The modern program gives students a traditional modern dance foundation that segues into contemporary modern dance forms. The foundation incorporates the techniques of Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and Lester Horton as well as more contemporary styles such as Safety Release Technique and improvisation.  Students will focus on contraction and release, fall and recovery, a sense of weight and gravity on the body, opposition, efficiency of movement, expansion and fulfillment of movement, moving from the core as well as distal initiation.  Students will also learn a basic knowledge of the history of modern. Ages 10 and up.

Class Levels

Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary: Ages 10+

Ages 10+. No previous experience required or ballet requirement. Starting with the beginning concepts of modern dance and improvisation.

Advanced Contemporary: Ages 13+

You must be a part of the Professional Division (Ballet 4b/5/6) to take Advanced Contemporary.

Performance Group: Optional For Level 4/5/6

Performance Group will be offered this year!  The dancers in this class must commit to a full year (three trimesters) and be taking ballet as well as either modern/contemporary or jazz or both! 

The purpose of this class is to learn repertory and be part of the performance group company.  The company, Artists in Motion, will perform in at least one additional performance outside of FineLine (dependent on post covid opening of theaters).  In the past, the company has performed in NYC at Peridance in the Kat Wildish Performance, Dancers Responding to AIDS benefit at SUNY Purchase College in Purchase NY and the Stamford Palace in Stamford CT, as well as locally and in FineLine’s DanceFest.  Some of these performances require fundraising for participation. 

Please see the link for the Performance Group on the website for additional information.  This class is open to all students in ballet levels 4a, 4b, 5 & 6 that meet the requirements.

Dress Code

Girls & Boys

Students may wear leotards, close-fitting shirts, jazz pants, tank tops, leggings, and will be bare-foot. No shorts.