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Dance Basics

Subjects : performing-arts, dance
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1. The degree of ease or continuousness of a movement from initiation to completion

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

3. Which of the following ballets used music not composed by Tchaikovsky

4. A form of Western classical dance that originated in the Renaissance courts of Europe. The dance form was formally codified by the time of King Louis XIV (mid-1600's) - Who was accomplished dancer - responsible for extensive notation as well as suppo

5. Combination: sustained time/direct space/strong weight

6. 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

7. She was an award-winning choreographer of both broadway and hollywood jazz and modern dance

8. This duo became famous in the 1940s along with cab calloway they were part of the big band circuit - and they performed in hollywood

9. He was the choreographer for Ballets Russes

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

11. Stretching of the foot along the floor - away from the standing leg

12. 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

13. Part of a movement is performed

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

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

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

17. Bending and straightening the knees

18. Modern dance technique style that explores fall and recovery

19. Forward brush followed by a backward brush

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

21. Intersects an upright standing body horizontally the table plane

22. To extend or stretch - pointing the toes

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

24. A piece of choreography that lacks flow could be improved by the addition of

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

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

27. Where is the apron of the stage located

28. 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.

29. Early modern dance composition - such as that of martha graham - was characterized by which of the following forms?

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

31. To set side by side to emphasize difference in dance - two movements that differ in energy - space - (size - direction - level) - design (symmetrical/asymmetrical - open/closed) - timing (fast/slow - even -uneven - themes or patterns.

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

33. This denishawn dancer and broadway choreographer invented theater dance

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

35. Dance movemnt that takes place at the same time across the whole group of dancers

36. Combination: sustained time/indirect space/lightweight

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

38. 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

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

40. A position of the body in space - such as curved - straight - angular - twisted - symmetrical - asymmetrical - etc.

41. 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.

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

43. The speed of the music or dance

44. He was the creator of legendary ballets for the Russian Imperial Theatre including the Nutcracker and Swan Lake

45. In order to improve student's kinesthetic awareness and originality - a teacher might assign

46. To strike - striking the floor with the foot in a brushing movement

47. A form of physical movement progressing from one place to another. Walking - running - grapevine - galloping - leaping - jumping - hopping - skipping - sliding - etc.

48. The hip joint is a

49. He was a broadway and hollywood tap and jazz dancer - as well as a movie star

50. 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