Classes

Modern

Just Dance Academy believes in refined and graceful dance, but then again, our primary focus is dance, therefore we aren’t afraid to shred off the TuTu’s and break into freestyle of a popular dance method know as Modern Dance.  Modern Dance is not only fun with its virtually limitless possibilities, but when combined with the technique of expressing ourselves with phenomenal choreography of Heather Walts and Jane Connors.

Choreography is one of the most unique aspects of Modern Dance, as it is not only the arrangement of dancers together on stage, but includes the withdraw of one dancer from another to a wide latitude of interpretation. For dancers, advancement takes the form of a growing reputation, more frequent work, bigger and better roles, and higher pay. Some dancers may take on added responsibilities, such as by becoming a dance captain in musical theater or leading rehearsals.

History of Modern Dance

In the early 1900s the American dancers Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis and the German dancer Mary Wigman started to rebel against the rigid constraints of Classical Ballet. Shedding the authoritarian controls surrounding classical ballet technique, costume, and shoes, these early modern dance pioneers focused on creative self-expression rather than on technical virtuosity. Modern dance is a more relaxed, free style of dance in which choreographers use emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to ballet’s structured code of steps. It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas ballet strives to be light and airy.

Today’s Modern Dance Breaks Barriers

Modern dance today is much more sophisticated in technique and technology than when modern dance was founded. The founders composed their dances entirely of spirit, soul, heart and mind as opposed to today’s modern which has more technical aspects. The concern with social problems and the condition of human spirit is still expressed, but the issues that are presented would have appalled many early modern dancers. The essence of modern dance is to look forward, not back. Ballet and modern sometimes fuse together and enrich both forms, but neither is likely to lose its identity in the process. It is impossible to predict what directions modern dance will take in the future. Each style could go in so many different directions and are usually very radical. If this trend keeps up, future audiences can look forward to an interesting forum of dance.