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Modern/Contemporary

Contemporary dance is the exploration of the total movement potential of the body. It differs from commercial or competitive dance in that it is not bound by set standards or defined styles. Instead, it seeks to express a personalized vision, often through experimentation and collaboration for the development of new, more individualized approaches to the moving body and choreographic possibilities. It does not refuse classical ballet’s leg technique in favor of modern dance’s stress on the torso, while it also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of Modern dance.  Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well as elements of non-western Dance cultures.