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3.22. What are the basic movements in dance?




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This article is from the Ballet and Modern Dance FAQ, by Tom Parsons twp@panix.com with numerous contributions by others.

3.22. What are the basic movements in dance?

Somebody classified all the ways of moving in dance into seven
categories. These are:
plier, to bend 'elancer, to dart
'etendre, to stretch glisser, to glide
relever, to rise tourner, to turn
sauter, to leap
The origin of this categorization is obscure. Contrary to what an earlier
version of this FAQ stated, it is almost certainly not Noverre's (Question

 

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