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Music for dance offered 
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About studying dance abroad, mainly for choreography 
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Adding 'Breath' to movement  
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Dance classes and workshops in Chile or Argentina ? 
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Dance scholarship to study in Belgium 
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How can I clean my contemporary/modern shoes without ruining them? 
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Contemporary dance friends? 
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Which style of dance is closer to contemporary? Ballet or Jazz? 
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Looking for recording of Jerome Robbins' "The Cage" 
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Creating a basic contemporary dance class 
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Dancer with hyper extended knees that hurt 
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Iwanson international school of contemporary dance 
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Physiotherapist for contemporary dancers 
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Dancing barefoot? 
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Dance clothes (what to wear for contemporary dance) 
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Choreography that works behind a screen/backlighting  
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Learning contemporary dance through DVDs 
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The pros and cons of starting a company versus being a freelance choreographer 
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What is contemporary jazz? 
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How can anatomy provide help in the training process to become a successful dance performer? 
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Which style should I take if I have an interest in lyrical pieces? 
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Can I get a scholarship in contemporary dance ?  
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Does run any sort of workshops? 
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How can a bad diet affect the performance of a dancer? 
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Do I need any formal dance training to become a professional? 
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How much does a dance company make per performance? 
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Career plan for dance 
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Can you make a living as a dancer? 
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Origin of dance 
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Setting the rhythmical structure of choreography 
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Do I need any qualification to be a professional dancer? 
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Please help me identify what this partner turn is and how to do it!!  
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Recognizing contemporary dance. 
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Why do we have to do dance?  
Why do we have to dance if we dont like it?

Tips for young choreographers 
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Philosophers of dance 
Identify and state two philosophers of dance?

Interesting facts about contemporary dance 
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What type / genre of music is used for contemporary dance? 
What type / genre of music is used for contemporary dance?

Contemporary dance and disability 
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What main body systems do you use for contemporary dance? 
What main body systems do you use for contemporary dance?

What is dance production? 
What is dance production?

Top contemporary dance companies? 
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College dance team requirements? 
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Contemporary Dance Companies that use older dancers 
Do you know of any contemporary dance companies that specialize in using older dancers (40+) or companies that use some older dancers?

A computer software for composing choreography? 
Do you know a computer software for composing choreography?

Dancing or not ? (shoud I continue dancing?) 
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On music (for contemporary dance) 
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Percussive movement 
What is percussive movement?

The best contemporary dancer. 
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Contemporary (how does contemporary dance help me?) 
How does contemporary dance help me?

What does contemporary dance
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What does contemporary dance look like?

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Dance (how to dance better?) 
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Key figures in contemporary dance 
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How old do you have to be to get an agent to audition for a dance company?

Increase in dance market trend for contemporary dance 
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How to quote this website? 
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Thin body? 
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Contemporary Professions 
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Children themes for their contemporary dance. 
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