Modern Dancing

Payton Veach AA2-Fall Miller

The Creation of Modern Dancing

Modern dance was created primarily in Germany & the US in the late 19th/ early 20th century. This dance is a very broad genre, and was created to rebel against classical ballet. It's easier to explain what it is not, rather than what it is... It's simply a contrast of ballet. There's not many boundaries to it, leaving a wide variety of dances and movements.

Important Leaders/Choreographers/Performers

Ailey, Alvin, Jr. Was an American modern dancer and choreographer, whose strong, dramatic style and views about multiracial casting influenced his choreography and artistic direction.

Brown, Trisha, Was an American modern dancer and choreographer. After studying dance at Mills College, she moved to New York, where, as a founding member of the innovative and influential Judson Dance Theater, she was at the center of American avant-garde dance. She then formed her own company in 1970.

Cunningham, Merce, Was an American modern dancer and choreographer, Cunningham studied modern dance and ballet at Balanchine's School of American Ballet. A superb dancer, long-bodied, long-necked, and lean with an amazing ability to jump, he was a soloist in Graham's company from 1940 to 1955. He presented his first work in 1942 and formed his own company in 1953, creating innovative dances to the music of avant-garde composers, including his life partner and musical director John Cage.