Modern Dance

Creativity, Expression and Technique

Modern

Creative dancers who want to explore a less formal, more improvisational style will love Modern Dance. Working independently and as a group, students create new artistic works and master the concepts of fall and recovery, lateral, spiral, contraction and shift of weight.

Based in the teachings of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, Modern Dance is a living, growing and ever-changing art form that continues to evolve and reflect the time in which we live.

Contemporary Dance Level One (Ages 6-9)

This class introduces our youngest students to improvisation and free expressive movement. In Level One, dancers will get comfortable interacting with each other, working in partners and groups and doing improv in a guided environment. They will also learn how to listen to the music while dancing and pay attention to their dance space.

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Contemporary Dance Level Two (Ages 6-9)

In Level Two, dancers build on their Level One skills. They'll improvise in longer arcs, understand the music more cohesively, and create more involved stories together.

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Contemporary Level 2 Class performing at the Christmas Spectacular

Modern Dance Level One (Ages 10+)

Modern Level 1 Class performing at the Christmas Spectacular

Whether you're brand new to dance or a graduate of the Contemporary classes, Modern Level One will teach you the foundation movements: fall, recovery, contractor, release, shift of weight, and flat back. You'll experiment with improvisation and the skills of creating a dance while working in small groups on collaborations.

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Modern Dance Level Two

Level Two students become more focused on technique - in the styles of Martha Graham and Lester Horton. They begin incorporating more partner work. Technique and Improvisation are still separate during class.

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Modern Level 2 performing at the Christmas Spectacular

Modern Dance Level Three

Modern Level 3 performing at the Christmas Spectacular

The advanced dancers are starting to excel in improvisation and foundational movements, while strengthening their technique vocabulary and creativity all at once.

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