Contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used. 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.
Photo - Jen Harden
Originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance.
- Body suit ( mandatory)
- Tights (optional)
- Tight fitting dance shorts or capris. (optional)
- No jazz pants – must be able to see ankles (optional)
- Barre Feet or Nude Foot Thong
- Hair up and out of face – Bun or Pony Tail.
- 12 years and up may wear dance shorts and sports bra (optional)