Victoria Vincent
June 29, 2015
University Of Phoenix
The Performing Arts and Inspiration

My paper will be on Modern Dance and Ballet Dance

Modern Dance

“Modern dance is a dance style that focuses on a dancer\'s own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. Modern dance encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. Another example of modern dance it is also similar to ballet dancing with less restrictions .Also ballet dancers make great effort to be light and moves high in the air on their feet while modern dancers often use their body weight to improve the quality of their movements”.

Modern Dance was not as strict as ballet dancing and some dancers felt it helped them to enjoy their technique and turnout better. Modern dancers use dancing to express their innermost emotions, often to get closer to their inner-selves. Watching a modern dancer can sometimes be emotional, especially if their dance is telling a sad story, such as death or grief.

“Since its founding, modern dance has been redefined many times. Though it clearly is not ballet by any traditional definition, it often incorporates balletic movement; and though it may also refer to any number of additional dance elements (those of folk dancing or ethnic, religious, or social dancing, for example), it may also examine one simple aspect of movement. As modern dance changes in the concepts and practices of new generations of choreographers, the meaning of the term modern dance grows more ambiguous.”(

Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, anthropologist, author, educator and activist originally a ballet dancer founded her first company, Ballet Negre, in 1936. Dunham opened a school in New York (1945) where she taught the Katherine Dunham Technique, a blend of African and Caribbean n movement (flexible torso and spine, articulated pelvis and isolation of the limbs and polyrhythmic movement) integrated with techniques of ballet and modern dance.

I remember doing modern dancing in my late teens and I loved it.I was in a group where we used to dance at concerts and school activities. We danced to the beat of the drummers and just the fact of how we moved our bodies and so energetic with the rhythm the crowd would screamed for more.

“Ballet is a formalized type of performative dance, started in 16th- and 17th-century French courts, and which was further developed in England, Italy, and Russia as a concert dance form. The early ballet dancers were not as highly skilled as they are now. It has since become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is mainly performed with the accompaniment of classical music. It has been influential as a form of dance globally and is taught in ballet schools around the world, which use their own cultures and societies to inform the art. Ballet dance works (ballets) are choreographed, and also include mime, acting, and are set to music (usually orchestral but occasionally vocal). Later developments include expressionist ballet, and elements of Modern dance.” (

I remember going to a show and to my surprised there were ballets and it was the best show I went too. The women and men were nice dressed in their costumes and they moved in rhythm and well lined together. I remember looking at their hands and noticed that they moved the same time and looked so heavenly. Their movement express character and emotion and also expressed a story.

It was interesting to watch but I love modern dancing better.


Washington Ballet