Contemporary dance is a compilation of different techniques derived from modern dance. It can often be considered a fusion of current disciplines that attempts to respect the rules of jazz technique while allowing itself the freedom to venture into rule-breaking territory. Contemporary also uses improvisational dance skills and is often specific to the choreographer, who may/may not use edgy movement involving abstract shapes, sharp transitions, accents and floorwork among other things.
Fall/Spring recital classes focus on lyrical/contemporary skills via two choreographed pieces for our December Recital and June Recital.
Fall/Spring jazz technique classes address crucial aspects of the art form, which include strength, flexibility, body awareness and placement. Though principally focused on jazz-based skills, these classes may integrate lyrical and contemporary, as both disciplines do fall under the jazz umbrella.
Jazz technique is required for Competition Team and Performance Company Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and M.T. dancers.
PLEASE NOTE: Though our technique classes do not typically perform, we may receive requests to do so and will therefore accommodate based off a majority need. Please contact admin or the appropriate instructor to confirm.
Interested in other forms of dance? Head to our main Classes page!
Form-fitting dance attire, i.e., black jazz pants/leggings, spandex shorts (appropriate length please), leotard, form-fitting tank tops, form-fitting t-shirts, etc.; tan foot undies/sole shields and/or bare feet–please see instructor for specifics; tan convertible dance tights (if performance requires it; please, no nylons); hair pulled back
Shopping Recommendations: GDSC suggests Encore Dance Supply if you’re interested in shopping locally. If you don’t mind online shopping, Just for Kix and Discount Dance Supply are also great resources for dance apparel.