See the latest updates and information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at semo.edu/covid19.
The modern dance training students experience is rooted in a foundation of classic
modern dance techniques while incorporating contemporary methodologies and aesthetics.
Our faculty have trained in the techniques of Horton, Lewitsky, Limon and Graham and
teach classes that incorporate concepts of these classic techniques. Dancers receive
diverse exposure to the past and present styles modern movement with an emphasis on
increasing body awareness, fluidity of movement, shaping of the body and range of
dynamic quality. Classes include improvisation, floor work, spinal articulation,
body part initiation, and technical combinations. Dancers are expected to embrace
versatility, develop a high level of aesthetic sensibility and become fluent in a
broad range of movement vocabulary.
Classes in modern technique include beginning thru advanced levels as well as contemporary
partnering and improvisation. Students will have the opportunity to perform choreography
in a variety of modern dance styles by faculty and guest artists that includes ensemble
work and partnering. Recent performances in modern/contemporary technique include
the work of José Limón, Larry Keigwin, and Robert Battle.
Dance Technique Proficienes