Contemporary dance has grown and become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. It is particularly popular in North American and Europe. Originally, it developed from borrowing from classical, modern and jazz styles, being similar in technique.
Contemporary tends to combine the strength and controlled leg work of ballet and the focus on use of torso from modern. It employs contract and release work, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, direction and movement quality are often used.
Youth Contemporary begins at age 8 WITH previous and continued training in ballet and/or CT Technique classes. Class placement by invitation.
Contemporary/Lyrical Class is for intermediate/senior dancers with a strong technical background. The focus in this class is similar to solely contemporary with the added focus on emotional expression and storytelling through the use of the body and facial awareness. Music may include "lyrics" or be instrumental: both of which can dictate the mood or feeling of the dance.
Dancers perform in the year end recital.