XpressIt Dance Center – Contemporary
Contemporary dance is a dance performance genre that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, 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 and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. It sometimes also incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance Butoh.
- What is Contemporary Attire? Dancers must come prepared for class in studio leotard or studio sports bra and shorts. Mini and Primary dancers are required to use pirouette lyrical shoes. Junior and Senior dancers are expected to attend in bare feet. All dancers must have their hair secured back and away from their face. Studio leotards and/or sports bras, pirouettes and lyrical shoes may be purchased from the front office.
- Jewelry should never be worn to class and teacher may ask students to remove jewelry while taking class. Small earrings are acceptable. The studio will not be responsible if jewelry is lost while taking class.