Modern And Showtunes Dance
By: Makena Kushnir
Showtune dancing is a popular Broadway musical revue celebrating the songs of of Broadway composer Jerry Herman. Showtunes title was inspired by Herman's autobiography of the same name. Herman wrote many broadway musicals including Hello Dolly, Dear World, and Milk and Honey.Even before the turn of the century, Black Crook - regarded as the very first Broadway musical, which included interesting ballet dancing with dramatic acting. George Balanchine was one of the first choreographers of Broadway dance history, having created the 1936 edition of Ziegfeld Follies.
Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn are very well known to be the pioneers of modern dance in America. Modern Dance became official in America during the turn of the 20th century when a number of choreographers and dancers became rebellious against the two types dances that were currently acceptable at the time, ballet and vaudeville. Now, modern dance no longer relies on techniques but more on the theatrical element of dancing and lyrical emotions. Modern Dance also values a weighted use of the body in relation to the earth.