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History of Contemporary Dance

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aedan potter

on 24 January 2014

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History of Contemporary Dance
Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and western Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance.
Contemporary dance origins extend the world, with early development in both Europe and North America, in the first 60 years of the 20th century. The dance styles were crafted by various masters of the craft.
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Around 1980s, the world "contemporary dance" referred to the movement of new dancers who did not want to follow strict classical ballet and lyrical dance forms, but instead wanted to explore the area of revolutionary unconventional movements that were gathered from all dance styles of the world ,

My training in dance has been in the genre of hip-hop and it is my favorite till this day, but my whole life ,since the I could remember I have danced where ever I go ; interpretively even if the music was just floating around in my head. To me, compared to other genres of dance Contemporary dance is a form of musical expression a way for my body to let go and express my innermost feelings. There is so much emotion in this genre of dance; it ends up telling a story all on its own, connecting to it with no words just soul.

Contemporary stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floor work, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. The way Contemporary dance can be performed too many different styles of music is so amazing to watch and see the imagination put into the performance. Everyone’s story is different. What I find appealing about the Genre Contemporary is that I find myself flowing through the music and not thinking about my next move, I also think that is elegant but incredibly natural all in one. But the only thing that I find not appealing about contemporary is sometimes some positions are harder and more uncomfortable to be in which sometimes throws me off.

My favorite thing about this genre of dance is the storytelling ability that’s expressed through someone’s movement , but movement quality between two or just solo, there is nothing better to watch for example in the performance; the partnership relies all on each other, acting as one feeling their way through the choreography.
the 5 W's
Dancer who introduced and greatly popularized the contemporary dance to the worldwide audience was Martha Graham (1894 - 1991). During her seven decade long career, her modern dance and choreographies gathered the fame that is today compared to the life works of legendary art geniuses such as Picasso, Stravinski and Frank Lloyd Wright. The origins of this popular dance movement can be traced to several influential dance masters such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. They all wanted to show the world that contemporary dancers should embrace their freedom.
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The People that created the genre Contemporary , wanted to (again) show to the world that contemporary dancers should embrace freedom, ignore old dance conventions and explore the limits of the human body and visual expression of feelings. Dance moves preformed in non-standing positions( for example lying on the floor), and in general trying to find the absolute limits of our human of our human form and physique. Also, one of the precursors to the contemporary dance can be found in the millennia's old techniques of Zen
Buddhism and Indian Health Yoga, which incorporates various dancing philosophies that closely follow the principles of Contemporary dance.
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