Modern dance originated in the early twentieth century as a way to break from the rigidness of traditional ballet. Today, modern dancers still rely on a heavy ballet base for technique, but allow for more freedom in their movements. Modern is characterized by the expression of complex emotions and abstract ideas, and incorporates concepts such as contractions, shift of weight, shapes, improvisation, use of space and interpretation of music.
Performance Technique Division
Modern I serves to teach dancers in Ballet I level or above the basic fundamentals of modern. They will be introduced to a variety of technical styles and explore improvisation concepts. Modern II will continue this exploration at a faster pace, incorporating more difficult skills and concepts.