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Dance Terms II (Modern Dance)

List of simple dance terms for modern dancing. (Organic dances)
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tendu
to stretch
degagé
a tendu that lifts off the floor
fall
when we let go of our body except for the core
recovery
when we use our core to bring us back to neutral
correct allignment
shoulders over hips
initiation
the part of the body from where movement begins
distal
furthest away from the body
core
center, abdominal muscles
organic
having the characteristics of living organisms, movement that would make sense to our bodies
contraction
a pulling in of the abdominal muscles in correct alignment
lunge
a plié on one foot while still in correct alignment
triplet
three steps usually done in a plié, relevé, relevé sequence
swing
pendular movement consisting of a release with gravity, an arcing follow through, and a suspension
suspension
to hang from a support from above so as to allow free movement