The Dancer's Extension

Taking an academic approach to dance education.

Challenge of the Month

DECEMBER 2017

CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH


This month, we are working on responding to dance.  You are the audience this time, and you get to tell what you like, and why you like it (or don't like it!).  Watch the video link below.  It's a dance built from the inspiration of Christmas, performed by a group of students at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.  They are performing for their community much like we will do this month.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp3crBayP4k


Once you've viewed the video, then answer these questions below:

1.  How do the dancers use the elements of dance (time, space, energy)?

2.  Name your favorite part (step, phrase) of the dance.  Why is this your favorite?

3.  What could the dancers do to make the choreography or performance better?

Step of the Month

DECEMBER 2017

STEP OF THE MONTH


WALTZ STEP/TRIPLE STEP


Pronounced: This one's in English!


The waltz is the oldest of the ballroom dances.  Ballet dancers incorporated the basic waltz step into their dances and performances.  Moving on a straight line, step down on the right with a flat foot and bent knee.  Then step up on the ball of the left foot and again on the ball or the right foot, keeping the knees straight.  Repeat these three steps, this time stepping down on the flat foot with the left foot first.  Keep moving on a straight line.  When jazz and modern dancers came along, they wanted to do away with everything old fashioned.  They renamed this step the triple step because of the three repeating steps.