Contemporary dance is one of the areas of dance, which includes the styles and techniques of XX-beginning of XXI century, based on European and American modern and postmodern dance.
These directions demonstrate dance as a means of developing the body dancer and the creation of his personal dance vocabulary. It weaved various techniques and dance styles. A characteristic feature of modern dance is focused research, which are caused by connection of dance with the changing philosophy of dance movement and constantly replenish the amount of knowledge about the limitless possibilities of the human body.
A new kind of plastic dance originated at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in a free plastic Isadora Duncan, who offered a new vision of dance, from ancient ideal of harmony in human development. Duncan wanted to make a dance instrument of expression of human individuality, his emotional state. It made a reform in the art of dance, which consists in the fact that all of its components-the music, the costumes, plastic movements-were harmoniously linked.
In addition to Isadora Duncan outstanding representatives of contemporary modern dance form that originated in America and Europe in the beginning of the last century are Charles Weidman, Jose Limon, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolof, Martha Graham, Ruth St. Denis, Mary Wigman, Lester Horton, Ted Shawn .
To the founders of the post-modern dance, which appeared in the middle of the last century can be attributed Talley Beatty, Iers Cunningham, Alwin Nikolais, Trisha Brown, Donald McCain, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor.
The basic techniques of modern dance are:
Contributed to the development of the techniques of modern dance and other famous dancers, including: Lester Horton, Eric Hawkins, Merce Cunningham.
All of these wonderful people, sincerely devoted to dance and have devoted their lives to it, have created art that even today fascinates people, striking the imagination of the limitless possibilities of the human body.