by Shanda Tegart, University Of Regina
Through this WebQuest students with learn about Modern Dance and the beginning years. It will take students through the beginning of the 20th C. Students will learn about modern dance pioneers such as Martha Graham, Ted Shawn and Isadora Duncan. Students will then look at social entertainment, social status, lifestyles, fashion, etc. and plan a party that is worthy of our modern dance pioneers.
Modern dance at it's time was viewed as a form of dance that rebelled against the rigid constraints of Classical Ballet. Discarding classical ballet technique, stereotypical choreography, and even the shoes, the early modern dance pioneers practiced free dance. Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, Helen Tamiris, and Mary Wigman are thought by many to be the pioneers of Modern Dance. At the beginning of the twentieth century was also a time of great social, economic, and cultural change in America, all of which are reflected throughout the dances and dancers of this time. For the first time American dancers were hired to tour America nationwide and sought to inspire audiences to a new awareness of inner or outer realities. You can tell a lot about history through social entertainment, events and parties such as: social status, taste, life styles, fashion, and the role of the arts including dance, etc. Besides, who doesn't love entertaining and a good party?