This class offers an opportunity to explore both Modern and Lyrical techniques. The Modern portion of class mainly focuses on Horton’s technique (the major influence to Alvin Ailey) but also incorporates Limon, Graham, and Dunham techniques. Modern is a dramatic and more poetic way of moving which evolved as dancers found the need to break away from the rigidity of Classical Ballet and express themselves using a freer style. Modern Dance is characterized by its bending of the spine into spirals and contractions as well as the use of off-center movement such as tilts, layouts, and fall and recover technique. It lends itself to various types of music including alternative and New Age, and is traditionally danced barefoot. This is offered at 2 different levels to competition groups only.
Students must be taking Ballet to participate in this class.