CLEP Humanities : Answering Other Questions About Dance

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Answering Other Questions About Dance

Who is the choreographer who fused modern concert dance styles with vernacular African-American dance styles?

Possible Answers:

Martha Graham

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Alvin Ailey

Rudolf Nureeyev

Frankie Manning

Correct answer:

Alvin Ailey

Explanation:

Alvin Ailey was significant in the history of dance as being one of the first prominent African-American choreographers to lead his own dance company. Ailey significantly contributed to dance by fusing the then-current forms of Modern dance in the 1950s with African-American vernacular dancing. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gained the nickname "The Cultural Ambassador to the World."

Example Question #2 : Answering Other Questions About Dance

Who is the modern dance choreographer who frequently collaborated with the avant-garde composer John Cage?

Possible Answers:

Viola Farber

Martha Graham

Merce Cunningham

Alvin Ailey

Isadora Duncan

Correct answer:

Merce Cunningham

Explanation:

Merce Cunningham followed in the footsteps of pioneering modern dance choreographers like Martha Graham and Isadora Duncan, pushing the boundaries of movement and form. One of his particular contributions was by constantly producing work by collaborating with various other artists. His most famous and long lasting partnership was with the avant-garde composer John Cage.

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