The NYSTCE Dance test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach dance in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Dance Elements and Skills (24% of the exam); Creating and Performing Dance (28%); Anatomy, Health, and Dance in Everyday Life (24%); Dance and Culture (14%); and Responding to and Analyzing Dance (10%). The test consists of approximately 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Dance Practice Questions

1. Which of the following dance styles was developed by Mexicans in Texas?
A: Samba
B: Conjunto
C: Tejano
D: Lambada

2. What is the ballet term for a large leap from one foot to the other?
A: Grande allegro
B: Revoltade
C: Grande jete
D: Releve

3. What is the primary purpose of the hand gestures in hula dance?
A: To represent birds
B: To distract the audience
C: To tell a story
D: To make beautiful patterns

4. Which of the following dances originated in Cuba?
A: Mambo
B: Tarantella
C: Capoeira
D: Flamenco

5. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of European folk dance?
A: It must be taught by certified teachers.
B: Dances are performed by people at all levels of society.
C: Choreography is inherited rather than spontaneous.
D: There is no central authority for dance.

Answer Key

1. B. Conjunto is typically performed to Norteno music.
2. C. The grande jete is one of the most dramatic moves in ballet in which a dancer hangs in the air as long as possible.
3. C. The hand gestures of the hula dance comment or elaborate on the message of the song. This message is known as a mele.
4. A. The mambo style of music and dance first appeared in Havana in the 1930s.
5. A. European folk dances are cultural artifacts over which no one individual or group has ownership.