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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Click Heels through Count

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In this set : Click Heels through Count.

 

Click Heels : Having the weight on both balls of the feet, twist heels in, striking them together.

Click Toes : Having the weight on the heels of the feet, (toes raised in the air), twist toes in, striking them together.

Clip : Striking the heel against the toe of the opposite foot or striking the the toe against the heel of the opposite foot. Derivative of the Lancaster Clog.

Clog : Clog dancing first appeared in the industrial areas of Northern England, Southwest Scotland, and South Wales. This form of dancing came into existence around 1870 and is assumed to have originated in Lancaster.

Clogs : Clogs refers to a wooden-soled shoe and heels and in their final form were made of hard maple. The sole was originally one solid piece of wood with the wooden heel attached thereto. This was rather an awkward combination of equipment to dance in and in later years, the split sole came into being. The wooden sole was attached to the welt of the sole and extended back to the instep of the foot. The wooden heel was separate and attached to the leather sole. With the development of the split sole, the dancer had the flexibility to execute much more complicated footwork.

Cluster : Usually referred to a flurry or group of tap sounds performed in rapid succession. (Not a commonly used term).

Contrast : The variation of rhythm patterns in relation to one another.

Corkscrew : A twisting movement wherein the toe of one foot is raised from the floor with the heel remaining on the floor. The toe is twisted in and out. This movement is sometimes referred to as Tanglefoot.

Counterpoint : A simple explanation of this as related to dance would be for two dances, executing different steps at the same time that would blend or contrast. A more intricate form would be for two or three dancers executing the same step with each dancer starting one beat after the other.

Counts : Refers to the number of beats to a bar or measure of music.

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Charleston through Clap

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In this set : Charleston through Clap

 

Charleston : A twisting movement turning the ties inward and then outward ; dance craze of 1925, considered to be from South Carolina. A social and performance dance, it has been revived numerous times.

Charleston Twist : With weight on the balls of both feet, heels raised, twist both heels inward and outward simultaneously.

Chasse’ : A step ball change traveling in any direction.

Chop : A step backward with the leg straight ; takes weight.

Choreography : The Art of dancing or arranging dances; first used with reference to ballet.

Chorus : A standard chorus of music contains 32 measures which is divided into four 8 measure phrases.

Chorus Line : A line of girls performing a kick routine. This type of dancing was originally called a tiller.

Chug : The chug is sometimes referred to as a buck : A forward movement accenting the heel drop. With the weight on one foot, force the heel of the foot to the floor with exaggeration, thus moving the foot forward approximately 3 inches.

Cigarette Twist : See French Twist.

Clap: Same as Hand Clap : A striking of the palms of the hands together.

 

 

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Brush Step through Chaine

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In this set : Brush Step through Chaine

 

Brush Step : Forward brush step being the same as a flap. Whether forward or back, the movement can be executed in any desired rhythm pattern.

Brush Flat : Executed in exactly the same fashion as the basic brush. The difference is that the entire flat of the foot striked the floor during the pendulum movement.

Back : Same as a Chug. A forward movement accenting the heel drop. With the weight on one foot, the the free foot is raised ; force the heel of the front foot to the floor with exaggeration ; thus moving the foot forward approximately 3 inches.

Buck and Wing : Clog dance marked by winglike steps. The forerunner of the present style of rhythm tap.

Bumps : Movement that employs the hips, usually done in burlesque.

Cabriole : A beating of the calves of the legs together while in the air. Step forward on one foot, extending the free leg in the air to the front or rear, with the knee straight  jump into the air beating the calves of the legs together (crossed below the knees) and land on the foot from which the movement originally started.

Cake Walk : This was originally a form of entertainment in which a prize of cake was given for the most accomplished steps and figures in walking; later a stage dance developed from these movements.

Catch : A movement wherein the toe or heel of one foot strikes the toe or heel of the opposite foot.

Catch Step : A ball change with one foot forward of the other and starting with the back foot.

Chaine : A series of small steps linked together as executed in turns.