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Lester Horton Technique (DHAW)
Positions and Definitions: The technique emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination and body and spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression.
Terms in this set (21)
torso is parallel to the ground (90 degree angle)
Deep plie' with one leg forward, the front foot naturally turned out, the knee fully bent and aligned over the middle toe, the other leg extended back, the foot parallel on 3/4 releve', the pelvis over the right heel
one knee is bent, knee over middle toes, torso over the heel that is bent, and the other leg is extended to the other side, foot is parallel to the ceiling.
Flat Back Back Bend
stand in parallel second with pelvis pressed forward and the torso tilted backward, arms in high parallel
...the feet at 45 degree angle, heels touching
...the feet at 45-degree angle and opened the width of the pelvis
seated on the floor on both buttocks, both knees bent with the lower legs raised forward and parallel to the ceiling, the feet pointed, the torso may tilt diagonally backward slightly, but the head remains erect, arms in middle parallel even with the lower legs
Seated Figure 4
...the outside of the right leg from the hip down is lying on the floor, the left leg is bent, the left foot is placed on the floor parallel to the right leg, the left hip hip is pressing forward to the straightest line possible, the left arm is extended sideward and touching the top o the left knee, the right hand is on the floor with right arm perpendicular to the floor.
...place the left hand on the floor should width apart from the right hand and rotate the Seated figure 4 position to face the floor, the left heel lifts off the floor and maintains contact with the right thigh, the right leg rotates parallel.
stand in natural second, arms in high parallel, the torso tilted sideward at a 90 degree angle, weight shifted into opposite hip.
...the right leg is bent and naturally turned out, the left leg extended sideward behind and beyond the right foot and parallel, the left foot is flexed, the outside of the foot on the floor, both shoulders and hips face downstage, the body from the top of the head to the heel of the flexed foot forms a diagonal line; the right arm is in 2nd, the left arm is bent, the palm facing the ceiling, and the left elbow is reaching across toward the center of the body.
...with gesture leg in low attitude, the standing leg naturally turned out and straight, the pelvis is pressed diagonally forward, the torso tilted diagonally back, the arms in 2nd or Diagonal Egyptian.
One knee is bent, the other is parallel and lifted to the back with the knee bent, the thigh and the lower leg for a 90-degree angle, toes pointed and reaching toward the ceiling.
...the right knee bent with the shin on the floor, the foot pointed; the left leg parallel to the back with knee bent on the floor, the toes pointed and reaching to the ceiling; the arms, torso, and head remain the same as in Standing Stag
...stand with the supporting leg straight, the foot naturally turned out; the gesture leg raised laterally to the hip level and the knee bent to form a 90-degree angle, the foot pointed; the outside surface of the leg parallel to the ceiling, the arm in 2nd.
...the gesture leg raised t the front diagonal at the hip level and the knee bent to form a 45-degree angle, the foot pointed, and outside surface of the leg is parallel to the ceiling; the supporting leg naturally turned out, the arms in 2nd.
...the front of the torso, the gesture leg, ad face form a straight line parallel to and facing the ceiling, the gesture leg slightly turned out the standing foot is naturally turned out; the standing knee may bend slightly and the heel may raise to 1/4 releve', the arms in either High Parallel or 2nd
The gesture leg, and the head are tilted sideward to form a straight line parallel to both the ceiling and the floor;
the gesture leg parallel, the standing leg straight, with foot completely turned out.
...the front of the torso, the gesture leg, and face from a straight line parallel to and facing the floor; the gesture leg parallel and the standing leg straight, the foot is naturally turned out, the arms High Parallel
Seated on the floor on the both buttocks, the torso erect, the left leg bent with the shin parallel to the front, the foot pointed; one leg inverted, the foot pointed and allowing the knee to touch the toes on the left foot
The torso moves horizontally from Flat Back, drops center, then pulls Flat Back to the other side.
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