Modern and showtunes

Emily Schmidt 1/9/14

Modern dance began at the turn of the century; its pioneers were Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, and Ruth St. Denis in the United States, Rudolf von Laban and Mary Wigman in Germany. Each rebelled against the rigid formalism, artifice, and superficiality of classical academic ballet and against the banality of show dancing. Modern dance evolved in the United States.


Some famous modern dancers are: Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Dennis, Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Mary Wigman, and Hayna Holm.



Modern dance is a unique way to express feelings or emotions in dances. They're normally designed so that there can be movements that gives the viewer a feeling of happiness, sadness, anger, or even glee.


American Vaudeville, or show-tunes, grew out of the culture of incorporation that defined American life after the Civil War. The development of vaudeville marked the beginning of popular entertainment as big business, dependent on the organizational efforts of a growing number of white-collar workers and the increased leisure time, spending power, and changing tastes of an urban middle class audience.




Benjamin Franklin Keith earns the distinction of "the father" of American Vaudeville.


Vaudeville evolved in America, from saloons to theaters.


Some famous performers were: Ethel merman and Michael Feinstein.


Vaudeville is a type of performance where the dancers perform a story or skit with song and dance.