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What is posture? Why is it important in dance? How can you improve it?

The position that the body/body parts are in.

Correct posture helps prevent injury and enables movements to be performed correctly

Use of a mirror to check/improve posture

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What is alignment? Why is important in dance? How can you improve it?

Placement of the body in a way that is physiologically correct - a straight line

Important to help prevent injury e.g. after a jump ensuring knees and ankles are in straight line will help prevent an ankle injury

Improvements: Yoga e.g. tree pose, practising jumps/balance in the mirror to check relevant body parts are in a straight line

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What is coordination? Why is it important in dance? How can you improve it?

The ability to use different body parts together smoothly and efficiently

Important so that movements requiring different arm/leg actions can be performed correctly e.g. galloping/clapping sequence in 'Find it'

Improvement: break the movement down performing parts separately then together gaining feedback (use of mirror/teacher)

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What is balance? Why is it important in dance? How can you improve it?

Keeping the body in a steady position

Important to prevent injury (not falling over) Improved quality of movement

Improvement: yoga balances - tree pose/arabesque

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What is strength? Why is it important in dance? How can you improve it?

The ability to exert force against a resistance (the ability to lift self or others)

Important so that dancer can be more in control of their movements. Dancer can perform more technically demanding skills. Can lift others safely

Improvement: Sit ups to develop core strength, press ups to develop arm strength, jumps to develop leg strength

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What is stamina? Why is it important in dance? How can you improve it?

The ability of your heart and lungs to work for a long period of time

Important so that you can dance for a long period of time without affecting performance

Improvement: Repetition of whole dances, continuous corner work - running, leaping, ball changes etc

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What is flexibility? Why is it important in dance? How can you improve it?

The range of movement around a joint

Important to help improve performance (perform more complex movements) and help prevent injury

Improvement: Stretching (be able to give specific examples)

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What is mobility?

The ability to move freely and easily

9

What is control?

The ability to move your body in the way that you want to.

10

Identify the main technical/physical skills required in dance (9)

Posture
Alignment
Coordination
Balance
Strength
Stamina
Flexibility
Mobility
Control

11

Identify the main mental skills needed to be successful in dance (4)

Focus
Concentration
Confidence
Determination

12

Identify the main expressive skills needed to be successful in dance (6)

Focus
Projection
Sense of style
Musicality
Communication of choreographic intent
Sensitivity to other dancers

13

Define 'focus'

The dancers sightline. How and where the dancer looks

14

Define 'projection'

The clarity, energy and power of the performance

15

Define 'sense of style'

Sensitivity to the distinctive actions and qualities of the dance

16

Define 'musicality'

Timing, phrasing and sensitivity to musical elements such as rhythm, timing and timbre

17

Define 'communication of choreographic intent'

Empathy with the mood or meaning of the dance and the ability to interpret and communicate this

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How do you achieve a high quality dance performance? (7)

Planning the rehearsal schedule
Commitment to the rehearsal
Identification of technical and expressive skills necessary for effective performance
Awareness of the characteristic features of the dance
Analysis of strengths and weaknesses of their own and other’s performance and capacity to improve
Systematic repetition to enhance performance
Using ICT to improve performance