Dance Vocabulary: Terminology and specific words used to describe dance movements, positions, and techniques.
Dance Workshop: A structured session where participants learn specific dance techniques, styles, or routines through intensive training.
Dance: A performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement.
Dancefloor: The surface area designated for dancing, typically smooth and designed for safe movement.
Dancer’s Pose: A yoga pose that enhances balance and flexibility, often resembling a dance movement or position.
DanceSport Coach: An experienced professional who provides personalized training and guidance to competitive dancers.
DanceSport Competition: An organized event where dancers compete in various ballroom dance styles and categories.
DanceSport Judging Criteria: The specific guidelines and criteria used by judges to evaluate dancers’ performances in DanceSport competitions.
DanceSport Ranking: A numerical or tier-based system indicating a dancer’s competitive standing and achievements in DanceSport.
DanceSport Showcase: An event or performance where competitive dancers present choreographed routines, demonstrating their skills and creativity to an audience.
DanceSport: A competitive form of ballroom and Latin dancing, recognized internationally and governed by specific rules and regulations.
Dancewear: Clothing and attire designed specifically for dance practice and performance.
Dancing with the Stars: A popular television show featuring celebrities paired with professional dancers competing in ballroom dance routines.
Demi-plié: A half-bend of the knees, keeping the heels on the floor.
Depiction: The portrayal or representation of specific themes, stories, or emotions through dance movements and expressions.
Diagonal: A straight-line path taken by a dancer, often used to create dynamic movement patterns across the stage or floor.
Digital Dance: Dance performances, choreography, or art created and shared through digital platforms, online videos, or virtual reality.
Dimi: A quick, small jump in Irish step dancing, often used to add flair and energy to the routine.
Dip: A lowering movement, often used in partner dances, where one partner bends their knees while the other partner leans back.
Diva Dance: A style of dance characterized by confidence, bold movements, and expressive gestures, often performed to empowering music.
Double Turn: A turn involving two complete rotations, often performed in various dance styles.
Downrock: Movements performed close to the floor in breakdancing and hip-hop dance styles, often involving footwork and spins.
Dramatic Dance: A style of dance emphasizing intense emotions, storytelling, and theatrical expressions through movement.
Dynamic: The quality of energy, force, and intensity expressed in dance movements, creating visual impact and engagement.
Développé: A unfolding movement in which the working leg is smoothly raised to a fully extended position.
Eclectic Dance: A dance style that incorporates diverse movements and techniques from different dance forms, resulting in a varied and versatile performance.
Embellishment: Additional movements, decorations, or stylistic touches added to dance steps to enhance their visual appeal.
En Croix: In the shape of a cross; indicating that a movement or combination should be done to the front, side, back, and side again.
En Dedans: A movement performed inward, toward the supporting leg.
En Dehors: A movement performed outward, away from the supporting leg.
En Pointe: Dancing on the tips of the toes, typically done with pointe shoes.
Ensemble: A group of dancers performing together in a choreographed piece, often forming patterns and interacting harmoniously.
Enveloppé: A movement where the working foot circles the supporting leg before being placed on the floor.
Expressionism: A dance style emphasizing raw emotions, dramatic movements, and intense physical expressions to convey specific themes or messages.
Extension: The ability of a dancer to raise and hold a leg in a straight position.
Fan Kick: A high kick executed with a straight leg, creating a fan-like shape, often seen in jazz and kickline routines.
Fandango: A lively Spanish dance characterized by quick footwork, stamping movements, and playful interactions between dancers.
Feathering: A technique in ballroom dance where the foot is placed on the floor, then slightly dragged before the weight is transferred.
Fish Dive: A partnering lift in ballet where the male dancer supports the female dancer horizontally, resembling the shape of a fish diving.
Flamenco: A passionate and expressive Spanish dance form characterized by intricate footwork, hand movements, and emotional storytelling.
Flight: The sensation of lightness and elevation experienced by a dancer during jumps and leaps, creating an illusion of floating in the air.
Flow: The smooth and continuous movement of a dancer, transitioning seamlessly between different steps and positions.
Footwork: The intricate and rhythmic movements of the feet, often emphasizing patterns, speed, and precision in various dance styles.
Formation: The arrangement and positioning of dancers on stage or the dance floor, often following specific patterns or shapes.
Fouetté Turn: A turning movement in ballet where the dancer performs a series of quick turns on one foot while the other leg whips around.
Fouetté: A quick turn on one foot with the other foot whipping around it.
Foxtrot: A smooth and elegant ballroom dance characterized by long, flowing movements and subtle rises and falls.
Frappé: A movement where the ball of the foot brushes along the floor from a flexed position to a pointed position.
Freestyle Dance: Improvised dance movements performed spontaneously without a predetermined choreography or structure.
Frog Jump: A jump where both feet are tucked underneath the body, resembling the movement of a frog leaping.
Funk Styles: A group of street dance styles characterized by funky and rhythmic movements, including locking, popping, and boogaloo.
Gala Performance: A special dance performance featuring prominent dancers, often presented as a fundraising event or celebration.
Genre: A specific category or type of dance characterized by distinct movements, music, and cultural influences.
Glide: A smooth and gliding movement across the floor, often executed with a sliding step or a continuous flow of steps.
Graham Technique: A modern dance technique developed by Martha Graham, emphasizing contraction and release movements.
Grand Allegro: Large and expansive jumps and movements performed in ballet, showcasing a dancer’s strength and agility.
Grand Battement: A high kick in ballet where the working leg is raised to a fully extended position, often performed at 90 degrees or higher.
Grand Battement: A large, swift movement where the working leg is raised and lowered.
Grand Jeté: A grand, high jump in which the dancer leaps into the air with one leg extended forward and the other backward.
Grand Pas: A large, grand dance, often a centerpiece of a ballet, performed by leading dancers.
Grapevine: A side step followed by a crossover step, commonly used in ballroom dance.
Group Dance: A choreographed dance performed by a group of dancers, often displaying synchronization, unity, and coordination.
Gyrate: A rotating or spiraling movement of the hips, often used in various dance styles for a sensual or rhythmic effect.
Headspin: A breakdancing move where the dancer balances on their head while spinning in a circular motion.
Highland Dance: A traditional Scottish dance style characterized by lively footwork, precise movements, and energetic leaps.
Hip-hop Dance: A genre of dance characterized by street-style movements, improvisation, and expressive choreography.
Hip-hop Dance: A street dance style originating from hip-hop culture, characterized by energetic and expressive movements, including breaking, locking, and popping.
History of Dance: The study of the historical development and evolution of dance styles, techniques, and cultural influences over time.
Hop: A simple jump off one or both feet, often used as a basic step in various dance styles.
Hula Dance: A traditional Hawaiian dance style characterized by graceful hand movements, hip swaying, and storytelling gestures.
Improvisation: Creating dance movements spontaneously without a choreographed routine.
Improvisational Dance: Dance movements created spontaneously without predetermined choreography, often in response to music or other dancers.
Indian Classical Dance: Various traditional dance forms from India, including Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, and Manipuri, each with unique movements and storytelling elements.
International Style: A ballroom dance style practiced and standardized internationally, including Standard and Latin dance categories.
Intricate: Complex and detailed dance movements, patterns, or choreography that require precision and skill to execute.
Isolation: Moving one part of the body while keeping the rest still, creating a sense of isolation and emphasizing specific body parts.
Isolation: Moving one part of the body while keeping the rest still, creating a sense of isolation.
Jazz Dance: A dance style that incorporates various dance techniques, improvisation, and syncopated rhythms, often seen in musical theater and commercial performances.
Jazz Dance: A dance style that incorporates various dance techniques, improvisation, and syncopated rhythms.
Jeer: A dance movement involving mocking or taunting gestures, often used in theatrical or expressive dance performances.
Jete: A jump from one foot to the other, with a throwing or throwing movement.
Jitterbug: A lively and energetic swing dance style, characterized by fast footwork, acrobatic moves, and playful interactions between partners.
Jive: A fast-paced ballroom dance style characterized by lively and energetic movements, often featuring jumps and kicks.
Kathak: One of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance, originating from North India and known for its intricate footwork, storytelling, and expressive gestures.
Knee Slide: A dance movement where the dancer slides on one or both knees, often used for dramatic or theatrical effects in performances.
Krumping: A high-energy and expressive street dance style characterized by intense movements, stomps, and powerful gestures, often used as a form of self-expression.
Lambada: A Brazilian dance style characterized by close body contact, fast footwork, and playful movements, often danced to Latin music.
Latin Ballroom Dance: A category of ballroom dances that includes cha-cha, samba, rumba, paso doble, and jive, featuring lively and passionate movements.
Leap: A large and expressive jump, often involving a powerful push from one foot and a graceful landing on the other.
Lindy Hop: A lively and energetic swing dance style, characterized by fast footwork and acrobatic moves.
Line Dance: A choreographed dance performed by a group of people in rows or lines, often following a repeated sequence of steps and patterns.
Locking: A funk dance style characterized by distinct arm movements, pauses, and locking positions, often seen in hip-hop and street dance performances.
Lyrical Dance: A dance style that combines ballet and jazz techniques with expressive and emotional movements, often performed to lyrical or emotional music.
Lyrical Dance: A dance style that combines ballet and jazz techniques with expressive and emotional movements.
Mambo: A lively Latin dance with quick steps, hip movements, and syncopated rhythms, often danced to mambo music.
Mambo: A lively Latin dance with quick steps, hip movements, and syncopated rhythms.
Maraca: A handheld percussion instrument often used in Latin music and dance, creating rhythmic sounds by shaking or striking the instrument.
Martha Graham: An influential dancer and choreographer known for her contributions to modern dance.
Martial Arts Dance: Dance movements inspired by various martial arts styles, incorporating techniques, stances, and combat-inspired choreography.
Mazurka: A Polish folk dance in triple meter, often characterized by lively and skipping movements, popularized in classical ballet repertoire.
Merengue: A lively and upbeat Latin dance style characterized by simple steps, quick movements, and playful interactions between partners.
Mime: A theatrical and expressive form of dance or performance art where movements and gestures convey specific actions, emotions, or stories without spoken words.
Minuet: A slow and graceful ballroom dance in triple meter, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, often featuring elegant and courtly movements.
Modern Dance: A dance style that emphasizes natural movements, expressiveness, and the connection between mind and body, often featuring fluid and creative choreography.
Modern Dance: A dance style that emphasizes natural movements, expressiveness, and the connection between mind and body.
Moonwalk: A signature dance move where the dancer appears to glide backward while keeping one foot in contact with the floor, popularized by Michael Jackson.
Moshing: A form of dance or movement associated with aggressive music genres, involving energetic and chaotic movements in a crowd of people.
Musical Theater Dance: Dance performances integrated into musical theater productions, featuring choreographed routines that enhance the storytelling and entertainment value.
Musicality: The ability to interpret and dance in sync with the rhythm, melody, and musical accents.
Narrative Dance: A dance piece or performance that tells a specific story or conveys a narrative through movements, gestures, and expressions.
National Dance: Traditional or folk dance styles specific to a particular country or culture, often performed in cultural events, festivals, or celebrations.
New Style Hustle: A social dance style derived from disco and hustle dance forms, featuring smooth footwork, turns, and spins, often danced to disco or contemporary music.
Novelty Dance: Playful and humorous dance styles popularized in the early 20th century, often featuring quirky movements and humorous gestures.
Oberek: A lively Polish folk dance in triple meter, often performed at weddings and festive occasions, characterized by fast spins and lively footwork.
One-Step: A simple ballroom dance style characterized by quick steps and smooth gliding movements, often danced to ragtime music.
Opera Ballet: Dance performances integrated into opera productions, featuring ballet sequences and choreography to complement the opera’s narrative and themes.
Orchesography: The art and practice of arranging and choreographing dances, often used in historical contexts to document dance forms and social dances.
Overhead Lift: A partnering lift in dance where one partner lifts the other above their head, often requiring strength, balance, and coordination.
Pad de Bourrée: A series of quick, small steps often done in ballet.
Pad de Chat: A jump where the feet are quickly drawn up under the body before landing.
Pad de Cheval: A step where one foot chases the other in a half-circle movement.
Partner Dance: Dances where two individuals dance together in coordinated movements, often characterized by close physical contact and shared patterns.
Partnering: Dance movements involving two dancers working together, often in close physical contact.
Pas de Basque: A traveling step in ballet where one foot moves behind or in front of the other.
Pas de Bourrée: A series of small, quick steps often used as a transition or preparation for jumps.
Pas de Chat: A jump where the feet are drawn up under the body before landing.
Pas de Cheval: A step where one foot chases the other in a half-circle movement.
Pas de Deux: A dance for two, often a centerpiece in classical ballet performances.
Pas de Glissade: A gliding step in which one foot slides to meet the other, often used as a transition step.
Pas de Quatre: A dance for four people, often seen in classical ballet performances.
Pas de Trois: A dance for three people, commonly featured in classical ballet performances.
Pas de Valse: A waltz step, often used in classical ballet, characterized by gliding and turning movements.
Pas de Zephyr: A quick, graceful jump often used in ballet, resembling the movement of a light breeze.
Pattern Dance: A dance style where dancers follow predetermined patterns and formations on the dance floor, often seen in ballroom and ice dancing.
Peabody: A ballroom dance characterized by quick, gliding steps and playful, theatrical movements, often performed to upbeat music.
Peabody: A ballroom dance characterized by quick, gliding steps and playful, theatrical movements.
Performance Art: A genre that combines visual art, music, and dance, often featuring live performances that blur the boundaries between different art forms.
Physical Theatre: A form of performance combining elements of theater, dance, and movement, often emphasizing physicality, gestures, and expressions to convey narratives and emotions.
Piqué Turn: A turn executed by stepping directly onto a pointe or demi-pointe from a straight leg.
Piqué Turn: A turning movement in ballet where the dancer steps directly onto a pointe or demi-pointe from a straight leg, creating a smooth and controlled rotation.
Pirouette: A turn on one foot, often performed in ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance, showcasing a dancer’s balance and control.
Pirouette: A turn on one foot, often performed in ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance.
Plié: A bending of the knees, essential in ballet for building strength and control.
Pointe Work: Dance movements performed on the tips of the toes, typically done by female ballet dancers.
Polka: A lively folk dance characterized by quick steps and lively music, popular in various cultures and often performed at social events and celebrations.
Popping: A street dance style and hip-hop element characterized by sudden muscle contractions, creating a popping or twitching effect in the dancer’s body.
Port de Bras: Arm movements in ballet, emphasizing fluidity and grace, often used to enhance the dance’s storytelling.
Port de Bras: Elegant and expressive arm movements in ballet, emphasizing fluidity and grace, often used to enhance the dance’s storytelling and aesthetics.
Practice Session: Informal dance sessions where individuals or groups practice dance moves, techniques, and routines to improve their skills and performance quality.
Professional Dancer: An individual who earns a living through dance performances, choreography, teaching, or related activities, often trained in multiple dance styles and genres.
Promenade Position: A position in ballroom dance where partners dance side by side, facing the same direction.
Quickstep: A lively ballroom dance characterized by fast footwork, quick steps, and syncopated rhythms, often danced to upbeat music.
Quickstep: A lively ballroom dance characterized by fast footwork, quick steps, and syncopated rhythms.
Rave Dance: Energetic and expressive dance styles associated with rave culture, often performed to electronic dance music (EDM) in nightclub settings.
Rehearsal: Practiced sessions where dancers and choreographers prepare and refine dance routines, movements, and choreography for performances or productions.
Rhythm Dance: A category of ballroom dance styles, including cha-cha, rumba, and swing, characterized by lively and rhythmic movements often danced to Latin or jazz music.
Rhythmic Gymnastics: A sport combining elements of ballet, dance, and gymnastics, often performed with handheld apparatus such as ribbons, hoops, and balls.
Riposte: A quick and sharp counterattack movement in fencing, often used metaphorically to describe a swift and witty comeback or response in dance performances.
Ritual Dance: Traditional dances performed in religious or ceremonial contexts, often associated with specific cultures and beliefs, conveying spiritual or symbolic meanings.
Rolling: A breakdancing move where the dancer transitions smoothly and fluidly on the floor, using various body parts to create rolling movements.
Romantic Ballet: A ballet style popular in the 19th century, emphasizing ethereal and romantic themes, delicate movements, and expressive storytelling through dance.
Ronde de Jambe: A circular movement of the working foot in ballet, often performed at the barre, emphasizing flexibility and control of the leg.
Ronde de Jambe: A circular movement of the working foot, often performed at the barre in ballet.
Rumba: A sensual and romantic Latin dance style characterized by slow, swaying movements, intricate footwork, and expressive hip action.
Rumba: A sensual Latin dance characterized by slow, romantic movements and expressive hip action.
Salsa Dance: A lively and energetic Latin dance style characterized by intricate footwork, playful hip movements, and passionate partnering, often danced to salsa music.
Salsa: A lively and energetic Latin dance style, characterized by intricate footwork and playful hip movements.
Samba: A lively Brazilian dance characterized by rapid hip movements and energetic, bouncy steps.
Samba: A lively Brazilian dance style characterized by rapid hip movements, bouncing steps, and playful carnival-inspired choreography, often danced to samba music.
Saut de Chat: A jump in ballet where the dancer leaps into the air with both legs extended sideways, resembling the movement of a cat.
Saut de Chat: A jump in ballet where the dancer leaps into the air with both legs extended sideways.
Sautillé: A small and quick jump, often used in classical ballet variations and repertoire, emphasizing lightness and precision.
Sautillé: A small, quick jump, often used in classical ballet variations.
Sauté: A jump from both feet onto one foot, with the other foot extended to the front or back.
Savoy Style Lindy Hop: A style of Lindy Hop dance originating from the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York, characterized by fast footwork, acrobatic moves, and energetic performances.
Shadow Dance: A dance style where one or more dancers imitate the movements and gestures of a shadow, often creating visually captivating and surreal performances.
Shag Dance: A swing dance style characterized by lively footwork, quick steps, and playful movements, often performed to upbeat music.
Shuffle: A tap dance step where the dancer brushes the ball of the foot forward or backward, creating a rhythmic sliding sound, often used in tap dance routines.
Social Dance: Dances performed in social settings for recreation and enjoyment, including various styles like swing, salsa, and tango.
Social Dance: Informal dances performed in social settings, emphasizing interaction, connection, and enjoyment, including various styles like swing, salsa, and tango.
Solo Dance: A dance performed by a single dancer, often featuring individual creativity, technical skills, and expression, without the need for a partner.
Soutenu: A turn in which the dancer pivots on both feet, often done in a series of continuous turns.
Spins and Turns: Dance movements involving rotations of the body, often requiring balance, spotting, and control to execute graceful and precise spins and turns.
Spot Turn: A turning movement in ballroom dance where one partner rotates in place while the other partner dances around them.
Spotlight Dance: A performance where a couple or individual showcases their dance skills and creativity.
Stage Dance: Dance performances specifically designed for the stage, often incorporating elaborate costumes, lighting, and set designs to enhance the visual impact.
Standard Dances: A category of ballroom dances that includes waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, and quickstep.
Street Dance: Dance styles originating from urban environments, often emphasizing improvisation, creativity, and self-expression, including hip-hop, breaking, and krumping.
Stride: A dance movement where the steps are long and purposeful, often emphasizing confidence and assertiveness in the dancer’s demeanor.
Studio Rehearsal: Practice sessions held in dance studios, allowing dancers to refine their techniques, learn new choreography, and prepare for performances.
Swing Dance: A group of social dances characterized by lively and swinging movements, often danced to swing music, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, and East Coast Swing.
Synchronization: The precise alignment and coordination of movements among multiple dancers, creating a harmonious and visually appealing performance.
Syncopation: Adding rhythmic accents or steps between the regular beats of the music, creating a lively and dynamic effect.
Tandem Charleston: A variation of Charleston dance where partners face each other and mirror each other’s movements, often featuring dynamic footwork and playful interactions.
Tango Dance: A passionate and dramatic ballroom dance style characterized by close embrace, intricate footwork, and sharp head movements, often danced to tango music.
Tango: A passionate and dramatic ballroom dance characterized by sharp movements and intense connection between partners.
Tap Dance: A dance style where dancers wear shoes with metal taps on the soles, creating rhythmic sounds by striking the floor with the feet, often featuring intricate footwork and syncopated rhythms.
Tarantella: A lively Italian folk dance characterized by quick steps, lively music, and playful interactions between dancers, often performed at celebrations and festive events.
Technique: The specific movements, positions, and principles used in dance styles, emphasizing proper form, alignment, and execution of dance steps.
Tendu: A ballet movement where the working foot is extended along the floor, keeping contact with the floor.
Time Step: A basic tap dance step where the dancer creates rhythmic sounds by striking the floor with the feet in specific patterns and sequences.
Top Rock: Upright dance movements in breakdancing, often involving footwork, poses, and gestures performed while standing, emphasizing creativity and style.
Traditional Dance: Dances passed down through generations within specific communities or cultures, often reflecting historical, social, or religious aspects of the community.
Transcendence: The state of being beyond ordinary limits, often experienced in dance through moments of intense focus, connection, and artistic expression.
Tribal Dance: Dance styles originating from tribal or indigenous cultures, often emphasizing community, ritual, and storytelling through movement and music.
Turbo: A breakdancing move where the dancer spins on their back while propelling themselves with their hands, creating a rotating motion on the floor.
Turn: A movement where the dancer spins around a central axis, often on one foot.
Turnout: The outward rotation of the legs from the hips, often emphasized in ballet and other dance styles to create a visually pleasing line and enhance movements.
Turnout: The rotation of the legs from the hips, allowing the feet to turn outward.
Tut: A breakdancing move where the dancer creates angular and robotic movements with their arms and hands, often resembling the poses seen in ancient Egyptian art.
Twist: A dance move involving a twisting motion of the hips and body, often seen in various dance styles, including rock and roll and hip-hop.
Twist: A dance movement where the hips and upper body rotate in opposite directions.
Two-Step: A simple ballroom dance characterized by quick steps and a slow, smooth glide.
Twyla Tharp: A renowned choreographer and dancer known for her innovative and eclectic dance creations.
Unity: The harmonious integration of movements, formations, and expressions among dancers, creating a cohesive and synchronized performance.
Urban Dance: Dance styles originating from urban environments, often influenced by hip-hop culture and street dance, emphasizing creativity, improvisation, and self-expression.
Vaganova Method: A ballet training method developed by Agrippina Vaganova, emphasizing strength, flexibility, and expressiveness.
Veil Dance: A style of dance where a flowing veil is used as a prop, enhancing movements and creating visually captivating effects, often seen in belly dance and contemporary dance performances.
Viennese Waltz: A fast-paced ballroom dance characterized by sweeping movements, elegant turns, and continuous rotations, often danced to classical waltz music.
Viennese Waltz: A fast-paced ballroom dance with quick rotational movements and elegant gliding steps.
Visual Poetry: The artistic expression of emotions, themes, or narratives through visually striking movements and choreography, often evoking a sense of poetry and symbolism.
Voguing: A dance style and art form originating from the LGBTQ+ ballroom scene, characterized by model-like poses, dramatic gestures, and fluid movements, often performed competitively in voguing balls.
Waltz: A graceful and romantic ballroom dance characterized by flowing movements and a distinctive 3/4 time signature.
Waltz: A graceful ballroom dance style characterized by flowing movements, smooth turns, and a distinctive 3/4 time signature in the music.
War Dance: Traditional dances performed by indigenous cultures, often associated with rituals, ceremonies, or preparations for battle, conveying strength, bravery, and unity.
Warm-up: A series of exercises performed before a dance session to prepare the body and muscles.
Wave: A dance movement where the body creates a wave-like motion, often passing through different parts of the body, creating a visually captivating effect.
Whirling Dervish: A Sufi Muslim dance ritual where practitioners spin in circles as a form of meditation and spiritual communion, symbolizing the revolving of the planets around the sun.
Windmill: A breakdancing move where the dancer spins on their back while alternating their legs in a circular motion, resembling the blades of a windmill.
World Dance: Diverse dance styles and traditions from cultures around the world, often incorporating unique movements, music, and costumes, showcasing the richness of global dance heritage.
Yoga Dance: A fusion of yoga and dance, incorporating yoga poses, breathing techniques, and fluid dance movements to enhance physical and spiritual well-being.
Zouk Dance: A sensual and romantic partner dance style originating from the Caribbean, characterized by flowing movements, close embraces, and intricate footwork, often danced to zouk music.
Échappé: A ballet movement where the feet move from a closed to an open position while jumping or in a quick, sliding motion.