[Dance Magazine Print Article in December 2012 Edition | Modern vs. Contemporary Which is More Now by Victoria Looseleaf]
What is it about the words “contemporary” and “modern” that has dancers, choreographers, and artistic directors talking these days? is it a question of semantics, training, or technique” What about style? Perhaps modern and contemporary genres have taken on new meanings because the global village has created a melting pot of moves, a stew of blurred forms that not only break down conventions and challenge definitions, but, in the process, create something wholly new, but as yet unnamed. To further muddy the waters, we’ve got Fox’s hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, where seemingly every barefoot number is dubbed “contemporary”. In seeking answers, Dance Magazine spoke to 10 professionals in their respective fields – jazz, hip-hop, modern, and yes, contemporary – about their thoughts on this intriguing tropic.