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Modern was born as a rebellion against the elegant and classical ballet genre. Modern evolved in the late 1800's and has continually evolved with many pioneers, influences, choreographers and companies. Modern is a contrast against ballet with using parallel positions, harsh angles, and grounded movement. But modern technique does have a ballet foundation as some of the pioneers of modern dance were once professional ballet dancers. At the beginning of modern dance, dancers were ditching their pointe shoes and corsets, and putting on free flowing costumes and dancing in bare feet. At times, modern dance has an abstract and authentic feel to its movement. This genre can be divided up into several different eras, earl modern, central modern, and late modern. Each era having its own influences and methods presented. Modern dance is found in the concert dance scene.
Modern Techniques/Styles/Methods include:
Humphrey-Weidman (Fall and recover technique)
Katherine Dunham Technique
Modern dance has many contributors to this genre. These lists and facts only scratch the surface.
Jacob's Pillow Interactive Archives
Articles to Read
History of Modern Dance
"Modern vs Contemporary"
Notable Choreographers, Performers, Companies
-Ruth St. Denis/ Ted Shawn
-Martha Graham & Company
-Paul Taylor & Company
-Jose Limon & Company
-Alvin Ailey Company
-Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
-Batsheva Dance Company - Israel
Cleo Parker Robinson, Company, Academy, Theatre
Hannah Kahn Dance Company
Davis Contemporary Dance
Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre
Modern Dance Evolution