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Modern Dance

Modern Dance

Modern Dance

Modern dance is a concert dance form that developed from ballet in the early 20th century. Our classes are accompanied by live music and draw from a variety of modern dance styles and techniques. Several classes are led by MMDG dancers who infuse Mark Morris’ choreography into their combinations. Classes begin with a floor and standing warm-up followed by center and traveling exercises that focus on proper technique, spinal articulation (including contractions and spirals), musicality, and movement quality.

 

Suggested Attire:

• Comfortable clothing in which you can easily move. Leotard optional.
• Bare feet

Intro to Modern I

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This series of classes is designed for absolute beginners, teaching students the rudimentary movements that are the foundation for classical modern dance to live musical accompaniment. Students will focus on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time and force. They will also build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment.

NO CLASSES JUNE 19

Intro to Modern I

June 12 - July 24, 2024 | Wednesdays 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

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Intro to Modern I

July 20 - August 24, 2024 | Saturdays 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Beginner Modern Dance

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This class is a great opportunity for students to build on and improve their modern dance skills. Dancers will focus on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time, and force. They will also build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment. This class features live musical accompaniment and is for students who have taken the Intro to Modern Series or have some experience with modern dance.

Intermediate Modern Dance

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A great opportunity to continue to hone and refine the skills developed in Beginning Modern dance. Mark Morris Dance Group company member Lesley Garrison teaches students more advanced classical modern dance vocabulary with live musical accompaniment.  Students will focus on contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and elemental concepts of space, time and force and build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment.

Open Level Duncan Technique

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Join us once a month for an immersive workshop in the technique and repertoire of legendary dance innovator, Isadora Duncan. This rare opportunity to study the expressive movement vocabulary will focus on the distinct elements of her technique and relate the work to dance history and contemporary practice. An unconventional genius of her time, Duncan created works which have retained their vitality and relevance for today’s dancers. In each session, we will experience the full body flow of the technique and then explore dances from Duncan’s sensational and sensual repertoire.

For dancers with a minimum of 2 years dance experience. No prior Duncan training necessary.