CLEP Humanities : Identifying Styles of Dance

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identifying Styles Of Dance

Isadora Duncan was a pioneer of which of the following forms of dance?

Possible Answers:

Ballet

Tango

Baroque

Modern

Ballroom

Correct answer:

Modern

Explanation:

Beginning her career in the late nineteenth century, Isadora Duncan restructured her dancing to focus on fluid movement, improvisation, and natural poses. This new form of dance proved divisive, but highly influential, leading directly to what became termed "modern dance."

Example Question #2 : Dance

Modern dance broke with previous dance traditions by doing all of the following EXCEPT __________.

Possible Answers:

embracing folk forms of dancing

setting aside ballet's formalism

embracing different kinds of movement

a detachment from a narrative structure

creating new levels of restriction on movements

Correct answer:

creating new levels of restriction on movements

Explanation:

Modern dance arose in the early part of the twentieth century as a reaction against ballet's dominance as the main form of concert dance. Pioneers like Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham sought to free dance from restrictive movements, ties to narrative structure, and various kinds of formalism. Modern dance also synthesized many forms of dance into creating new kinds of movement not seen before.

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