The term "contemporary dance" can refer to anything from avant-garde experimentation to the stuff on "So You Think You Can Dance." Noelle Chun, a member of local dance collective They Might Be Dancers, breaks down the important movements within the "contemporary" realm.

The term "contemporary dance" can refer to anything from avant-garde experimentation to the stuff on "So You Think You Can Dance." Noelle Chun, a member of local dance collective They Might Be Dancers, breaks down the important movements within the "contemporary" realm.

So what is "modern dance," and what is "postmodern dance"?

I consider modern dance to be more classical forms of dance. Ties and relations to the founders of modern dance - which include Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey - is modern dance.

Postmodern dance, I think there's a lot more aesthetics and relationships with postmodern aesthetics: an absence of narrative or meaning or linear thought, or a variety of different influences. Postmodern choreographers are influenced by popular culture, different music, fusion forms of dance from different cultures.

I think if you're talking about community here in Columbus, we don't ever use the terms "contemporary" or "modern." We just tend to say "independent." That's the main focus of how we like to identify ourselves. That says something about community. That's a priority for us, identifying ourselves as here, rather than "we're contemporary."

Why is it that independent dancers don't all have similar body types, like ballet dancers do?

When you're talking about modern and postmodern dance, the aesthetic is varied. It's more about working with what you've got. There's different kinds of skills that a postmodern dancer needs than a ballet dancer, and that influences the build, but in general postmodern people have much more inclusion about all types of bodies, and also accept male and female as kind of equal forms.

Where can people find contemporary dance locally?

A lot of the momentum we've been getting has been performing at community festivals. So it's kind of tagging on independent dance with other arts.