FAQS ABOUT DANCE
Beginning Sunday, July 25th, each of these topics will be linked to a dance or dance film.
WHAT IS DANCE?
What’s an example of stillness?
How do dancers stay with the music?
How does a choreographer choose music?
What is music visualization?
Where can we see evidence of the same movement at different tempi?
What’s an example of a dancer filling the negative space?
What’s a benefit of not having set counts?
How does this affect the dancer?
Where can we see evidence of form in action?
What’s it like to dance with a partner?/What’s it like to be a partner?
What can be most challenging in partnering?
What are artists?
At what age does a dancer need to start?
What is a dancer’s diet?
What is muscle memory?
Can a dancer dance when pregnant?
Do dancers get paid well?
How old do you have to be to get into a dance company?
Do dancers dance a lot?
What challenges do dancers have?
How does the height of a dancer affect choreography?
What’s a pirouette look like?
Why don’t modern dancers dance with shoes on?
DANCE AND SPORTS
How are dancers like gymnasts?
What is an usher?
What is the ‘house’?
What is a ghost light?
What is center stage?
What are stage directions?
What is a special?
What is a leg?
What is a cyc?
What is a wing?
Do technicians get confused?
How does a traveler curtain
WRITING ABOUT DANCE
What do you think of when you watch dance?
What are ways to interpret dance?
MAKING A DANCE
How can a dance be made?
What is improvisation?
What is repetition in dance?
Where is evidence of this?
What is theme?
How can a movement be manipulated?
What is unison?
REHEARSING AND PERFORMING
How many days each week do dancers rehearse?
How many hours do we practice each day?
Why do you rehearse so much?
What is the rehearsal process like?
What’s it like to be dancing in the front row?
What’s it like to get through an evening-length dance?
What’s it like to learn a fast piece?
How does a dancer feel while performing?
Is dance ever terrifying as a performer?
How does a dance change over time for the performer?
What’s the benefit of having more than one performance of a dance in the theater?
How do dancers stay together?
How does peripheral vision help dancers?
What is marking?
What’s a curtain call?
VIEWING AND TALKING
How to view dance, how to observe dance, how to analyze dance?
What is going on for the audience in a dance?
What does an audience see?
What does the audience get to decide?