Contemporary dance developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world.
Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical and modern styles of dance, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and other classical concert dance styles.
In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.
Contemporary dance can now be seen to incorporate aspects of lyrical dance. It has been strongly associated with clearly displayed emotional moods, fast-moving choreographic strategies, emphasis on virtuosic display, illustration of song lyrics, and, in group form, exact unison. The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz.
Uniform for Contemporary or
Modern Dance Classes:
Fitted Dance Attire and Bare Feet/ Foot Thongs
Girls: Leotard, Crop Top, Singlet, Leggings/ Shorts.
Boys: Singlet, Leggings, Shorts/Pants.