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- Study ballet terminology, choreographers and dances.
- Explore contemporary U.S. dance.
- Discuss the techniques of early filmmakers.
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1. Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts
The fact that most ballet terms are in French can make them seem intimidating, but they're more accessible than you might think. Learn some of the key terms used in ballet dance.
2. Popular Ballet Dances and Choreographers
Learn about some of the popular and enduring ballet dances, choreographers, and composers throughout history, and find out why audiences go to watch them again and again.
3. Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States
Contemporary dance in America is like nothing that came before it. Learn about the dancers and choreographers who shaped this art form in the 20th century and made it uniquely American.
4. Al Jolson: Biography, Songs & Films
He held the title of 'The World's Greatest Entertainer~' for decades, but how much do you know about the man, the artist, and the legend Al Jolson? This lesson will tell you more about this remarkable performer and his impact on American entertainment.
5. Alfred Hitchcock: Biography & Films
Famous for his ability to create suspense and fear of the absolute mundane for his viewers, Alfred Hitchcock was one of the great early film directors. His techniques have been copied by many and are no small part of why today's scariest films can keep people awake at night.
6. Orchestra: Definition, Sections & Layout
In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the modern orchestra. You'll also learn about what instruments you're likely to find in an orchestra and how they are typically arranged.
7. Proscenium & Thrust Stages: Definition, Designs & Advantages
The proscenium stage and thrust stages both serve important functions in theatrical productions. The proscenium stage is defined by its sharp separation of the action of the play from the audience, while the thrust stage is defined by its pushing the action into the audience.
8. Vaudeville: Definition, History, Acts & Music
In this lesson, we'll explore the world of vaudeville as a form of entertainment, including how it developed and why it came to an end. We'll also become familiar with some key performers and the acts that made them famous.
9. What is a Melodrama? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples
Melodrama is a type of highly emotional narrative that was popular throughout the 19th and 20th century. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define melodrama, gain insight into some of its characteristics, and explore some examples in theater and film.
10. What Is Burlesque? - Definition, Songs & Dancers
This lesson discusses American burlesque, its rise, its fall, and its stars of stage and screen. Here we remember the brash and bawdy women that created the mystique behind burlesque.
11. The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams: Summary & Characters
The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams, won a Tony award for Best Play in 1951. We learn about lives of the people in a Sicilian neighborhood in Louisiana.
12. Three Sisters by Chekhov: Summary & Analysis
As the title promises, the play is about three sisters: Olga, Masha, and Irina. The sisters waste their lives away in a Russian provincial town and dream about returning to Moscow, the big city where they grew up.
13. What is Pantomime? - Definition & Examples
It might sound like a cruel prank to play on a street performer, but 'pantomime' has actually been a steady source of work for many artists. Read on to learn more about this popular amusement that has been entertaining audiences for millennia.
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