Modern

Modern

WITH Lesa Broadhead

The modern classes at Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts focus on the beginning and intermediate levels of the Lester Horton Technique, strengthening and stretching the human body to prepare the dancer’s instrument to be expressive, and possess the ability to adapt to a variety of other dance styles. Bella Lewitzky, a former Horton dancer, said in Dance Perspectives (Autumn 1967) that “Lester developed a technique which tested the capacity of the body to move from the cultures, architecture, and artifacts of Africa, Asia, and Native Americans. A typical class will explore a warming up of the body by incorporating roll downs, flat backs, primitive squats, laterals, metatarsal press, leg swings, lunges, movement studies, and progressions across the floor exploring low, medium, and high levels of space.

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