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Contemporary ballet is a form of dance influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. It employs the fundamental technique and body control (using abdominal strength) principles of classical ballet but permits a greater range of movement than classical ballet and may not adhere to the strict body lines or turnout that permeate classical ballet technique. Many of its concepts come from the ideas and innovations of 20th century modern dance, including floor work and turn-in of the legs. This ballet style is often performed barefoot. George Balanchine is often considered to have been the first pioneer of contemporary ballet through the development of neoclassical ballet.
Today there are many contemporary ballet companies and choreographers. These include Alonzo King and his company, Matthew Bourne who does a mixture of contemporary and classical ballet pieces with his company new adventures Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. Traditionally “classical” companies, such as the Kirov Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet, also regularly perform contemporary works.
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