Modern dance originated as rebellion against Ballet. In the late 1800’s,
a ballerina named Isadora Duncan became internationally famous by performing
her passionate free form solos while barefoot and costumed in loose flowing
fabrics without a corset. This was a new form of dance thus it was named Modern.
In the early 1900’s, choreographer Martha Graham shaped Modern technique
by incorporating Ballet technique to give it structure and added her philosophy
that Modern’s dynamic movement must passionately radiate from a center
contraction. Modern has evolved into today’s highest art form of dance
and consequently is the basis of most college dance programs.