While strongly influenced by classical ballet, the movement of modern dance is more fluid and contains dynamic highlights and tricks of jazz dance, including isolations, kicks, and leaps; alternately, many movements are weighted and close to the earth.
The choreography of modern dance is very diverse and generally cannot be categorized as any specific dance style, although many dance styles influence much of the movement.
As the field of modern dance has developed and other dance genres have become more defined, the term, modern dance, has become almost obsolete. Where it once fought for recognition it is now expressed, adapted, and displayed through many genres of dance including jazz, classical, and contemporary. Contemporary dance draws on both modern and postmodern dance as a source of inspiration and combines steps from ballet, jazz, and tap.