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GROUP 5

ALIMA, JUSTIN
CABATO, MARK RAY
CALISIN, BINZAR
COFINO, MOISHA
ORIOLA, HAZEL RUIZ
TURA, ANGELO
•Objectives:
At the end of the class, the students should be
able to:

- define what is modern dance


- know the brief history of modern dance
- discover the unique thing about modern dance
- remember the characteristics of modern dance
Modern Dance
•-a term to describe contemporary dance, is
a style of dancing where dancers are free to
express their feelings through movements
without adhering to any rules in dance
particularly the ballet .
•Contemporary dance is a
style of expressive dance
that combines elements of
several dance genres.
including modern, jazz,
• lyrical and
classical ballet.
•All focused less on formal techniques, and
more on emotional and physical expression.
Where did modern dance come from?
Modern Dance developed in America and
Germany.
It was then known in Germany as
AUSDRUCKSTANZ, meaning expressive
dance.
At the beginning of the 20th century.
Around 1980s, the world
"contemporary dance" referred
to the movement of new
dancers who did not want to BALLET

follow strict
classical ballet and lyrical
dance forms, but instead
wanted to explore the area of
revolutionary unconventional LYRICAL

movements that were gathered


from all dance styles of the
world.
Pioneers of contemporary dance include
Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Merce
Cunningham, because they broke the rules of the
strict forms of ballet.
Cunningham; because of
his complete break with
formal dance techniques, is
often referred to as the father
of contemporary/modern
dance.
Characteristics of Modern Dance

TECHNIQUE
 IMPROVISATION
CHOREOGRAPHY
TECHNIQUE
Although some would see modern dance
as just purely an “interpretative dance”, there
is a technical approach to training a modern
dancer. This teaches the dancer control the
body and making it the instrument. It also
provides the skills of dance movement to
make the body move efficiently and with
precision.
There are several techniques from
various modern dance choreographer but the
main goal of each technique is “to develop
an instrument, which is the body, that is
capable of expressing any and all aspects of
human behavior”

-Hortwitz in Reynolds 1979-


IMPROVISATION
•This refers to the spontaneous movement
performed by dancers in response to
suggestions by the choreographer. Various
images, ideas, feelings, or other
stimulating events may be motivations for
improvisations. Modern dance allows
considerable freedom to the dancer.
CHOREOGRAPHY
Modern dance allows choreographic
freedom. The form in this dance mostly
represents the personal and emotional
experiences of its creators. The intent and style
of the dance choreography are not limited to
certain areas or subject matters, giving the
choreographers freedom to choose their own.
-Minton 1984-
AGAIN...
MODERN dances therefore do not use fixed moves
and instead try to develop totally new forms and
dynamics, such as quick oppositional moves,
shifting alignments, expressions of raw emotions,
systematic breathing, dancing moves preformed in
non-standing positions (for example lying on the
floor), and in general trying to find the absolute
limits of our human form and physique.
Questions