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Dance Basics

Subjects : performing-arts, dance
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1. This is a repeated grouping of accented beats

2. 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.

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

4. Basic movements or short sequences are manipulated to create new but related movements

5. A lean body with enhanced flexibility due to a lack of muscular strength

6. 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

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

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

9. A movement is made part of another movement

10. The original movement is the question and the new movement is the answer

11. Skills requiring cooperation -coordination and dependence - including imitation - lead and follow - echo - mirroring and call and response

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

13. Movement of a limb away from the midline of the body

14. Circle of the leg - tracing a half circle upon the ground using the toes

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

16. Leaving the ground and landing on the other foot

17. 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?

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

19. Widespread hand posture where the fingers are extended strongly outward from the palm

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

21. Placing the entire foot on the floor with a weight change

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

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

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

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

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

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

28. Combination: sudden time/indirect space/light weight

29. Movement executed with one body part or a small part of the body. Examples are rooling the head - shruggung the shoulders and rotating the pelvis.

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

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

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

33. A type of dance that concentrates of footwork and rhythm. This type of dance grew out of American popular dancing - with significant roots in African American - Irish and english clogging traditions.

34. Forward brush followed by a step

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

36. Energy of movement expressed in varying intensities - accent and quality

37. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44. 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.

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

46. The hip joint is a

47. The element of dance involving rhythm - phrasing - tempo - accent and duration. Time can be metered as in music or based on body rhythms such as breath - emotions - and heartbeat.

48. Feet: heel of one foot against the big toe of the other foot - toes turned out arms. both arms extending overhead

49. Tap dance is known for making heavy use of which of the following types of rhythm?

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