The Dancer's Extension

Taking an academic approach to dance education.

Challenge of the Month

FEBRUARY 2018

CHALLENGE OF THE MONTH


Name the seven movements of dance.  Give either a written or visual example of each of the movements.  We will be reviewing the seven movements of dance and playing the "Valentine Hearts" game during the week of February 12.  This challenge is worth one star on the chart.  February challenges are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Step of the Month

FEBRUARY 2018

STEP OF THE MONTH


GRAND JETE


Pronounced: gronde je-tay


The translation for grand jete is "large throw of the leg".  Commonly, it means for the dancer to do a large leap in the air with the legs wide apart.  Most dancers try to get their legs into a split while in the air.  The trick to this step is to first bend the knees then push off the floor using the back bent knee to get higher into the air.  When in the air, both knees are straight and the toes are pointed.  Land softly again on a bent knee to cushion the landing.  Arms can be in various positions during the jump.  This crosses all styles and genres of dance because all dancers love to leap!