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Dance Basics

Subjects : performing-arts, dance
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1. Physics principles that govern motion - flow - and weight in time and space including: the law of gravity - balance and centrifugal force.

2. Part of a movement is performed

3. This celebrated teacher founded the jazz dance world congress

4. Refers to the length of time a movement takes - from initiation to completion

5. Modern jazz style that emphasizes agility in all areas

6. 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

7. The term 'port des bras' refers to

8. Dance associated with a nationalistic purpose - usually performed today as surviving portion of a traditional celebration and done for social gatherings or as recreation

9. Nonliteral choreography may have all but which of the following goals

10. Kazua ohno and tatsumi hijikata developed

11. Awareness of one's body and its possibilities - capabilities and limitations

12. The intentional quality of the path taken by a body part or a body through space during a movement. direct or indirect

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

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

15. Succession of tones set to a particular rhythm that serves as the voice in music

16. Modern dance technique style that explores fall and recovery

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

18. In order to develop a dancer's endurance for a long performance - a teacher would recommend

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

20. A quantity or range of different things. Helps maintain the audiences interest and helps the choreographer to develop the dance. Contrasts in the use of space(open/closed) - force(smooth/sharp) and spatial designs(straight lines/ curves/zigzags)

21. Phrasing may be determined by all but which of the following

22. An element of dance characterized by the release of potential energy into kinetic energy. It utilizes body weight - reveals the effects of gravity on the body - is projected into space - and affects emotional and spatial relationships and intentions.

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

24. These denishawn students produced the first modern dance performance and established the humphrey technique

25. In order to relieve muscle tension - a dancer might engage in all but which of the following practices

26. Which of the following is typically not a goal of ideokinesis

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

28. The movement is performed using a different body part

29. A structure of movement patterns in time; the pattern produced by emphasis and duration of notes in music.

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

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

32. The action of bending a joint or the action of decreasing the angle between two levers

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

34. The original french form of classical ballet from Russia

35. He was a legendary avant garde choreographer

36. Small - quick jumps in place such as changements - temps leves - and assembles

37. Combination: sustained time/direct space/light weight

38. If one were to eliminate the jumping elements from the combination which steps would be eliminated

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

40. He established the horton technique and was a longtime partner of bell lewitzky

41. Rubrics are most effective for

42. He was the founder of Ballets Russes

43. The hip joint is a

44. This legendary tap dance partner of charles hone coles also worked as a choreographer for artists with the motown record label

45. This broadway and hollywood choreographer did the film version of west side story

46. Runs vertically from the front to the back of an upright standing body the wheel plane

47. Where is the apron of the stage located

48. Placing an accent on a normally weak beat

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

50. Modern jazz style that is a therapeutic method - emphasizes fluidity - unbroken motion - balance - and smooth transitions.