Contemporary Dance Style

Contemporary Dance Classes

Contemporary DanceLike Modern dance, Contemporary dance was developed during the 20th century as a breakaway from the standard techniques of ballet. Contemporary dance has no specific technique; rather, it is a compilation of many dance styles that can be danced to almost any kind of music.

Contemporary is very similar to modern and lyrical dance in that its movement is very fluid, and demands a strong body/mind connection with its main emphasis being on the emotion behind the dance itself.

The purpose of contemporary dance is to convey this particular emotion, story, allegory, political message, or evoke artistry alone. Because of its wide range of dance methods, contemporary dance can pull techniques and styles from various other dance forms to create new ones, and the foundation of most of the choreography involves a lot of improvisation, floorwork, a good sense of balance, and fall and recovery techniques.

In addition, one's posture and breathing are very important when dancing Contemporary, and so Contemporary dance often pulls techniques from yoga and pilates, as well as classical ballet, breakdancing, lyrical, or standard modern choreography laid down by famous pioneers Martha Graham and Isadora Duncan.

The beauty of contemporary dance is that it can be learned by anybody; beginners can jump right in, and more experienced dancers are forced to push their boundaries and explore their creativity, and in turn develop strong performance skills.