Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States


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What distinguished Isadora Duncan as a dancer and choreographer?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of modern dance?

2. How was Bob Fosse's musical choreography different from traditional choreography?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo covers the characteristics of modern dance and highlights famous American dancers who have performed in that style. You will specifically be tested on the careers of dancer Isadora Duncan and choreographer Alvin Ailey.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Unique performance trait of Isadora Duncan
  • Characteristics of modern dance
  • The history and importance of Martha Graham's dance company
  • Historical tribute in Ailey's modern dance 'Revelations'
  • Choreographer influenced by the West Indies and social activism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on contemporary dance and dancers in the U.S.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about characteristics of contemporary dance
  • Making connections - use understanding of the careers of Isadora Duncan, Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham

Additional Learning

To learn more about contemporary dance and dancers in the U.S., review the accompanying lesson titled Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the key characteristics of contemporary dance
  • Identify influential American dancers who performed contemporary dance
  • Differentiate between contemporary dance and modern dance, including how one style led to the other