Quiz: Only A True Ballerina Can Answer These 22 Dance Questions. Can You?

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Four tendus front!

A quiz on the most common terms and ideas in the world of ballet, from tendus to the various starting positions.

 Nov 14, 2017
1 of 22Pick your answer!
What kind of movement is a pirouette?
Stretching one's arms
Lifting one's leg
Rotation or spin
2 of 22Pick your answer!
A long horizontal jump is called a _______.
grand jeté
largesse
pointe
3 of 22Pick your answer!
Why is a tendu usually performed?
To help complete larger jumps
To help maintain general balance
To prepare for more complex steps
4 of 22Pick your answer!
What is another word for "jump"?
Grand
Sauté
Hoppé
5 of 22Pick your answer!
Where in the room do ballerinas usually start class?
In the middle
On the floor
At the barre
6 of 22Pick your answer!
How many starting positions are there?
Five
Three
Eleven
7 of 22Pick your answer!
What is first position?
Feet are together, side by side
Lead foot in front of other foot
Heels together, feet facing outwards
8 of 22Pick your answer!
What comes after the starting positions?
Parallel position
Square position
Perpendicular position
9 of 22Pick your answer!
What are the two types of plies?
Grand and demi
Gross and petite
Haut and Basse
10 of 22Pick your answer!
Lifting one's leg to the side is a(n) ________.
extension
fifth position
tendu
11 of 22Pick your answer!
What does it mean to go "en pointe"?
Lifting one's arms up to a point
Pointing one's leg out to the side
Balancing on one's toes
12 of 22Pick your answer!
What is another word for first position?
Turnout
Parallel
Angle
13 of 22Pick your answer!
All jumps begin and end with a _____.
pointe
battement
plié
14 of 22Pick your answer!
What graceful pose usually ends a sequence of steps?
Arabesque
Pirouette
Pas
15 of 22Pick your answer!
Dancers on pointe would wear what kind of shoes?
Heel shoes
Pointe shoes
Ballet flats
16 of 22Pick your answer!
A step backwards, away from the audience, would be what?
A posteriur
An arriere
A retrriere
17 of 22Pick your answer!
A step taken to the side is _______.
avec de
cote de
prochaine
18 of 22Pick your answer!
What is a mime?
When a male dancer lifts a female dancer
Using face and body to express emotion
Where one foot chases the other
19 of 22Pick your answer!
What is the word for a slow ballet?
Adagio
Allegro
Glissando
20 of 22Pick your answer!
Vaganova ballet is associated with what country?
France
Russia
Italy
21 of 22Pick your answer!
A croisé is doing what with the legs?
Bending
Lifting
Crossing
22 of 22Pick your answer!
What is a group of ballet dancers called?
Corps de ballet
Visage de ballerines
Groupe de ballerina
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