Modern Dance

By: Elizabeth S. & Callista S.

Vocabulary words

Assemble

Contraction

Flat Back

Laterals

Saut de Chat

Saute Arabesque

Spinal Roll Down

Suspension Roll

Tabletop

Triplet

Assemble

Jump done when legs are brought together in the air.
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Contraction

Rounding of back created by use of abdominal muscles.
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Flat Back

Bent over at waist with spine lined up vertebrae by vertebrae to create a 90- degree angle.
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Laterals

Stretching to side with arms extended in parallel position overhead.
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Saut de Chat

Leap done by developing the first leg through passé, then jumping to it.
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Saute Arabesque

Jump done in an arabesque position.
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Modern Dance Jumps : Modern Dance Saute Arabesque

Spinal Roll Down

Lowering body forward one vertebrae at a time.

Suspension Roll

Exercise done by starting up on the knees, pressing weight through the hips to one side until you finally sit on hip and roll to other side.

Tabletop

Position of the body on one leg with other leg extended behind at a 90-degree angle with back and head in line with the leg.

Triplet

Made up of three steps on alternating feet. The knee is bent slightly on the first step, and then the next steps are with straight legs on the balls of the feet. Down,up,up.

History of Modern Dance

Modern Dance was born in America during the turn of the 20th century when a number of choreographers and dancers rebelled against the two forms of dance that were prevalent at the time, ballet and vaudeville. They rejected what they interpreted as the rigid and imperialistic nature of ballet, and they wanted to be taken seriously as artists rather than be seen simply as entertainers.

Choreographers

Loie Fuller (1862-1928)

Isadora Duncan (1878-1927)

Ruth St. Denis (1880-1968)

Mary Wigman (1886-1973)

Ted Shawn (1891-1972)

Hanya Holm (1893-1992)

Martha Graham (1894-1991)

Charles Weidman (1901-1975)

Helen Tamiris (1905-66)

Summary

Modern Dance is an evolution from Classical Ballet. It breaks the rules of Classical Ballet and creates new ones of its own. It therefore has fewer restrictions, and can be seen as a fusion of many dances. A few modern dance moves are Assemble,
Contraction,
Flat Back, Laterals, Saut de Chat, Saute Arabesque, Spinal Roll Down, Suspension Roll, Tabletop, and Triplet.