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The Value of Teaching Classical Modern Dance Technique in Higher Education

The Value of Teaching Modern Dance in Higher Education

Montclair State University dancers performing May O’Donnell’s Powers of Ten (1984), as staged by Nancy Lushington in 2013. Photographer: Robert Cooper.

By Nancy Lushington
Published online: 21 Feb 2017.

In this article, I promote the teaching of classical modern dance forms at the college and university level as preparation for multiple career paths in dance. The understanding of specific modern dance principles informs the dancers’ embodied knowledge, preparing them to look back and move forward. My specific lens is my work teaching the technique of May O’Donnell, who developed her methods from the 1940s through the 1970s.


The O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016 Grant Recipients.

The list includes:

The Martha Graham Dance Company
Ten Hairy Legs
New York Live Arts
New Chamber Ballet
Jose Limon Dance Foundation
Buglisi Dance Theater
Janis Brenner & Dancers
Bodystories- Teresa Fellion Dance
Kyle Abraham/ Abraham in Motion
Stephen Petronio Dance Company
Jennifer Muller/The Works
Parsons Dance Foundation

Congratulations to all recipients!

Our Mission

May Odonnell and Ray GreenThe Music and Dance Foundation, Inc. was conceived and incorporated to devote its assets and activities to the respective and allied fields of music and dance. That is, the main thrust of the Foundation is to offer support to individuals, organizations and institutions devoted to the creation and performance of new works in the field of music and dance.