Contemporary/Modern Dance

Middlesex County 6-8

This course blends techniques from ballet, jazz, modern and lyrical genres and will provide development through theory and practical application. The first period encompasses different styles of movement and technique. The second period will include choreography which students will participate with the instructor to create a contemporary piece. The class will emphasize the practice of composition skills, clarity of movement, initiation, body articulation, and dynamics of performance and will focus on the development of small group work and solos. Dance history will be included in this course in addition to discovering new contemporary choreographers and dancers. Written reports must be submitted.


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Molly McGrath


Molly McGrath is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Molly graduated Cum Laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2015. While at school Molly performed faculty works by John Evans, Keith Thompson, Julia Ritter, and Kim Gibalisco. She also had the pleasure of working with guest artists Laura Peterson, Meghan Frederick, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Loar, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Molly received an Outstanding Choreography Achievement Award for her senior piece "Please Watch For Important Tips on Assembly". Upon graduation Molly became a founding member of Lauren Beirne Dance Works performing from 2015-2016 in and around the tri state area. Molly has been a guest artist with Laura Peterson, Meghan Frederick Practice Project, and Body Party by Dakota Bouher performing at various venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a choreographer, Molly and now husband Shawn Brush formed Brush/McGrath (works) in 2016 performing at Triskelion Arts, Judson Church, and Green Space. Molly was also a guest choreographer with The New Collectives for their dance theater piece "The Occasion of Existence" which premiered in 2017. Molly has presented other works of solo and group choreography in NYC as well as in Seattle. Molly is currently still collaborating with Shawn Brush and is looking forward to creating more dance works.