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Contemporary Dance

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Transcript of Contemporary Dance

Has contemporary dance
changed at all? Are there any sub-genres that have branched off of it?
Contemporary dance was a genre of dance that was created out of ballet and modern dancing styles. Dancers in the 19th century wanted to show more self-expression in their dancing as opposed to the strict rigid ballet. This style has changed a bit in terms of technique since it was a sub-genre, and changes in both modern and ballet affect contemporary, also the costumes have changed throughout time.. Contemporary dance has pretty much evolved along with the music, and since there is no set genre of music danced to. Since the songs are constantly changing the choreography has changed, depending on what music was being composed in the time period. Contemporary Contemporary itself is a sub-genre (from ballet and modern dance), and there are not genres that have branched of of it, other than different forms, or cross genre dance styles, like contemporary hip hop (hip hop and contemporary).
Example of contemporary dance
The purpose of contemporary dance
The purpose of contemporary dance is to let the dancer express his or her inner emotions to the audience. The dancer tells a story to the audience, that is generally sad or depressing in hopes of making them an emotion. The dancer with utilize the song to move the audience. Contemporary is studied in universities and is taught in most dance studios by professionals. Also, this form of dance is used for the dancer to let out emotions and express what he or she is feeling
When and where contemporary
dance originated
Isadora Duncan in San Francisco, USA, invented contemporary dance in 1877. It started gaining popularity during the 20th century worldwide, but was especially popular in North America and Western Europe.
Contemporary Dance
There are similar characteristics in this dance and the characteristics of contemporary dance. For example, you can clearly see the influence that ballet had on this style of dance, like the pirouettes, arabesques, jumps and leg lifts in the routine. Also, you can clearly see that modern dance affected this routine. Like modern dance, the dancer has a strong torso that is used in most dance moves to convey the emotion. In this case the emotion is sadness, which is the most common emotion portraied. The characteristics in this dance that show it is a contemporary dance is the floor work and the tricks. The dancer alows herself to be pulled down by gravity and does many trick on the floor. Also, you can also clearly see the emotions on the dancers face as she is dancing which helps her to tell a story. You are able to see her emotions, and this dance clearly exemplifies the deep emotions in contemporary dance, and how it is a release for the dancers emotions.
By Gwyneth West and Gabrielle Fava
Characteristics of contemporary dance
Contemporary dance incorporates many different styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern dancing. Contemporary dance was created mainly by a mix of ballet and modern dance. A certain characteristics that contemporary dance has is strong and controlled legwork that is similar to that of ballet. Unlike ballet, it involves improvisation and versatility, instead of the structured ways of ballet.. Also, contemporary dance puts a lot of stress on the torso, which is similar to modern dance. In contemporary there is also contact and release. Contemporary dances involve a lot of floor work. The dancer allows him or herself to be pulled down to the floor by gravity, and spend a lot of the dance on the floor. Dancer generally don't wear shoes when preforming contemporary dances and will dance to a large range of music, but generally slower songs.
Where we can find contemporary dance today
Contemporary dance is very popular across North America so it is preformed often. This form of dance can be found in almost every dance school across North America in both recreational programs and different levels of comp. dance. Students in competitive programs in dance schools are encouraged to take contemporary dance classes since it makes dancer well-rounded. These type of dances can be found in dance recitals, competition and even T.V shows. There are many contemporary dances preformed on the popular T.V show, "So You Think You Can Dance.
References
Modern Dance
Ballet
Contemporary Dance
McIntyre, Trey. "Contemporary Dance History." N.p., n.d. Tues. 6 May 2014 <https://sites.google.com/a/email.arizona.edu/trey-mcintyre-project-at-uapresents/contemporary-dance-history>
Bedinghaus, Trevqa. "What is contemporary dance?" About.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://dance.about.com/od/typesofdance/f/What-Is-Contemporary-Dance.htm>.
"Contemporary dance." Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.orgwiki Contemporary_dance>.
"CONTEMPORARY DANCE HISTORY." CONTEMPORARY-DANCE.ORG. N.p., n.d. Wed. 28 May 2014. <http://www.contemporary-dance.org/contemporary-dance-history.html>.
"Modern Dance and Where it is Today?" Love to Dance, Inc. Dancers Blog. N.p., n.d. Tues 6 May 2014 <http://lovetodanceinc.blogspot.ca/2011/03/modern-dance-and-where-it-is-today.html>
"Contemporary Dance - always changing" Dance Consortium. N.p., n.d. Tues 6 May 2014 <http://www.danceconsortium.com/features/article/contemporary-dance-always-changing/>
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