Modern Dance is a broad genre of dance techniques that has evolved throughout the 20th century. Modern dance has emerged as a rebellion from classical ballet's strict lines and technique.  Many prominant modern techniques from the Central and Late Modern Period are still in practice today such as Grahm, Horton, Limón, and Cunningham Techniques.


Modern I

For dancers new to modern or who are currently in level 3 or 4. Students will be introduced to elements of various modern techniques while focusing on breath, energy, and the connection of body and Earth. Students will develop strength, versatility, and musicality through exercises in release, momentum, extension, phrase work, and improvisation.


Modern II

For dancers with 1 or more years studying modern dance or who are in level 5 or 6. Students will continue to develop technique in modern dance improving their spatial awareness as well as muscular control and improvisation.  Dancers will better develop their understanding of modern concepts and start to develop an understanding of the differences between different modern dance techniques.


Dress Code for Modern I & II

Hair must be properly secured in a ponytail or braid.

·      Any colored leotard

·      Ballet pink or tan convertible tights

·      Solid black shorts are acceptable to wear for class but not required

·      Grey or black cotton socks are acceptable but not required

·      Modern shoes (paws) are acceptable but not required

Applause Dance Academy

2000 Hwy 16 East

La Crosse, WI 54601




Located between La Crosse and Valley View Mall 

Front Desk Hours


Mon-Thurs: 4:00-8:00pm



Summer Adult Classes:


Barre workout

Mon: 8:00-9:00am

Wed: 6:00-7:00pm

Sat: 8:30-9:30am



Wed: 7:00-8:00pm


Hip Hop

Mon: 6:30-7:30pm



Mon: 7:30-8:30pm



Thurs: 7:00-8:00pm

Jazz: May 24 - June 28

Modern: Aug 2 - Sept 6




Drop in adult classes are $10 or you can purchase a punch card with 12 classes for $100! 



Our barre workout class will focus on your whole body using movements based in ballet, Pilates, yoga, conditioning, and stretching. Classes focus on posture, strength, alignment, core work, and flexibilty.

We stock ballet, tap and jazz shoes as well as tights and leotards. We carry various sizes in our retail area at our studio.  

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