At the turn of the 20th century, a dance movement emerged as a rebellion to classical ballet. It rejected ballet’s formal technique based on codified positions, defiance of gravity, and turn out. Instead this new American dance, termed “Modern”, stressed natural motions and the use of gravitational pulls on the body. Taking techniques used by Graham, Horton and Laban students will achieve proper alignment, placement, flexibility, coordination, and balance as it applies to modern dance technique. Ballet and Jazz classes are required to enter this form of dance. Suggested classes that will help further this study: Leaps & Turns and Acrobatics.
Born in the early 20th century, modern dance is a dance style that centers on a dancer's own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. Modern dancers reject the limitations of classical ballet and favor movements derived from the expression of their inner feelings.
During the 1900's, European dancers began rebelling against the rigid rules of classical ballet. Turning against the structured techniques, costumes and shoes of ballet, these dancers favaored a more relaxed, free style of dancing. Modern dance pioneers often danced in bare feet and revealing costumes. In the United States, several dance pioneers paved the way for American modern dance, including the legendary Martha Graham.