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Contemporary or Modern Ballet vs. Classic Ballet

Learn the differences between contemporary or modern ballet and classic ballet from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast ballet dance video.


My name is Maegan Woodin, and I'm a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. Contemporary ballet is a dance form that incorporates both classical ballet as well as modern dance. Contemporary ballet has a wide variety of movement that doesn't adhere to the basic lines and positions of classical ballet. Contemporary ballet offers floor work, partnering, and it is done in a turned in position as opposed to classical ballet which is done in a turned out position. many classical ballet companies are bring in choreographers with a background in modern and jazz and are setting work on their dancers. So it is important that a dancer is very comfortable with this style of movement as well as classical ballet.

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