This is more of a slow style of dance using technique and flexibility. It will teach students how to feel the different tones in music and is incredibly beautiful to both watch and perform.
Also known as lyrical dance, this is a style that blends ballet and jazz – smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. It is highly technical (requiring alignment, balance, coordination, control, flexibility, strength and stamina) and a dancer will use movement to express strong emotions (such as love, joy and anger).
Unlike other traditions (such as ballet), contemporary dance is not associated with specific techniques but rather with a dance philosophy. It places a heavy emphasis on the connection between our minds and bodies – dancers learn to use their bodies in a variety of ways, as well as focus on breathing, posture and emotional state.
Contemporary students are required to wear foot thongs/ballet shoes/pirouette shoes and tight fitted clothing (such as leotards, tights, ballet skirts and shorts).