Modern

The modern program gives students a traditional modern dance foundation that segues into contemporary modern dance forms. The foundation touches on the styles and techniques of Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and Lester Horton as well as more contemporary styles such as Safety Release Technique from BJ Sullivan 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 dance as they weave through the different and diverse styles and techniques.   Ages 8 and up

Class Levels

Modern 1: Ages 7-9

Ages 7-9—no previous experience or ballet required. For the creative spirit!  Improvisation and movement discovery as well as exploring basic concepts of modern dance technique.

Modern 2: Ages 10-11

Ages 10-11 or Ballet Level 3a and 3b.  No previous experience required or ballet requirement. Starting with the beginning concepts of modern dance and improvisation.

Modern 3: Ages 12 & up

Ages 12 and up. Must be in required leveled ballet classes or must be taking Teen Jazz and Teen Ballet/Contemporary and have the permission of the teacher to attend. Ballet levels 4a and 4b.

Dress Code

Girls & Boys

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