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Ballet Vocab & History

Quiz by Amanda Caldwell

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  • Q1

    A bend of the knees while the torso is upright. Can be performed in all 5 ballet positions.

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    Stretch

    Releve

    Plie

    Tendue

    30s
  • Q2

    Means to rise. The dancer springs onto the toes from plie.

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    Tendue

    Straight Leg

    Balance

    Releve

    30s
  • Q3

    Stretched action of the leg while standing. The toe keeps contact with the floor.

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    Releve

    Point

    Tendue

    Stretch

    30s
  • Q4

    Means to pass through. The toe draws up the leg and keeps contact the whole time.

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    Passe

    Point

    Degage

    Plie

    30s
  • Q5

    A large kick, performed to the front, side or back.

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    Degage

    Passe

    Tendue

    Battement

    30s
  • Q6

    Means to disengage. Sharp brushes of the pointed foot.

    Degage

    Flick

    Battement

    Brush

    30s
  • Q7

    Who was the founder of the School of American Ballet?

    Sergei Diaghilev

    George Balanchine

    Lincoln Kirstein

    Marius Petipa

    30s
  • Q8

    How far back can the origins of ballet be traced back?

    Renaissance period

    1900

    1926

    Pre-Romantic period

    30s
  • Q9

    Who was called the Sun King because of his role in a ballet?

    Vaslav Nijinsky

    King Louis XIV

    Marius Petipa

    Sergei Diaghilev

    30s
  • Q10

    What foot position is this?

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    1st

    3rd

    2nd

    4th

    30s
  • Q11

    Which foot position is this?

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    4th

    5th

    1st

    3rd

    30s
  • Q12

    Which foot position is this?

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    5th

    3rd

    4th

    2nd

    30s
  • Q13

    Which foot position is this?

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    3rd

    4th

    2nd

    1st

    30s
  • Q14

    Which foot position is this?

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    5th

    4th

    1st

    2nd

    30s

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