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When Isadora Duncan discovered a new dance form at the beginning of the twentieth century it was one in which the female body was free of corsets and her bare feet were firmly planted on terra firma. The spirituality between earth and heaven was expressed in the more natural movement sandals and barefeet allowed. Isadora Duncan became quite outspoken against the aesthetics of classical ballet, in particular the constricting and painful pointe shoes. The once epitome of grace had become to the post modern feminist the nemesis of freedom itself. The Modern Dance movement of the 1930s and 40s reflected the utilitarian times with performances which expressed the struggle against represion (gravity). Barefoot dancing came to represent control, economy, and immediacy. The 1960s saw another revolt against much that had been tradition in Western dance performance. Works deglamourised the body rebelling against theatrical traditions of magic, make-believe, illusion, the star system, and emotional manipulations. Sneakers replaced ballet pumps as performers danced in their everyday shoes. Even work boots made an appearance as popular tap, become accepted into the avant grade dance form. Modern choreographers now demand dancers cope not only with pointe work but also the many new choreographic moves, which have come subsequently. The popularity of pointe has also spread into Jazz which even though the steps are from a different idiom means the shoes must be extremely supple, responsive and simultaneously supportive and durable.

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