Modern/Lyrical

What is the difference between Modern and Lyrical at SSPA??

Modern Dance puts an emphasis on the natural movement of the body. We spend much of our attention on the way the body should naturally fall into place so that we may live in a manner that promotes physical movement through all stages of life. The main focus is on suspension, anatomical position, and the release of the pelvis. The choreography is often times more abstract and left for the interpretation of the viewer, rather then a clear and distinct explanation

Lyrical  Dance on the other hand is the combination of jazz and ballet technique. The movement possesses a much more fluid quality, rather than having distinct and separate phrases. The choreography often reflects, represents, or interprets the lyrics of a specific song or piece of music. At Stegmann’s we tend to bring Christian lyrics into this class as a unique form of worship.

– Miss Crystal Linde, Modern & Lyrical Teacher


A Brief History of Modern Dance 

In the early 1900s, two women in America, Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis, as well as Mary Wigman in Germany had started a rebellion against the rigid constrains of Classical Ballet. They shed the costumes and shoes, and focused on creative self-expression rather than on technical virtuosity. Later, Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, and Lester Horton developed their own styles and laid the foundation of the American Modern Dance. Modern and Lyrical include the dance principles of centering, alignment, gravity, contraction and release, balance and off-balance, tension and relaxation, as well as opposition and emotion. The dancer strengthen the body and increase flexibility.


Level 1 for Beginner Students

The beginning modern student doesn’t need any prior knowledge of any dance form. However, it will help the dancer when the attendance of  a ballet class goes hand in hand with attendance of the modern class.


 

 Level 2 for Intermediate/Advanced Students

For the intermediate/advanced student it is a prerequisite to be enrolled in a ballet class at the same time. The studies of modern dance deepen and it is of essence that the dancers have a good understanding of basic ballet moves.


 

Level 3 for the Students of Ballet Level 5 & 6

The students of Modern Level 3 need an good knowledge of ballet technique and flexibility of the body. The class is based on various techniques, which includes stretches, swings, falls, turns and Isolation.

 

 

Level 4 for the Students of Ballet Level 7

The students of Modern Level 4 need an advanced knowledge of ballet technique and flexibility of the body. The class is based on various techniques, which includes stretches, swings, falls, turns and Isolation. Furthermore, the studies include Fortifications, Balance, Table Balance, Hinge and many more.

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