English Vocabulary for Drama and Dance
Free ESL in Canada English lessons for international students to study
Drama & Dance in Canada or USA during an exchange program. Drama & Dance vocabulary is
necessary for exchange students to succeed during an exchange program in the USA or Canada.
Other grammar topics include vocabulary, parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation,
tenses, verbals, conditionals and writing.
Vocabulary for Drama and Dance Exchange Students
Choral speaking, chanting.
The reading or reciting of text by a group. This involves
experimentation, interpretation, and rehearsal of a piece of text, such as a poem or riddle.
The students experiment with the use of language, rhythm, volume, and pace.
"Corridor of voices."
A formation used for exploring the
inner life of a character in drama. The character moves through the "corridor",
which is made up of others who represent his or her thoughts or conscience. As
the character passes through the corridor, the voices of those in the corridor
express a range of thoughts and feelings. Moving through a corridor of voices
can also be useful in exploring the thoughts of a character who is facing a
difficult task or decision. In this case, the voices are external and give
advice and warnings.
A drama enacted through dance. The objective is to
interpret a story, theme, or piece of music through movement.
A collection of materials (e.g., letters, songs,
poems, speeches, monologues, diaries, photographs) that represent aspects of
life in a certain historical period or aspects of the life of a person, real or
Elements of dance.
Fundamental components of dance. They include
space, shape, time (rhythm), and energy.
Elements of drama.
Fundamental components of drama. They include
character, suspense, conflict, and structure.
A technique in drama that involves the improvisational
exploration of a dramatic situation by a group. Although only a small group does
the improvisation, the rest of the group observes, and all group members
participate in creating the scene through discussion. Members of the group may
also stop the action in order to make suggestions or to take over a role.
Generally, a spontaneous response to a dramatic
situation that involves verbal and non-verbal activity. The improviser acts in
the role of a specific character. Sometimes, however, some preparation is
involved, as in the improvisation of a key moment in a drama. In such cases, the
improvisers need to do a certain amount of planning and collaboration - for
example, they need to choose carefully the moment to be enacted and the dialogue
to be spoken. Various techniques may be used. For example, students may
experiment with making transitions between still shapes (that is, moving from
one tableau to another), or they may select a word relevant to the drama and
explore aspects of its meaning through movement and role playing.
"Inner and outer circle."
The name of an activity in drama.
In this activity, the students first divide themselves into two groups. One
group forms a circle to represent a character from the drama, and the other
group forms a circle around the first circle to represent another character. The
students share, in role, their thoughts and feelings at a significant point in
the drama. Students may speak spontaneously or read from the source material
A scene in drama in which a person speaks
alone. The speech is usually long. It may be composed by the speaker or it may
be taken from source material. Its dramatic purpose is to provide insight into
A means of performing a play, story, or poem that
consists solely of reading. Meaning is conveyed only through the use of the
voice; props, costumes, sets, or music cannot be used.
A technique in drama that involves the adopting of the
point of view of a character in an imaginary situation. The aim of the exercise
is to try to understand through imagination what that character feels and how
that character thinks. When someone is playing the role of a character, he or
she is said to be speaking or writing "in role". Speaking in role is
not confined to acting in a dramatic scene, but can be done out of the scene;
that is, someone could still be playing the part of a character, for purposes of
study, during a discussion of the motives or personality of that character.
Soundscape, sound collage.
The combination of sounds, which may
include vocal and instrumental sounds, to create a specific atmosphere or to
accompany important moments of a scene.
A silent group of people frozen in time to represent a scene,
abstract idea (e.g., peace, joy), or theme.
In written work, style or character revealed through the use of
vocabulary, sentence structure, and imagery, for example, as well as the rhythm
of the prose and the mood of the piece as a whole. In spoken drama, style or
character revealed mainly through the use of vocabulary, as well as through tone
of voice and pace of speech.
Writing in role.
Writing as a character from a drama in order to
sharpen understanding of that character and develop further scenes on the basis
of this understanding. Some examples of forms that may be used are diaries,
letters, and reports on specific events that indicate the character's responses
to those events.
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