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Dance Basics

Subjects : performing-arts, dance
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1. He was a legendary avant garde choreographer






2. This denishawn student - legendary dancer - and choreographer developed the graham technique






3. Defined specifically as the volume at Which musical notes are played.






4. A line along which a person or part of the person such as an arm or head - moves. Pathways can be linear - in circles - zigzags - etc.






5. Combination: sudden time/indirect space/strong weight






6. Combination: sudden time/direct space/light weight






7. More is added to the original movement






8. What is the primary muscle that is stretched by reaching forward from a seated position and bending the upper torso as close to the floor as possible - while the legs are extended to the sides at roughly a 150 degree angle (straddle stretch)?






9. This award winning choreographer and musical director of cabaret - sweet charity - and all that jazz created the fosse technique






10. Multiple performers perform a movement in succession






11. These brothers were famous in vaudeville - on the jazz circuit and in hollywood for their daring acrobatic style






12. In Laban Movement Analysis the space in which a dancer's body is moving is called the






13. Physics principles that govern motion - flow - and weight in time and space including: the law of gravity - balance and centrifugal force.






14. Forward brush followed by a touch






15. Movements are repeated






16. Feet heels touching toes turned out arms: both arms held in front of the torso hands at waist level






17. Combination: sustained time/indirect space/lightweight






18. Slow sustained movements that often incorporate developpes and balances such as penches






19. Combination: sustained time/indirect space/strong weight






20. She was the co-founder of denishawn - the first modern dance school






21. Modern jazz style that is an exploratory style. mixes in ballet






22. The action of turning a ball-and-socket joint; circular movement around a central axis






23. Tap dancers that focus on design and dance aspect of tapping such as fred astaire - gene kelly and ann miller






24. The sagittal plane divides the body






25. If a ballet step such as grand battement is performed en croix - this means






26. Which of the following dance steps is most advanced? plie - degage - entrechat - tendu






27. Which of the following societal changes has probably had the least impact on the variety of dance styles that are performed in the US today?






28. He was a crippled dancer who created a therapeutic method that led to the development of standard jazz technique






29. This focuses on recognizing habitual movement patterns and postures - as well as places of accumulated tension - and then altering patterns and postures to address associated problems. can help improve balance - muscular support and flexibility - coo






30. This is a repeating pattern of stressed and unstressed beats in a piece of music






31. This involves placing the limbs into positions so that the resulting combination of angles is unusual.






32. Which of the following men is known for pioneering tap dance as a young man living in the Five Points neighborhood of NY city






33. He was a turn of the century vaudeville hoofer who danced on broadway and in hollywood's shirley temple films






34. Outward rotation; turning a limb outward - toward the back of the body






35. He is a new generation broadway/hollywood tap and hip hop dancer and choreographer






36. The size of the movement is increased or decreased






37. The term 'port des bras' refers to






38. Feet heel of one foot against the instep of the other foot toes turned out arms: arm corresponding with front foot overhead arem corresponding with back foot open to the side as in second position






39. A type of dance that began as a rebellion against steps and positions and values - Expressive and original or authentic movement. Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham






40. A dance teacher would most likely suggest that a student practice Pilates exercises in order to






41. Which of the following steps in tap dance would produce a total of four audible taps?






42. A state of equilibrium referring to the balance of weight or the spatial arrangement of bodies.






43. Dance marked by movement isolations and complex polyrhythms found in African American music such as - ragtime - jazz - spirituals - blues - work songs and is considered and American style of dance.






44. This is the speed at Which music is played.






45. In Laban's theory of effort (sometimes called movement dynamics) - which of the following qualities is not a dimension of effort?






46. To extend or stretch - pointing the toes






47. Movement of a limb toward the midline of the body






48. Asking students to research a non-western culture and perform a dance from that culture is an example of an _____ approach to learning






49. Dance performed in a social setting; traditionally referred to as ballroom - but includes all popular social dances performed with or without partners






50. This broadway and hollywood performer and choreographer introduced African and caribbean dance styles