Dance is a form of art that uses body movement to express your feelings. Any form of dance is just a mere way to express the emotional overflow of an individual in the rhythm of music. Dancers also believe to be connected to the super power through their dance. There are several dance forms that are performed dedicatedly for religious beliefs. Many dance forms and performances are also used to convey social messages. Dance also plays a vital role in keeping an individual fit and healthy. There are many dancers across the globe who defined dance in their own way and gave it a new and innovative dimension.
Let us discuss few of those dancers who have contributed a lot as far as the stature of modern dance is considered.
Mikhail Baryshnikov’s contribution to ballet dance form is believed to be unparalleled till date. Dance critics opine that it is not only tough but also impossible to find any replacement of Mikhail Baryshnikov in ballet dance. He was born in Latvia and studied ballet dance in Vaganova School in St. Petersburg before he enrolled in Kirov Ballet in 1967. He had led a lot of ballet dance performances in his career and he is also believed to be the most influential figure in ballet dance ever.
Though he was not as good as Mikhail Baryshnikov in ballet dance, he did create his own identity in the dance arena. He won a million hearts with his powerful and energetic solo performances. He started performing as a soloist for the Kirov Ballet at the age of twenty. The Russia born dancer tried his luck in movies in the 1970s. Nureyev and Fonteyn’s charismatic and emotional performance in “Romeo and Juliet” is still believed to be the best performance in the history of ballet.
Michael Jackson is believed to be a revolutionary figure in the arena of pop music and music videos. His dance style is still powerful enough to help the newbies learn a lot about pop and hip-hop routines. He being the trendsetter in pop music has influenced almost every modern day pop stars. His dance style was original and innovative every time his feet touched the stage.
Gene Kelly is given utmost respect for bringing dance into theater and helping it reach millions of dance lovers. He influenced the golden age of Hollywood’s musicals. Kelly imbibed various dance forms such as modern, ballet, and tap to innovate his form of hybrid dance style.
The mother of modern dance, Martha Graham is respected worldwide for her contribution to modern dance as she had invented a fully codified modern dance technique. She has also choreographed around 150 dance performances.