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If you haven’t read those pages, you might ask something that has already been answered within our website. Please, make sure of at least browsing over them before asking a new question here.

If you read those pages and still have a question, you can also follow a very simple process before asking. Please have a look at our right column, where you will find a Google search box. It is located near the top, just below the post for the e-book of contemporary dance history.

This search box works only within (our website), and not within the rest of the Web. Just write some of the words that make your question, for example WHAT IS CONTEMPORARY DANCE?, and then click the search button. A new page will open with several results. Now you can read about what you are looking for. It is very possible that you will find the answer to your query.

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