Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazzstyles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and other classical concert dance styles.
In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. Additionally, contemporary dance sometimes incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures, such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance, Butoh.
I start the class with 15 minutes approx. of progressive warming and stretching.
The class continues with different exercises to work on coordination and harmonybetween movement and breathing.
The contemporary which I work is based on the release technique so the coordination and connection between breathing and movement is fundamental and very precise.
We work a small floor combo followed by some technical diagonals where the dancer can work the specific technique of the release with displacements.
A choreographic piece is worked on and finally we finish with a small improvisation where the dancer is helped and directed to get a pure movement and with harmony between the joint possibilities of each one and the musicality.
There is possibility of partnering work where we work under the direction of the contemporary contact technique.