In modern dance, these movements are softer and more fluid. Dance is an integral part of Filipino culture that dates to the period before Ferdinand Magellan stepped foot in the Philippines. One example of a comic dance performed in the Philippines is the danced called the Buti Buti. In the world of modern dance, there are certain choreographers who have blazed the way for those who came after them. The modern dance style does not have set rules. Waltz - this is a dance that is usually performed at balls. However, this page uses Modern dance as a term to describe 20th century concert dance, on stage. Modern dance was given an impetus by Alice Reyes with the CCP Dance Company (later Ballet Philippines). The traditional dances of the Filipinos are vibrant and colorful, capturing the history of the archipelago. Her company strove to excel both in modern and classical ballet thereby creating an expansive and impressive repertoire. Al Bernard Garcia has been making waves in the Philippine contemporary dance scene as an independent dance artist, teacher, choreographer, and performer. It emerged in Europe and the U.S. in the early 20th century as a rebellion against classical ballet, emphasizing creativity in choreography and performance. Some choreographers and dancers include in modern dance styles hip hop, lyrical, free style and fusion, a combination of dance forms like tap, jazz, modern … Social dances are dances with other people rather than performances. About the Author: Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz is a former English instructor at the University of the Philippines who danced with Modern Dance Company (now Ballet Philippines), Hariraya Ballet Company, involving himself much later with Dance Theater Philippines as its balletmaster, choreographer and then artistic director. Modern dance is over a century old, having begun (in this sense) around 1900. The Wonder Girls had everyone singing their song (or at least humming to it) and copying their dance moves. This is an excerpt from Dr. Ruth Pison’s “Dancing a Nation: Philippine Contemporary Dance and Narratives of the Nation” (2013) published in the Philippine Humanities Review. Modern dance emerges as a consequence of its time, alone and outside any academic institution. There are a lot around, but a few examples are: 1. With established and young choreographers were given an avenue for their artistic creations. 1. Also, another comic dance performed in the Philippines is called the Badjao. If you prefer to browse through a handy summary of modern dance history (with the names of figures who were or are significant for it), go to our general dance history … Modern dance is a dance style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings. 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