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Review of my first semester of dance

African Slaves

Jazz was brought to America by

Cake Walk

Social dance where couples parade in a circle in competion for a cake

New Orleans

birth place for blues music

Jack Cole

father of Jazz dance


technological advancement that has changed dance

Hip Hop

Cultrual movement that began among African American and Latinos

Early 1980's

portions of Hip Hop culture began spreading into the mainstream during

Old and New school

Hip Hop dance can be divided into two ...

four elements of hip hop

MCing, DJing, graffiti and break dancing


to lengthen muscles, wake-up body release tension, prevent injury


accepted standards for proper postural balance


dance or combination with smooth and strong movements, usually to popular music

jazz stride

running action reaching with the toe first, remaining the same low level the entire time


moving one body part independently of the others


no rotation toes straight ahead


outward rotation of the legs from the hip socket to the feet


rising on to the toe


a bending of the knees over the knees


delaying the head then whipping it around in order to maintain focus

dance hands

soft hands, thumb in line with the middle finger

jazz hand

fingers spread apart "spider hand"


all muscles pull center or inward

three step turn

take three eual steps while rotating 360 degrees

pivot turn

performed in two steps. 1/2 turn on the balls of the feet to change directions


to chase a sliding action or step together step. feet "kiss"

pas de bourree'

a sidewards movement or transition step where a person steps back, side, front

cross ball change

cross front, rock side, step


a turn, performed on releve' with the leg in passe' hook

passe' hook

passe' the foot at the knee, big toe touches knee


on your knees, elbows and hands parallel and flat on floor, head down, back flat


chain link turns, rapid turns in a straight line


leap from one foot to another






place the ball of the foot on the floor but do not change weight usually done in prep


place tips of toes on the floor

semi third

left foot slightly turned out, right foot straight heel in arch of the left foot

first position

legs turned out from hips heels and knees touching

second position

legs turned out from the hips, heels shoulder distance apart

third position

legs turned out from the hips, one foot directly in front of the other

fourth position

legs turned out from the hips open from third or fifth with the feet 8-10 inches apart

fifth position

legs turned out from the hips one foot directly in front of the other heels of the front foot at the point of the toe of the back foot

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