Contemporary/Modern Dance

Union 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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Kat Reese


Kat Reese is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist working in the New York City and New Jersey areas. Kat has toured nationally as a professional modern dancer, and has taught a vast range of students including K-12 students, college dance majors, and adults. Kat is currently a member of The Equus Projects, an improvisational modern dance company directed by JoAnna Mendl Shaw. She has danced for companies and choreographers including Brit Falcon, Monteleone Dance, the Kennedy Dancers, and Donnell Oakley. Kat has also presented her own choreography in venues throughout NYC. Her work and thoughts have been featured in articles, books, film, on television, and on podcasts. Kat received her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.