CLEP Humanities : Understanding Terminology That Describes Dance

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Dance

The style of dance that requires its performers to wear a "pointe shoe" is __________.

Possible Answers:

waltz

tango

jazz

ballet

modern

Correct answer:

ballet

Explanation:

A "pointe shoe" is a shoe that allows a dancer to stand directly on his or her toe, to create a light silhouette and perform various maneuvers. These are necessities in ballet, which desires its dancers to move seemingly effortlessly and beautifully. The "pointe shoe" and dancing "on pointe" is one of the features that distinguish ballet from other styles of dance.

Example Question #2 : Dance

Which French term describes a ballet move that involves turning the body while on one leg?

Possible Answers:

Arabesque

Pas de deux

Sprial

Pirouette

Alignment

Correct answer:

Pirouette

Explanation:

Alignment describes harmonious, unbroken lines with arms and legs. Arabesque refers to standing on one leg and extending the other leg and both arms away from the body. A pas de deux involves dance sequences with two dancers. Spiral refers to a twisting movement, but does not mean that is it done on one leg; it is also not a French term.

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