Modern is based on natural, expressive, and sequential movements. This dance technique was developed in the early 1900’s along with the modern art explosion. Modern Dance expresses individuality and encourages the students to express a broad range of emotions through various qualities of movement. Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. A contemporary dance class starts with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up to more elaborate dance routines. Ballet background is recommended.