Modern dance can be simply defined as a type of dance that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet.  It was born in the early 20th century and is solely based on a dancer’s interpretation. 

The ability to use your emotions and mood to make up steps for a routine is an important characteristic of modern dance.  Someone who is a modern dancer does not follow the rules of ballet such as the structured steps, the upright posture, etc.  Modern dancers usually pick a certain event that has happened in their lifetime and choose a song that goes along with it that would best tell their story via their dancing. 



One main difference between ballet and modern dance is the use of gravity. In ballet, dancers try to be as light on their feet as possible. In modern dance, the use of body weight is used to enhance movement.

The term "modern dance" is used to describe many different styles and types of dance that developed in the early 20th century. It was created as a reaction to the classical ballet, but does not practice the same rules. Modern dance emphasizes the creative process of choreography as well as performance.