INTERPRETATION OF THE BRIEF
Graded unit requires two solos of contrasting styles lasting 2-3 minutes. Both must be relevant to the current dance industry and must be challenging. The solos must challenge the dancers’ technique as well as their performance ability. These dances both must be influenced by a dance practitioner, although no choreographic work may be directly copied. Solo work is very important for a dancer in the current age because often choreographers prefer to work with smaller groups of dancers, meaning the dancer must be comfortable dancing alone. It is also very important for dancers to be versatile today, and must be able to perform contrasting styles of choreography with ease.
IDENTIFICATION OF SOLO STYLES AND…show more content… Sometimes, this choreography can also be deemed to be particularly vulgar.
Contemporary dance was developed from ballet, hence the strong technique and link between the two genres of dance. Contemporary also has influences of jazz and modern dance. Contemporary began in the 1900s, with many practitioners coming from a strong ballet background. During this time, ballet was the main style of dance, but Isadora Duncan believed that dance should be natural. She believed dance was a sacred art and showed this in her work. She did not believe in structured ballet classes like most others at the time, often teaching any choreography that she thought up at the time. Isadora Duncan was the real pioneer of contemporary dance, making it easier for others like Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham to follow in her footsteps. Both Cunningham and Graham have their own contemporary schools of technique, meaning both play a large part in the history of contemporary dance. Some key practitioners of contemporary dance in the present day would be Richard Alston, Phoenix Dance Theatre, or Rambert. Commercial dance evolved from the hip-hop movement with its ' origins in the 'streets ' with many believing true hip-hop dance could only be performed in the streets. Eventually in the late 1980s/early 1990s hip-hop became more commercialized, with music videos featuring commercial dance all over the television. Many would say that