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The History of Contemporary Dance

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Contemporary dance is a genre of performing arts that emerged in the mid-20th century. It is a fusion of different dance styles, including ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Contemporary dance is known for its fluidity, versatility, and expressive movements.


The origins of contemporary dance can be traced back to the 1950s and 1960s, when a group of choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Martha Graham, began to challenge the conventions of traditional dance forms. They rejected the rigid structures of ballet and embraced a more fluid and improvisational approach to dance.


Contemporary dance continued to evolve in the following decades, with new choreographers and dancers pushing the boundaries of the genre. In the 1980s and 1990s, contemporary dance became more experimental, incorporating elements of performance art and multimedia.


Today, contemporary dance is a thriving art form that continues to evolve and inspire audiences around the world. Its rich history and diverse influences have made it one of the most exciting and dynamic forms of dance.


At Sharon’s Studio of Dance & Music, we proudly offer contemporary dance classes for children ages 11 and older. View our class schedule and register online today or contact the office to schedule a free trial class.

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