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What is Modern Dance?

Modern dance reflects a style that is devoid of the restrictions of classic ballet, removed
of structured routines, and focused on free-interpretations derived from inner emotions.
Dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century, modern dance has been the product of
performers’ rebellion against classic performances, costume, and footwear use. Turning
against the previously established practices, dancers started a trend of relaxed, barefoot,
and non-traditional costume wearing acts with modern dance. Actually, apart from the
movements, the costumes are very interesting in modern dance. You will see costumes
that are very out-of-the-box productions with colors that blend in with the act very well.
These costumes are not like traditional classic dance costumes.
What is Contemporary Dance?
Contemporary dance is a specific concert dance genre that is all about unchoreographed
movements as influenced by compositional philosophy. Contemporary dance dates back
to the 20th century. This dance variety draws inspiration from a range of methods and
skills drafted from modern dance and ballet, though it is strictly made to be non-classical
in nature. Emphasizing the need of impeccable form, the contemporary dance frequently
utilizes groundwork to produce a piece that is neither of cultural or conventional jazz
orientation. Merce Cunnigham is considered the first choreographer to use contemporary
dance. Other pioneers of contemporary dance are Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Mary
Wigman, Francois Delsarte, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Paul Taylor, Rudolph von Laban,
Loie Fuller, Jose Limon and Marie Rambert.

What is the difference between Modern and Contemporary Dance?
• Modern dance reflects a style that is devoid of the restrictions of classic ballet, removed
of structured routines, and focused on free-interpretations derived from inner emotions.
• Contemporary dance is a specific concert dance genre that is all about unchoreographed
movements as influenced by compositional philosophy.

. in itself. has rightfully served its purpose to express and to define perspectives on various societal issues that are often obscured. Contemporary dance. transcend boundaries by developing relatively new styles of movement. however. • Modern dance. dance forms have endured extensive growth. • The development of both modern and contemporary dance revolved around the desire of attaining an improved ranged movement as expressions of style. Throughout these years. on the other hand. while contemporary dance retains elements of lightness and fluidity. emphasis on motion that have not been practiced universally. • Modern dance routines are all for the deliberate use of gravity. gives more accent to moods and emotions to come up with routines that are distinctly of its own.• Modern dance is older than contemporary dance. which are detached from the one that is viewed as traditional. Dance. What matters when looking at the difference between modern and contemporary dance is remembering that both are forms of non-classical dances.