1. Draw lines to connect a term to its definition



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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BALLET?

Student:____Teacher’s copy______________________________________

1. Draw lines to connect a term to its definition.


Term

Definition

corps de ballet

Giselle

changement

pirouette

barre

plié


arabesque

ballerina



a spin or turn

a bend of both knees

a group of ballet dancers who often perform in unison

a balance on 1 leg, other leg is extended in air

something to hold on near a wall

a famous 19th century ballet production

female ballet dancer

a vertical jump to change the front foot





2. Fill the gaps.

A famous ballet dancer_______e.g. Anna Pavlova_______________________________

A famous ballet choreographer____________e.g. Marius Petipa___________________

A famous ballet dance work_____________e.g. Swan Lake_______________________

The country where ballet began____________France___________________________

A composer of ballet music__________e.g. Tchaikovsky_________________________

3. Draw a tutu


(photos of tutus can be seen on links from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballet_tutu)
4. Describe what you would expect to see and/or hear if you saw a ballet dance class or performance?

e.g.


Class: Students may all be female; dressed in leotards, tights, soft shoes; doing exercises at the barre; doing slow combinations of movements in the centre of the room; leaps across the room; a curtsey of bow at the end of class. A person may be playing the piano to accompany the class.
Performance: often in a formal theatre; mime might be used to help tell a story; music is orchestral; the dance has work has sections for solos and duets; the background dancers make shapes in the background to frame the soloists; painted sets of wood or fabric to help set the location of a scene.


5. Answer the questions.
Why was Louis XIV important to ballet?

He liked to dance in court ballets and when he couldn’t dance anymore he helped to set up the first ballet training school for professional dancers.

What is one difference between male and female ballet dancers?



e.g. Males wear tights; females wear tutus. Males lift the females; females don’t lift anyone. Males have princely roles; females might be a supernatural being.

What do the letters RNZB stand for?


Royal New Zealand Ballet Company

If you were doing révèrence in a ballet class, what would you be doing?


A curtsey or bow at the end of the lesson, to thank the teacher and/or pianist.

What is a special skill or ability that ballet dancers have?



e.g. Can leap high in air; can turn several times on 1 leg; balance on tips of toes; do the splits; make flowing movements; can lift a straight leg very high in the air.



Suzanne Renner, Dunedin College of Education





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