Words Used To Describe Movement In Performance

Here is a list of over 200 words I have compiled that will assist students of drama and theatre to describe the movement of actors in performance. Often as part of their coursework, students need to analyse the play making process of a piece of their own work or evaluate a performance by themselves or others. Questions about the use of movement by performers can also appear in written examinations.

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agilehurryslither
aheadjabslouch
amblejogslow
balancejumpsmash
barrellanguidsnake
behindlazysneak
bendleapsoar
boltleftsouth
bounceleisurelyspeedy
boundliftspin
brisklightsprint
burstlinearsprint
careenloiterstagger
carvelumberstalk
catchmarchstamp
chasemeanderstately
chopmeasuredstep
clapmeltstomp
climbmoseystreak
clockwisemovestretch
closenimblestrike
crawlnon-linearstroll
creepnorthstrong
danceopenstrut
dartoversudden
dashpassswagger
dawdleplodsway
deftpluckswerve
deliberateplummetswift
digplungeswing
directpokeswoop
diveposetap
dodgeprancethrow
downpropeltickle
downwindpulltiptoe
dragpunchtrot
drivequicktrudge
dropracetumble
duckramturn
eastrighttwirl
edgerisetwist
fallrollunder
fastrunup
flaprushupwind
fleesailwaddle
flipsaunterwalk
flouncescamperwaltz
flyscramblewest
freescuttlewhisk
freezeshakewiggle
gallopshoveworm
glideshrugwriggle
grabshufflewring
hangskatezigzag
heaveskipzip
homewardskitterzoom
hopslide
hurlslink
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Not sure of the meaning of a word on the list? Look it up in the dictionary.

4 comments on “Words Used To Describe Movement In Performance

  1. The list is very helpful although some words were repeated. It will be more comprehendible if it were in alphabetical order

  2. Useful site for teaching elements of drama

  3. List of words now alphabetical by column, repeated words deleted, optimised for mobile view.

  4. Hi friends, its impressive post about cultureand entirely
    defined, keep it up all the time.

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