What's the exact period in which modern dance existed

by Allie
(Canada)

In your dance history section it says end of XIX century to 1950s, but all the other dance styles say until present day. Modern dance is still ongoing so I'm confused with this.

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May 22, 2016

by: Maria

Dear Allie,

There’s no form of dance that may be defined as to have existed exactly in a defined period of time in history only. What really exist, are aesthetical features that become a main trend in a more or less defined period of time. But that doesn’t mean that those aesthetical features can not be found in other periods of time, whether exactly as they were performed in their main time or mixed with other features that belong to new or ancient trends.

I explain at the beginning of my text about modern dance history that the word ‘modern’ has a wide and controversial meaning. It’s better if you understand that reality is more complex than a black and white phenomenon that you can classify easily. If you want to understand dance better, the best thing is to study each trend, or even better each dance project in its own, observing its particular characteristics and comparing them with other projects.

Warm regards,

Maria

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