Modern Dance: History & Types


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Modern dance was a reaction against ballet. Which of the following statements characterizes the ways that modern dance diverged from ballet?

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1. One of the characteristics of modern dance that distinguishes it from ballet is the way that the dancers use space. Which of the following statements best describes the way modern dance uses space?

2. The history of modern dance can be characterized by three major evolutions. During the third evolution, after 1945, Alvin Ailey added his own innovations to modern dance by _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Get an idea of what you know about modern dance by answering these quiz questions. Topics include the way modern dance became independent from ballet and an accurate description of how modern dancers use space.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Key points on the quiz/worksheet are listed as follows:

  • Innovation to modern dance from Alvin Ailey
  • Modern dancer who depicted the struggle of women living on the frontier
  • Person known as the 'inventor' of modern dance

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on modern dance, including the way modern dancers make use of space
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about modern dance diverging from ballet and an innovation made to modern dance by Alvin Ailey
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the 'inventor' of modern dance

Additional Learning

For more details, consider the lesson entitled Modern Dance: History & Types. These areas will be studied:

  • Relationship to music
  • Performers
  • Movement
  • Three waves of modern dance