May-June 2015 | Dance History Quiz

dance-hqFun facts for teachers & students

1 Which tap dancer—who mentored tappers such as Savion Glover, Jane Goldberg, and Dianne Walker—signaled his appreciation for other performers by throwing his tap shoes onto the stage?


a. Tommy Tune
b. Gregory Hines
c. Jerry the mouse
d. Sammy Davis Jr.

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2 New York City Ballet dancer Tanaquil LeClercq contracted polio at age 27 and retired from the stage. She taught from a wheelchair for which other New York City–based ballet company?


a. Dance Theatre of Harlem
b. American Ballet Theatre
c. Ballet Hispanico
d. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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3 Which modern dance choreographer was best known for creating movement separate from music, and putting them together only late in the process—sometimes during dress rehearsal or even performance?


a. Katherine Dunham
b. Murray Louis
c. Merce Cunningham
d. Paula Abdul

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4 The prestigious New York Dance and Performance Awards, known as the “Bessie” awards, are named after renowned dance educator Bessie Schönberg, and focus primarily on performance,choreography, and production. However, they have on a few occasions been awarded to dance educators. Who was the first dance educator to be recognized with a Bessie?


a. Ellen Robbins, “For Teaching Children”
b. Mary Anthony, “For Her Inspirational Teaching”
c. Bessie Schoenberg, “Lifetime Achievement”
d. Ms. Mimi, “For Exceptional Work with Mouselings”

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5 Which b-boy crew appeared in Flashdance, the 1983 blockbuster movie that helped bring hip-hop dance forms into mainstream culture?


a. Dynamic Rockers
b. Rock Steady Crew
c. New York City Breakers
d. Taylor Swift’s backup dancers

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6 Who were three important personalities behind the creation of Broadway Dance Center, an important hub for dance training in New York City?


a. Jo Jo Smith, Frank Hatchett, Richard Ellner
b. Chuck Kelley, Graciela Daniele, Savion Glover
c. Peg Leg Bates, Mr. Wiggles, Arthur Murray
d. Ann Reinking, Lynn Simonson, Henry LeTang

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7 Which of these well-known, historically important modern dance choreographers was not nominated for a Best Choreography Tony Award?


a. Twyla Tharp
b. Anna Sokolow
c. Isadora Duncan
d. Bill T. Jones

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8 Which of these combinations is not an iconic phrase found in a famous musical or ballet?


a. Four women enter, cross hands, stand in B+. Step to coupé front, then, traveling R, step R, coupé L back, step L, coupé R front, repeat through measure, head moving L to R. Small jeté R, pas de bourrée to fifth, relevé passé L, drop to plié coupé front as head drops to look down at front L foot. Repeat sequence to L, then R, then L. Entrechats quatre; passé, switching direction of head on passé, repeat. Echappé second 4 times.
b. Piqué step R L second position while reaching into a V with jazz hands. Step down R L; jazz hands reach down. Step R, passé hop. Step L, assemblé through passé, end in deep jazz plié. Spring into the air, flick kick R leg. Touch R.
c. Point R leg to R, touch it back in, repeat. Point L leg to L, touch it back in, repeat. With feet in parallel first, hop forward. Hop backward. Hop hop hop.
d. Stomp spank hop flap flap step. Stomp spank hop shuffle step flap step. Repeat each, R and L, four times. Stomp spank hop shuffle step flap shuffle ball change ball change ball change step. Repeat RL twice.

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