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Dancing WORKSHEET A

Tony
I’ve worked as a choreographer in a dance company for more than fifteen years, so
dance is a big part of my life. You could also say it’s my hobby, because in my spare
time I enjoy watching classical dance performances such as ballet, and also finding
out about the countless different folk dances that exist around the world.
It seems every culture has traditional dances, and that dancing has played a role in
rituals and celebrations throughout human history. I’d say that moving your body to
music is virtually an instinct, and that dancing can serve an important social purpose
by bringing people together. Also, in lots of traditional tribal societies, dancing has
always had a major spiritual element and plays a big part in religious ceremonies.

Kim
Dancing has given me a lot of pleasure over the years. When I was about fourteen my
friends and I started going to discos on Friday nights at the local youth club. Then a
few years later when I was a student in London, I started going clubbing quite a lot in
proper nightclubs. My mates and I used to have a brilliant time, dancing to house
music until the early hours of the morning. It’s difficult to describe what I enjoyed so
much about those nights. Maybe it was a sense of release, of getting rid of any stress
I’d been feeling – plus it’s very much a collective activity, in which you’re sharing an
experience with people even if you’re not actually talking to them very much.
I’ve now got a young child, so it looks like my clubbing days are over. However,
when I’m doing the washing up and a good track comes on the radio, I do still have a
little dance around the kitchen!

Michelle
I love dancing, but I don’t like the deafening and monotonous electronic music that
you seem to get in most nightclubs. I prefer Latin music, which is why I’ve been
doing salsa lessons for three years. I love the rhythm of salsa, plus it’s a dance you do
with a partner, which is better than dancing on your own. Some of the steps are a bit
difficult but eventually you get the hang of it.
I’m also thinking of starting tango lessons. Tango is from Argentina, where I went on
holiday last year. I saw some tango performances there, and thought it seemed so
graceful and passionate – I’d love to try it.

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Dancing WORKSHEET B

Exercise 1
Here are some simple definitions for words that appear in the text on Worksheet A.
Find the words they refer to and fill in the gaps.

1. _______________ (noun) someone whose job is to plan the movements that


dancers perform on stage
2. _______________ (noun, informal) friend
3. _______________ (noun) particular movement or set of movements performed
with your feet when you are dancing
4. _______________ (adjective) very many
5. _______________ (adjective) involving all the members of a group
6. _______________ (adjective) always the same, and therefore boring
7. _______________ (noun) a formal ceremony
8. _______________ (adverb) almost

Exercise 2
Now complete the crossword below. If all the words are correct, a famous traditional
dance from southern Spain will read from top to bottom.

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1. Michelle finds the music in most nightclubs ___________.


2. Kim used to love going ___________ in London.
3. Tony says that dancing plays a ___________ role in lots of tribal societies.
4. Tony likes to watch ballet ___________.
5. Kim says she got a feeling of ___________ when she was dancing in nightclubs.
6. Michelle likes tango because it seems like a ___________ dance.
7. Kim mentions the experience of dancing at ___________ for teenagers as well as in
proper nightclubs.
8. Tony has a great interest in ___________ dances.

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Dancing WORKSHEET C

Exercise 3
Below are Tony and Michelle’s sections from the text on Worksheet A, but they have
been copied incorrectly and both contain ten mistakes. Find the mistakes and correct
them.

Tony
I’ve worked as choreographer in a dance company for more than fifteen years, so
dance is a big part of my life. You could also say it’s my hobby, because in my spare I
enjoy watch classical dance performances, such like ballet, and also finding out about
the countles different folk dances that exist around the world.
It seems every culture has tradition dances, and that dancing has played a roll in
rituals and celebrations throughout human history. I’d say that moving your body on
music is virtual an instinct, and that dancing can serve an important social purpose by
bringing people together. Also, in lots of traditional tribe societies, dancing has
always had a major spiritual element and plays a big part in religious ceremonies.

Michelle
I love dancing, but I don’t like the deaf and monotonous electric music that you seem
to get in most nightclubs. I prefer Latin music, which is why I’ve been doing salsa
lessons since three years. I love the rhythm of salsa, plus it’s a dance you make with a
partner, which is better than dancing your own. Some of the steps are a bit difficult,
but eventually you get hang of it.
I’m also thinking to start tango lessons. Tango is from Argentina, where I’ve been on
holiday last year. I saw some tango performances there, and thought it seemed so
gracefull and passion – I’d love to try it.

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Dancing WORKSHEET D

Tony
I’ve worked as a choreographer in a dance company for more than fifteen years, so
dance is a big part of my life. You could also say it’s my hobby, because in my spare
time I enjoy watching classical dance performances, such as ballet, and also finding
out about the countless different folk dances that exist around the world.
It seems every culture has traditional dances, and that dancing has played a role in
rituals and celebrations throughout human history. I’d say that moving your body to
music is virtually an instinct, and that dancing can serve an important social purpose
by bringing people together. Also, in lots of traditional tribal societies, dancing has
always had a major spiritual element and plays a big part in religious ceremonies.

Michelle
I love dancing, but I don’t like the deafening and monotonous electronic music that
you seem to get in most nightclubs. I prefer Latin music, which is why I’ve been
doing salsa lessons for three years. I love the rhythm of salsa, plus it’s a dance you do
with a partner, which is better than dancing on your own. Some of the steps are a bit
difficult, but eventually you get the hang of it.
I’m also thinking of starting tango lessons. Tango is from Argentina, where I went
on holiday last year. I saw some tango performances there, and thought it seemed so
graceful and passionate – I’d love to try it.

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It is photocopiable, but all copies must be complete pages. Copyright © Macmillan Publishers Limited 2008.