First let me say, HAPPY 4th OF JULY to all my American readers. I hope this holiday finds you enjoying all the many freedoms and joys our country affords us. Let’s celebrate the truly positive today! Now, on to today’s post:
In a previous post (A Thousand Words – Body Lines in ATS) we had a quiz to match up photos with movements in the ATS vocabulary. It was a very popular post, so it looks like we have some dance trivia geeks out there who enjoy a little game from time to time. So here is a Level 1 ATS Quiz for anyone who wants to play along.
This is not meant to be a quiz to determine eligibility of a student to move on to upper levels, or be a comprehensive view of what one should learn from taking Level 1. Instead, it is a cross-section of the kind of information I personally feel is valuable for students to know after a few sessions of Level 1 when studying with me (I will note that some specific terminology may not be what your teacher uses in your class). And if you find you don’t know the answers, I hope you are curious to learn them, and more!
If you are a teacher and want to share this quiz with your students, please ask permission first, and make sure to link back to *Deep Roots Dance – www.deeprootsdance.com* on any printed materials.
American Tribal Style Bellydance Quiz – Level 1
by Shay Moore of Deep Roots Dance
Name the four basic movement families: (4 points)
When executing hip bump/pivot bump reverse turns, what is the arm position(s)? (1 point)
Either Position 1 or Position 2
None of the above
Describe “performance angle”: (2 points)
Which foundation move(s) has the feet in relevé? (1 point)
Describe the arm position during body wave: (1 point)
Name two of the regions from which ATS draws its influences: (2 points)
(Bonus points for naming more, but lose a point for any incorrect answer)
Draw a line between the movement and a major muscle group used in its execution: (3 points)
the rhomboids taqsim
the obliques shoulder shimmy
upper abdominals torso rotation
“In ATS, moves generally begin with a step or a gesture…” (1 point)
…of the foot.
…on the left side of the body.
…on the right side of the body.
…in the upper torso.
In a trio formation, the leader should stand: (1 point)
on the center of the stage
to stage left of center
directly behind center
none of the above
In hip movements, when we talk about “putting on the brakes”, what muscle group are we engaging? (1 point)
In ATS, when we refer simply to a “shimmy”, what kind of shimmy are we referring to? (1 point)
Circle two Middle Eastern instruments which are heavily used in tribal bellydance folk music. (2 points)
the iconic Ren Faire troupe that is credited with being the roots of tribal bellydance -or-
the teacher/director of said troupe. (1 point)
(Bonus point for naming both.)
Perfect Score = 21 points
Share your answers in the comments below. I will post the answers in a future blog post and announce the top scorers!