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Dance Basics

Subjects : performing-arts, dance
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1. The term 'port des bras' refers to

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

3. Forward brush followed by a touch

4. Reach space or personal space.

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

6. This is a kind of snap. the head is tossed or turned from a frontward orientation to the side.

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

8. When a movment phrase or section progresses to the next.

9. She brought the precursors of ballet to France in the 1500s

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

11. Striking the floor with an immediate release; can be done with the heel or the ball of the foot

12. A particular kind or style of dance - such as - ballet - jazz - modern - folk - tap - hip-hop - etc.

13. They codified many standard ballet rules still used today

14. The inability of dancers to maintain their spacing during a group sequence most likely indicates a lack of

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

16. Forward brush followed by a step

17. Large jumps or leaps Which move the dancer across the floor - such as grandes jetes or tours jetes

18. Combination: sustained time/indirect space/lightweight

19. A choreographer asks four dancers to perform different movements simultaneously. This is called a

20. To disengage - brushing foot thru tendu to slightly leave the ground

21. To develop or grow - drawing the working foot up the standing leg and then extending it outward

22. While executing a fouette turn (fouette en tournant) the dancer's working leg is engaged in

23. This employs mental visualization of carefull devised imagery with tactile input to enhance coordination of movement and adjust habitual posture and movement habits. if one can see efficient and aligned movement - one can achieve it

24. Forward brush followed by a backward brush

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

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

27. She was a hollywood dancer who appeared in 42nd street and other films

28. Loie Fuller - Isadora Duncan - Ruth St. Denis developed what kind of dance

29. Which of the following movements can be performed en dedans

30. Tap dancers that are part of the jazz musical tradition such as bill bojangles robinson - sammy davis jr. - gregory hines and savion glover

31. This practice employs repetitive motions derived from fundamental gestures and natural movements to increase awareness of habitual movement patterns and release tension left over from old injuries and habits in order to expand range of motion in the

32. Similar to the principles of visual art. Refers to the presence of unity - continuity (transitions) and variety (contrasts and repitition-patterns) in the choreography

33. When a frappe` is performed - the accent is typically on the

34. An element of dance that refers to the immediate spherical space surrounding the body in all directions. Use of space includes shape - direction - pathway - range of movement and level of movment(Low - middle - high).

35. With which of the following styles of modern dance is Isadora Duncan associated?

36. 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

37. Placing the ball of the foot on the floor with a weight change

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

39. He was the first African american dancer to play to white audiences

40. What is the meter in the waltz

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

42. Inward rotation; turning a limb inward - toward the front of the body

43. Jose Limon - Alvin Ailey - Paul Taylor - Katharine Dunham - Merce Cunningham expanded

44. The rhythmic pattern of the movements is varied

45. Feet: separated shoulder width third position arms: arm corresponding with front foot in front of the torso as in first position - arm corresponding with back foot overhead as in fifth position

46. These include pirouette and fouette turns - in which the dancer remains in one place on the floor

47. Feet separated shoulder width toes turned out arms: both extended open and held symmetrically out to the sides - hands between the shoulders and ribcage

48. Creation and composition of dances by arranging or inventing steps - movements - and pattern of movements.

49. Dancers begin at different points in a phrase - fall into step as the phrase progresses - and end in unison

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