Learn more about how dancers use mime to communicate story.

This unit is about how dancers use ‘mime’ to communicate aspects of the story to drive forward to the plot. There are some standard gestures in the repertoire which indicate certain emotions. Looking at the images below, can you identify what the dancer is saying?



You’d have guessed correctly if you said the dancer was indicating:

  • ‘But’
  • ‘Asleep’
  • ‘Afraid’
  • ‘I’

In this set of images, the dancer demonstrates some more complex ballet mime signals:

  • ‘Dance’
  • ‘In the forest’
  • ‘What’s that?’