Contemporary is a modern day twist on Classical Ballet and Jazz. It uses a combination of techniques from these styles to form its very own expressive dance. It allows students to be free in dance whilst also maintaining a strong contemporary technique. This style of dance is beautiful, expressive and emotional and a storyline is often used as a motif. Students learn to use their facial expressions and bodies to tell a story to the audience and connect with the audience. Contemporary can be sporadic and catch the audience by surprise with its different and unexpected movements.
There are different forms of Contemporary such as ‘Lyrical’ and ‘Modern’. Music plays a part in determining the differences in the different styles of Contemporary and all our music is checked and age appropriate. Lyrical Contemporary uses beautiful soft music and uses the music to tell the story. The movements flow with graceful and traditional lines, much like Ballet. Modern Contemporary is more abstract and any music may be used.
In class we start with a warm up to avoid injury, and then a stretch to work on the student’s technique and flexibility. Similar to Jazz and Ballet, Contemporary improves flexibility and strength. Safe floor work is taught as well as safe technique and tricks. A routine is taught for the mid year concert in term 1 and 2 and the end of year concert in term 3 and 4. The students love performing in our concerts!
The attire we wear in Contemporary is the Dance School’s uniform and tan jazz shoes. Our classes are kept to manageable sizes so that the students can have one-on-one time with the teachers to really get the most out of the lesson.
Safety is very important to us, in all classes and making sure students understand what safe dance means.
Contemporary is a very popular style seen a lot on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ‘Dance Moms’, so have a little look on YouTube to see what you think!