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Dunham, Contemporary, & Horton

Modern dance is a style that incorporates elements of ballet, jazz, and traditional dance forms. It is known for its expressive, improvisational movements and its focus on emotional depth and storytelling. Modern dance classes often include warm-up exercises, stretches, and choreographed routines set to a variety of music genres. The style ranges from the fluid, lyrical movements of Contemporary to the strong, athletic techniques of Horton and the culturally rich rhythms of Dunham. This versatility makes modern dance an engaging and dynamic form that can be enjoyed by dancers of all levels.

IPACC Modern Program Overview:

At InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center, our Modern program offers a diverse range of styles, including Dunham, Contemporary, and Horton techniques. This program is designed to guide dancers from their first explorations of modern dance to mastering complex and expressive movements. Modern dance emphasizes creativity, technique, and emotional expression, often performed to a wide variety of music genres.


Our Modern program is structured into progressive levels, each designed to build upon the skills and techniques learned in the previous level. This ensures that students develop a strong technical foundation while advancing their rhythm, musicality, and performance abilities. Please note that Modern dance is considered an elective class. Be sure to check the class listings to see the available levels.


Developed by Katherine Dunham, this style combines elements of ballet, modern, and Afro-Caribbean dance, focusing on fluid movements, rhythm, and cultural expression.


This style blends elements of modern, jazz, and ballet, emphasizing versatility, improvisation, and personal expression. Contemporary dance allows dancers to explore their creativity while developing strong technical skills.

Horton Technique 

Created by Lester Horton, this style is known for its athleticism, long lines, and dynamic movement. Horton technique focuses on strengthening the body and expanding the dancer's range of motion.


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