Here is an explanation of some of the basic warm-up exercises we will see
purpose: to stretch the hamstrings and back muscles; to strengthen the
how to: feet parallel 2nd, tilt forward from the hips, arms reaching away
An American modern dance technique developed in the 1930's-40's-50's
by Lester Horton.
Natural low: arms reaching straight down at sides, palms in
Middle parallel: reaching forward from shoulders, palms in
High parallel: rea
a technique for landing jumps safely and efficiently. AKA "rolling through the feet".
The purpose of TBHP is to absorb the impact of a jump with a quiet and efficient landing.
(efficient = not wasting any energy).
Using TBHP also
Floorwork: dancing that happens on a lower level OR skills that transition
you to and from the floor
Twist and Sit
a turning roll that can quickly move to and from the floor.
- use a lunge to lower down closer to the floor
- tuck in your legs to spe
A grand battement side with the hips tilted sideways.
When tilting, our goal is to create a tilt line where the arms are parallel to the extended
a circular grand battement - the leg brushes down across the body, circling up an
beating of the legs
a "stretched" beat; slide the leg open, along the floor, to a pointed foot
a "disengaged" beat; brush the leg inches off the floor to a point (passes through tendu)
a "large" b
a set sequence of movements
a person who creates dance
a "sentence" of dance, typically 8 counts long.
a phrase can also refer to a longer section of choreography, made of several 8-counts that
flow together like a "parag
to draw the toes up to and passing the knee, to come down on the other
a tight releve in 5th (or 3rd) position
an "arab-like" pose on one leg, with the arms and other leg extended.
(we define our arabesque by the relationship
- "to develop", a leg exercise that develops through 4 positions
- point to ankle, raise to passe, lift to attitude, extend (then close)
- a lifted and bent position of the leg
- not only for developpe, this can be used on its own, in t
The use of mental images to evoke a specific quality of movement or
- leap as if you are jumping over a large puddle
- fall to the floor like a candle melting slowly
The way that you are moving; the volume or intensity o