New Smyrna Beach High School
Ms. Meiring

Assignments/ Vocabulary


2017- 2018 Syllabus: Download

Dance Tutorials

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Dance Terms


Week 1- Review 

5 Positions- Video

Plié- To bend.

Demi Plié- Half bend. Heels don't leave the floor.

Grand Plié- Full bend of the knees until the thighs are parallel with the floor.

Why is it important?

- It is often the beginning and ending of most leaps and turns.

-It gives power in jumps and pirouettes.

- It helps reduce the risk of injury.

Turn Out- rotation of the leg which comes from the hips, causing the knee and foot to turn outward, away from the center of the body. 

Tendu- To stretch.  Keeping the foot on the floor, the dancer stretches the leg and foot out from one position to another.

How to Tendu

Chainé- (Chain or linking) A series of turns on both feet.

Week 2

Ball Change- The shifting of weight from the ball of one foot to the flat of the other; can be executed from side to side and front to back. 

Pivot Turn- Movement step used to change direction; working leg steps forward assuming weight of body,

body changes direction, support leg reassumes weight of body; can be executed front to back, side to side.

Week 3

Week 1

Styles of Dance

Answer the following questions  

1. What style of dance do you enjoy the most? 

2. What did you like about that style? 

3. What do you hope to get from this class?

Week 2

Extra Credit- Writing Assignment (500 words)

Art, dance, drama, and music in education has been a nationally debated topic. Some people believe these topics are not necessary while other believe that these subjects are vital to well-rounded education. 

Write a persuasive essay explaining whether or not art, dance, drama, and music are an important part of a student's education. Essay must include reasons and evidence for your argument. 

September 5, 2018

Ballet Webquest- Download