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"Modern Dance is not so much a system or technique as an attitude towards dance."
Jack Andeerson - Dance Critic New York Times

Modern dance styles of today began to develop in the early Twentieth Century as a reflection of Classical Modern. Finding the technique of Modern very confining, many dancers broke away and began to develop their own styles of dance.

As a result of this we now have many variations on Modern Dance in this country, many complimentary to classical technique and some rather contradictory! However, the most important and successful style in the training and development of children is that of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).

The syllabus of the Modern Theatre Dance Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing is aimed at developing a child alongside a good Classical Modern training. This systemised dance style gives enjoyment and fun to the dance student whilst relieving the child of the technical confines of Modern. The principles of Modern Dance technique are developed at a young age, making Modern Theatre Dance the perfect compliment to Classical Modern training.

Modern Dance in Wikipedia

Modern Dance at the ISTD