Modern Dance Classes

Modern dance emphasizes the exploration of our most basic movement impulses, such as breathing, walking, running, hopping and leaping. Students will develop the means for individual expression and seek inner motivation for movement. Through floorwork exercises and movements across the floor, students will improve flexibility and strength in the hips and core muscles while exploring rhythmic, spatial and performance challenges.

Classes incorporate the techniques of Graham, Hawkin & Horton.

  • Children’s Beginning Modern
    Ages 6-10; no prerequisite is required. An introduction to the basic elements of modern dance including using the ground, making shapes with the body, elements of exploring space and utilizing our most basic movement impulses, such as breathing, walking, running, hopping, and leaping. No previous dance experience is necessary, however, concurrent registration in Beginning Ballet is recommended as it is required for promotion to Modern I.
  • Modern I
    Ages 10 and up; with concurrent enrollment in Ballet I/II. This includes an introduction to the basic elements of Graham-based modern dance technique, such as the concepts of contraction / release and spirals. This class emphasizes correct alignment and placement and efficient use of the breath while exploring rhythmic and spatial accuracy and performance qualities. Students should have some ballet experience, and concurrent enrollment in Beginning Ballet or Ballet I is required.
  • Modern II
    Ages 11+ with concurrent enrollment in Ballet II/III; by placement of instructor. An exploration of the fundamentals of Graham-based modern dance technique emphasizing on the maintenance of static and dynamic anatomical alignment and correct display of effort. Also emphasized is the incorporation of the basic elements of contraction / release and spirals into more complex movement phrases.
  • Modern III
    Ages 13+ with concurrent enrollment in Ballet IV; by placement of instructor. The further development and application of the basic fundamentals of Graham-based modern dance technique, particularly maintenance of static and dynamic anatomical alignment and correct display of effort will be used. Emphasis on the incorporation of these fundamentals into advanced technical skills, such as turns and falls, and complex movement phrasing.

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