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Kathy Diehl, MFA, MSW, CET

What is Modern Dance?

In this class, students will have an opportunity to dive into the technical and artistic elements of contemporary dance within a fun, supportive atmosphere. Depending on the level, students will explore falling/flying, floor work, movement initiation, dynamic expressivity, spatial patterns, etc. Students will also have a chance to use their imaginations through improvisational experiences and they will practice collaborative communication by working together throughout the class. By the end of the class, students should feel like they had a mind-body-soul experience that will leave them energized and eager to learn more.


In this class, students will get moving! Through an exploration of the elements of dance (Body, Space, Time, Energy, Relationship) students will discover all that is possible in terms of expression and creative dance. Class will start with a vigorous warm-up followed by a series of exercises and games designed to give students the chance to experience the power of play and how that impacts creative energy and choices. Students will work together to solve tasks presented, leading to an understanding of the importance of listening, collaboration, and communication. We will finish with a sharing of movement ideas and a check in regarding what was discovered in the class.

State Standards

These presentations meet the following state education standards for high school students:


Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

DA:Cr1.1.IIIa Synthesize content generated from stimulus material. Experiment and take risks to discover a personal voice to communicate artistic intent.


Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

DA:Cr2.1.IIIa Demonstrate fluency and personal voice in designing and choreographing original dances. Justify choreographic choices and explain how they are used to intensify artistic intent.


Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

DA:Pr5.1.IIIa Apply body-mind principles to technical dance skills in complex choreography when performing solo, partnering, or dancing in ensemble works in a variety of dance genres and styles. Self-evaluate performances and discuss and analyze performance ability with others.