History of Modern Dance

by Kaitlin

I would like to know, how has Modern Dance evolved within te last 50 years? (Around the 1950's)

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May 17, 2011
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Kaitlin,

Contemporary dance can be understood as an evolution of modern dance. We have a special page for its history at our site. There, you can find information about the work of important figures or trends from just around the date you are asking (1950s) to the present time.

Here's the link to visit that page:

Contemporary dance history, beginning around the 1950s to the present time.

On the other hand, you can also consider the groups or figures that have worked to preserve the legacy of some recognized figures of the so called modern dance period.

Examples of this are the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, the Isadora Duncan International Institute, the Limon Dance Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company or the worldwide studies about Rudolph Laban's work and the current projects that it influences.

All these groups, teachers or choreographers have had a parallel development to the contemporary dance trend since the 1950s. If you wish to have a first idea of the figures in which they are inspired, you can read our special page for modern dance history:

Modern dance history.

And still, if there is information about one specific topic (one choreographer or trend) that you want to have, just ask me back. I'll be glad to help you with a great answer.

I hope this is what you were looking for.

Best wishes,


Feb 17, 2015
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