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Performance Terms

In the performing arts, artists express themselves through the use their body or voice. Artists perform to an audience. Performing arts include dance, music, comedy, improv, theatre, mime, magic, puppetry and public speaking. Performers often use instruments, props, costumes and makeup.

Theatre: Actors perform stories for an audience. Theatre performances includes plays, musicals, opera, improv, and mime.

Dance: Refers movement used as creative expression and often presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. Types of dance include ballet, tap, modern, swing, contra, belly, jazz, and ballroom to name a few.

Choreography: the art of planning dance steps.

"When I examine myself and my method of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge."
(Albert Einstein)