Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance

By: Reva Florko

History of Modern Dance

Started roughly around:end of XIX century – 1950s.


Birthplace: USA and Germany

Modern Dance was a mix of ballet and musical(theatrical) dance

Modern dance was breaking away from the ballet aspect and bringing in different movements to create its own style of dance. One contributor to the way modern dance is today was Martha Graham, she began teaching and opening up her own company to teach kids today what she knew.


Martha Graham

Martha Graham was a very popular modern/contemporary dancer who set the tone of how people dance today.


  • NAME: Martha Graham
  • OCCUPATION: Choreographer
  • BIRTH DATE: May 11, 1894
  • DEATH DATE: April 01, 1991
  • EDUCATION: Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Allegheny (now Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania
  • PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
  • Some of her most famous pieces are “Frontier,” “Appalachian Spring,” “Seraphic Dialogue” and “Lamentation.”

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