Modern dance evolved at the start of the 20th century, when dancers went in search of forms of movement that would allow them to escape the shackles of the classical ballet style. They wanted to liberate their movements, find a way of expressing their feelings in the moves they made. Modern dance developed both in Europe and the United States. Differences in culture, politics and geography led to different styles of modern dance.

Modern dance is based on ordinary natural movements, such as walking, running, jumping, falling, turning and rolling. The technique is a continuation of natural body movements and emotions, which are merged to form a flowing dance.

The introduction course Modern Dance is perfect for people with no experience at all. During the course you will learn the basic principles of modern dance. You become aware of your own body and breathing. You will experience the natural progression of movement: from tensed to relaxed, fast to slow, heavy to light. Every lesson starts with a meditation exercise on the floor. You then learn some of the techniques, both on the spot and moving around the room. 

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Iris Ton

Iris graduated as Bachelor of Dance in Education at Codarts Rotterdam. She has worked with several (inter)national choreographers as a dancer and has collaborated with photography, music and spoken word artists in art projects all over the world. Since 2010 Iris is teaching at dance schools and dance academies.

The beginners course Modern Dance will expand on the basics learned in the introduction course. This course is suitable for those who have followed the introduction course or have learned the basics of modern dance elsewhere. You will start working with the spine, in curves and twists, teaching you to use different dynamics in muscle tension. All of this helps you to initiate movement from the ‘center’ and to focus on your breathing. At the end of the class, you dance a combination based on the theme of that particular class.

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Iris Ton

Iris graduated as Bachelor of Dance in Education at Codarts Rotterdam. She has worked with several (inter)national choreographers as a dancer and has collaborated with photography, music and spoken word artists in art projects all over the world. Since 2010 Iris is teaching at dance schools and dance academies.

The intermediate course Modern Dance continues on from the basics you have learned in the beginners course Modern Dance, or builds on experience you have gained elsewhere. As you already know the basics of modern dance, this course focuses on more complex moves and choreography. You’ll continue practising leaps, turns, falls and rolls and you'll learn to refine your moves to suit your own body. The lessons involve raising your personal level of awareness, practising your technique and moving around the room, and finally dancing a combination of set moves.

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Iris Ton

Iris graduated as Bachelor of Dance in Education at Codarts Rotterdam. She has worked with several (inter)national choreographers as a dancer and has collaborated with photography, music and spoken word artists in art projects all over the world. Since 2010 Iris is teaching at dance schools and dance academies.

The advanced course Modern Dance is aimed at dancers who have already mastered the basics of modern dance. During the course, you'll practise leaps, turns, falls and rolls. You'll learn to refine your moves to suit your own body. The focus is on the technique as well as learning to dance with feeling. It's important to get to know your own body so that you can work on the details and perfect your moves. You also focus on dance as an art form, learning to create a work of art together with other dancers. During this course, you will be expected to challenge yourself, to test your own boundaries. The lessons involve raising your personal level of awareness, practising your technique and moving around the room, and finally dancing a combination of set moves.

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Iris Ton

Iris graduated as Bachelor of Dance in Education at Codarts Rotterdam. She has worked with several (inter)national choreographers as a dancer and has collaborated with photography, music and spoken word artists in art projects all over the world. Since 2010 Iris is teaching at dance schools and dance academies.