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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.

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The leaders of modern dance

Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn are considered to be the pioneers of modern dance in America.

When it was created

Modern dance was created in the 20th century
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How did it evolve

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.

Considered the founding mother of American modern dance, Isadora Duncan was largely self‐taught. She presented her first recitals in 1898, and by 1900 she was in Europe, where she would spend most of her remaining life and win the greatest acceptance.

Famous people of modern dance

Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, and Ruth St. Denis

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What is modern dance

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