CONTEMPORARY :: Ages 10+

Originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, contemporary has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance.

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.

Dancers can begin contemporary starting in Grade 4 Ballet. Dancers must take a ballet class to be enrolled in contemporary.

DRESS CODE

Mandatory:

  • Body suit
  • Bare feet or nude Footundeez
  • Hair up and out of face – bun or pony tail

Optional:

  • Tights
  • Tight fitting dance shorts or leggings
  • 12 years and up may wear dance shorts and sports bra

No: Jazz pants – must be able to see ankles

Dance wear and shoes can be purchased at Dance Essentials (#8 – 1960 Springfield Rd)

Mandatory:

  • Black shorts
  • Coloured, tight-fitting tank top or t-shirt
  • Bare feet or Footundeez

Dance wear and shoes can be purchased at Dance Essentials (#8 – 1960 Springfield Rd)