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Modern dance is a dance form developed in the early 20th century. In the early 1900s European and American dancers started to rebel against the rigid constraints of Classical ballet. Shedding the authoritarian controls surrounding classical ballet technique, costume, and shoes, these early modern dance pioneers focused on creative self-expression rather than on technical virtuosity. Modern dance is a more relaxed, free style of dance in which choreographers use emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to ballet's structured code of steps. It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas ballet is rigid in its technique. Classical ballet is the basic building blocks for all dance types and thus modern dance also uses technique. 

Both Postmodern and Contemporary dance re built upon the foundations laid by Modern dance and form part of the greater category of 20th century concert dance. 

Modern dance today is much more sophisticated in technique and technology than when modern dance was founded.  The essence of modern dance is to look forward, not back. Ballet and modern sometimes fuse together and enrich both forms, but neither is likely to lose its identity in the process. 

 
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