performing arts

Definitions of performing arts

n arts or skills that require public performance

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musical performance
the act of performing music
dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore
taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
acting, performing, playacting, playing
the performance of a part or role in a drama
the act of playing a musical instrument
jam session
an impromptu jazz concert
a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
break dance, break dancing
a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music
a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats
nauch, nautch, nautch dance
an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
pavan, pavane
a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
a rhythmic dance to reggae music performed by bending forward and extending the hands while bending the knees
slam dance, slam dancing
a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock
hoofing, step dancing
dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
toe dance, toe dancing
a dance performed on tiptoe
choreography, stage dancing
a show involving artistic dancing
pas seul, variation
(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
duet, pas de deux
(ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
pas de trois
(ballet) a dance for three people
pas de quatre
(ballet) a dance for four people
social dancing
dancing as part of a social occasion
a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing
a dance that is part of a religious ritual
singing, vocalizing
the act of singing vocal music
characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal
acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
impersonation, personation
imitating the mannerisms of another person
method, method acting
an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
dumb show, mime, pantomime
a performance using gestures and body movements without words
business, byplay, stage business
incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
a short theatrical episode
hamming, overacting
poor acting by a ham actor
ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct
performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time
acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
Type of:
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts
studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)

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