“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”
(quote by thedancemovemnet.co.uk)
Intermediate Contemporary classes are structured for ages 8-13yrs who have little to no experience in contemporary or are adding this genre of dance to their repertoire. The style is expressive and so many elements like improvisation exercises, strength and foundation skills help this age group to gain a firm understanding of contemporary dance.
The Class focuses on floor tumbling in addition to stretching and conditioning exercises to increase flexibility and strength. Students will learn and practice safe tumbling techniques and learn how to do somersaults, back rolls, and cartwheels. They will work towards forward and backward walk overs, complex hand/elbow stands, and back handsprings.
“Not only does tumbling build upon strength you learn in your dance classes, but it can work many of the muscles you may not otherwise be using. Shoulders, for example are one of the top muscle groups worked by tumbling skills. Strong shoulders can benefit dancers in lifts, tricks and stalls.” (quote by twistersports.com)
Senior Contemporary classes are structured for ages 13 plus years students that have danced for a few years from a young age. The style as written above, combines many other genre’s. At this level students learn to express themselves through movement, fine tune motor skills and move their bodies, pushing boundaries and discovering new limits. Contemporary dance is a fantastic addition to any dancer’s range. Helping students transition from one style to another with more ease.