Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floor work, using gravity to pull them down to the floor, as well as core strength, control and flexibility.
This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.
Pioneers of contemporary dance include Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. These contemporary dancers all believed that dancers should have freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings.
Here at Newcastle Dance Academy, all students must enrol in a ballet class to be eligible to participate in our contemporary classes.
We begin training lyrical from the age of 10 years, moving into contemporary technique by 12 years.
NDA branded logo shorts (worn over leotard), pirouette shoes (half lyrical shoe).
NDA branded black ballet t-shirt or singlet, black ballet shorts or black tights.