What is Modern Dance?
Beginning in the late 19th century, a relaxation of Victorian era strictures and an increased interest in physical education paved the way for the emergence of a new type of theatrical dance. In this social climate, there was a ready audience for the dancers who sought to push the boundaries of classical ballet, and the pioneers of this era initiated a shift in the dance world that would give rise to what we now call modern dance. HPSD's modern dance curriculum is drawn from: Lester Horton, Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham.
Our modern dance classes are accompanied by a percussionist and feature high-energy movement with a pulsing beat.
Modern Dance at HPSD
ages 7 and up, 60 minutes long
Modern I offers an introduction to Horton technique with an emphasis on core strength, flexibility, and muscle awareness.
ages 10 and up, 75 minutes long
In Modern II, Dunham technique is introduced, and dancers continue to work on their Horton technique. This class has an emphasis on quicker movements, spinal articulation, dynamics, and balance. Modern I is a prerequisite for Modern II.
ages 12 and up, 90 minutes long
Modern III offers a more advanced study of Horton and Dunham, with an introduction to some Graham technique. Students begin to practice more advanced aspects of modern dance, including turns, jumps, falls, and floor work. Dynamics and expression are also more deeply explored in Modern III. Modern II is a prerequisite for Modern III.
ages 14 and up, 90 minutes long
In Modern IV, students take on a more advanced and faster-paced study of Horton, Dunham, and Graham styles, with an emphasis on Graham and contemporary movement. The focus of this class is on the details of technique, consistency of movement, and expression.