Body action Can be categorised under headings such as locomotor (travelling from one place to another) or non-locomotor, and includes gestures, jumping, turning, twisting, balancing, stretching, bending, curling and falling.
Body shape Possible shapes of the body, include stretched, curved, angular, wide, twisted, narrow, long, small and large. The implications of symmetrical and asymmetrical body shapes for composition and performance are also essential to dance.
Canon Two or more people dancing the same movement sequentially, one after the other.
Gesture Movement which does not involve transference of weight (eg nod, punch, kick, reach, point, lift, contract, release, wave, droop, incline).
Kinesthetically With the feeling of the body in motion or stillness. By being aware of kinesthetic sensations students can perceive what is happening to the body and use this perception to motivate movement.
Motif A key movement pattern or feature in the dance, usually repeated.
Sectional changes Changes between units or phrases of movement in response to a new idea, motive or intention.
Transition Movement which occurs between key phrases or which links sections.
Travelling The transference of weight to move across and through space/distance: walk, run, hop, gallop, slide, roll, crawl, rush, creep, slither, dart, stagger, jog, prance, shuffle, jump, leap, fly, climb.

Creative Arts K-2 Syllabus p 106