The categories of Modern and Contemporary Dance are Solo male, solo female, duo, small group, formation.
Age Divisions see in General Provisions of Performing Arts.
Modern dance is an art form with many styles that has undergone development over a relatively long period of time.
Modern dance is a more relaxed, freestyle of dance in which choreographer‟s uses emotions and moods to design their own steps, in contrast to ballet‟s structured code of steps.
It has a deliberate use of gravity, whereas ballet strives to be light and airy. The development of modern dance was the logical consequence of the dancing styles that existed at the start of the 20th century when the modern dancers of that period attempted to break free from established ballet forms, which they considered to be stiff, strict and restrictive and therefore they started searching for new trends and techniques to give dance a new direction.
This particular dance discipline concerns using modern dancing techniques that were created for the most part during the first half of the 20th century by renowned dance teachers and choreographers, /e.g. Martha Graham, José Limon, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Lester Horton and a host of others on the American continent, and Kurt Jooss, Mery Wigman, Hanya Holm and many others in Europe /
In view of the fact that all dance remains in a constant state of movement and development, this does not mean that we have to use only the aforementioned techniques in their original forms. On the contrary, it is also about using contemporary trends in modern dance techniques that either goes back to the foundations established by the aforementioned dance instructors or we can use totally new, experimental and original concepts for modern dance.
Contemporary dance brings new information about the body and how the body works, offers a new quality of movement, new shapes of a body in the area, bring a new composition process and space for experiment.
1. Characteristics and Movement: the entire routine must consist of modern dance techniques and current trends, and should correspond with age categories and the movement skills of the dancers. Contemporary Ballet should not be confused with Modern dance, and may not compete in this discipline. Other contemporary styles such as Hip-Hop, Disco, Break Dance and Electric Boogie may be incorporated, but must never control/dominate Modern dance performances. The main point of assessment for this discipline will be the level of the dance movements carried out, as well as the theme and storyline. The story, the building of a plot, is possible, but not so much emphasized here as, for example, for Show dance. It is primarily about pictures, moods. In Modern Dance, a story, theme, idea or concept may be used but must always be in good taste for children, junior and adult situations, but human situations, especially those dealing with intimate or personal relationships should acceptable to viewing by all ages.
2. Acrobatics and Lifts: Acrobatic movements are allowed. Lifts are allowed in Junior and Adult age divisions and are prohibited in the Children age division.
3. Props and Backgrounds: Stage props are allowed to the extent that the stage setting for the choreography does not overshadow the dance itself. Backgrounds are prohibited.
4. Clothing: esthetic, tasteful and age division appropriate.