Why Study Modern Dance?

    Do you want to join a contemporary dance company? The Modern Dance concentration at MMC provides training in a variety of techniques, preparing you with a strong understanding of the principles of multiple techniques. You will be able to use these principles in work with contemporary choreographers across a range of genres.

    Why Study Modern Dance at MMC?

    MMC offers a rich program of study in the essential movement principles and skills particular to the modern dance form, preparing you to be a versatile, knowledgeable artist. You will study a range of classical modern techniques such as Graham Limon, Horton, and Nikolais/Louis and learn global dance forms such as Bharatantayam. You’ll delve deeply into improvisational skills and coursework that encourages an in-depth exploration of movement, providing you valuable skills necessary for individual freedom of expression in both the performance and invention of dance. You’ll have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of contemporary choreographers to prepare for work with multiple dance companies in the field.

    What You Will Learn

    • You will learn to analyze and understand the principles of specific modern dance techniques.
    • You will utilize improvisation as a means to explore artistry and to generate movement ideas.
    • You will develop an increased ability to learn new movement concepts and skills.
    • You will develop professional and independent learning skills in the classroom and rehearsal.

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    Dancing at a Distance

    With the reopening of MMC’s Main Campus during the Fall 2020 semester, the Department of Dance was challenged with continuing instruction in a discipline characterized by live performance. Following the Virtual/Open Campus model of education, dance instruction persevered via the addition of new equipment, implementation of health and safety protocols, and the determination of MMC students and faculty.

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