Dance Terms II (Modern Dance)

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List of simple dance terms for modern dancing. (Organic dances)


to stretch


a tendu that lifts off the floor


when we let go of our body except for the core


when we use our core to bring us back to neutral

correct allignment

shoulders over hips


the part of the body from where movement begins


furthest away from the body


center, abdominal muscles


having the characteristics of living organisms, movement that would make sense to our bodies


a pulling in of the abdominal muscles in correct alignment


a plié on one foot while still in correct alignment


three steps usually done in a plié, relevé, relevé sequence


pendular movement consisting of a release with gravity, an arcing follow through, and a suspension


to hang from a support from above so as to allow free movement

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