Modern is also known as Contemporary Dance. At NSSD these classes are based on the teaching methods of the instructor. Some teach traditional techniques of Graham, Horton, Cunningham, Limon, and more. Other instructors teach the more contemporary style, like the “Release” technique. Either way, Modern is a fundamental form of training that allows more freedom than ballet. It trains the body in a strict manner, and benefits the well rounded dancer. Modern dancers are encouraged to take ballet.