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Modern dance is EVERYWHERE! Check out some recent music videos that highlight modern dance.

tUnE-yArDs – ‘Bizness’

0-0:18 – Emphasis on isolated body parts and gestures; this lasts throughout the classroom scene

0:19-0:25 ; 0:55 – 1:00 – Gestural phrases

0:54 – Is that a Martha Graham contraction?

1:36 – 1:49 – Unison choreography and repetition – we know what that means, right?

1:57 -2:17 – Some floorwork; modern dancers may recognize these shapes from their technique classes

2:24 – Traditional lifts, partnering and weight-sharing

2:46 – 3:43 – Gestural phrase in unison

3:06 – A little Lion for the yogis among us

3:44 – Break to unison choreography

3:55 – Onstage chaos done well! This is done well because the camera isolates different incidents/interactions onstage, which doesn’t overwhelm the viewer.

Two Door Cinema Club – ‘What you know’ 

0:00 – 0:21, etc. – A group of women performing choreography in unison. This occurs throughout the video, which channels Busby Berkeley imagery.

0:22 – A petit allegro 

1:27 – Some ballet stretches

1:52 – 2:20 – Notice the use of grouping; 3 women with 3 women; 3 women with 3 men – gender roles are strong here

2:37 – Another petit allegro; previous themes are repeated from this point onward.

Beyoncé – ‘Countdown’ 

This video draws clear comparisons between Beyoncé’s “Countdown” video and the choreography of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. De Keersmaeker’s highlighted films include “Achterland” and “Rosas Danst Rosas.”

*Though Beyoncé’s video sparked a huge plagiarism controversy, I am happy to see a modern dance marvel getting the recognition that she deserves!

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