modern dance

noun
a form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas.

Origin:
1910–15

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modern dance
 
n
a style of free and expressive theatrical dancing not bound by the classical rules of ballet

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Our area is not that rich in small ballet ensembles intent on duplicating the
  experimental gusto of modern dance.
There seems to be a lack of information especially on modern dance in the area.
Most significant is his blending of modern dance and ballet.
Her background in modern dance and choreography informs her current arts
  practice and influences the work she produces.
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