By: Rae Hamilton

Origin of Modern

Modern dance began at the turn of the century (primarily in the United States and Germany) ; 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. Each sought to inspire audiences to a new awareness of inner or outer realities, a goal shared by all subsequent modern dancers.

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A form of dance which interprets emotions, characters, feelings, or stories though dramatic impact and quality of movement.