Parallel Position (Left, Right)
|Two of the most prominent American teaching systems define Parallel
School #1 defines Parallel as being the same as Outside Partner Position, with man and lady
facing each other, slightly offset.
School #2 defines Parallel as being the same as Shadow
Position, with man and lady facing the same direction, slightly offset.
||A dramatic French-Spanish Flamenco-style march danced in 2/4 time,
with man portraying the matador in a bullfight, the lady as his cape. Paso Doble is
usually danced to España Cani, the Spanish Gypsy Dance.
||A small group of individual steps or movements.
||A spin on one foot, with the free foot held next to the standing
foot in first position.
||Movement of the body or part of the body which emulates the swinging action of a pendulum: A lower portion of the
body travels at a faster rate of speed than a portion of the body above.
||(1) A self-contained musical statement which has a definite
beginning, middle and end ; A musical passage or sentence. In dance music, the length of
the phrases is often consistent and predictable, (such as 2, 4, or 8 measures), but odd-measure phrases are not uncommon.
A self-contained piece of choreography that has a
definite beginning, middle, and end ; A dance passage or sentence. Choreography is
normally either phrased to fit specific musical passages, or to match common general song
||The inclination of the body forward or backward.
||(1) The turning of the supporting
foot against the floor (general context).
(2) A turn in the
direction of the forward foot, taken following a forward or backward progressive movement,
with weight held over one foot.
||(1) Any movement or action which
includes the turning of a weighted foot (general context).
turn in the direction of the forward foot, taken following a forward progressive movement,
where the majority of rotation occurs as the weight is leaving the supporting foot.
||(1) To extend the foot in such a way that it is placed at an angle
roughly parallel to the leg.
(2) An extended position of the foot which
is acheived when the toe or ball is
still in contact with the floor, but the heel is not.
Figure (1) and (2): Pointed Foot
||Refers to the alignment of the feet when
diffferent from the direction the body is facing or moving.
||The pitch of the body and placement of the body weight relative to
||A fast and lively Bohemian dance of Polish origin, danced to
traditional German "oom-pah" music in 2-4 time. The basic movement is
characterized by three steps and a hop.
of the Arms
||The five positions of the feet as defined in Ballet, such as First
Position (arms down, at sides), Second Position (arms extended to side), and
Fifth Position (arms raised above head).
of the Feet
||(1) Indication of the placement of the feet relative to each other.
Examples: LF Forward, RF Side, LF Diagonally Back.
(2) The five
positions of the feet as defined in Ballet, which are:
- First Position (together)
- Second Position (apart, side-by-side)
- Third Position (heel to instep)
- Fourth Position (apart, one foot forward)
- Fifth Position (toe to heel)
See also: [ Technical
Tips: Foot Positions ]
||The positioning of the different body parts relative to one
another. Good posture is acheived by vertically aligning the different "blocks of weight" of the body (head, shoulders,
abdomen, and hips), allowing for the natural curve of the spine with minimal distortions.
also: [ Poise | Alignment | Technical Tips: Posture ]
||A body position seen in Paso Doble and occasionally Tango, where
the weight is split between the feet, but favoring the front foot. The front leg is bent
with the foot arched high on the ball, while the back leg is straight with the foot flat
on the floor.
||A person who seeks financial gain from the teaching or performing
See also: [ Amateur
||Movement which travels forward or backward through space.
||Movement which is both progressive and rotational in nature.
Examples of progressive rotation are Pivots, Chainé Turns, and the Viennese Left Cross
||Extention of the body position, posture, movement, energy and
volume to a performance level.
||A V-shaped dance position where both man and lady move forward and
in the same direction, toward the open end of the "V".
||To roll the foot so that the top angles inward (inside edge to the
floor). Pronation is a common technique in Latin and Rhythm styles.
See also: [ Supanate ]
|Push & Pull
||Tension applied to a connection through the manipulation of body
weight toward it (Push) or away from it (Pull).