What Is Contemporary Dance?

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.



The genre of Contemporary blends elements of multiple dance styles. This form of dance lets dancers express emotions through movement and breath.   

Contemporary dance is a style of interpretive dance that embraces blending improv, innovation, and technique from various styles of dance such as; jazz, modern, lyrical, and classical ballet. 

Within this genre you focus more on floor work, body shapes, and expression. Instead of relying on the strict rules that govern traditional dance styles it RELIES on your ability to move through improvisation and versatility. It allows you to have creative freedom with your movement. The fluidity of movement allows dancers to explore their mind-body connection. 

It is often referred to as a form of story-telling. Contemporary routines tend to communicate abstract ideas, moments in time, personal or historical moments. The costumes and music will typically reflect and help set the tone of the piece. Some choreographers will have their performers dance to spoken word poems, or have the dance/dancer make “music” with their bodies. 

Major power houses who helped influence contemporary included:  

✨Isadora Duncan, who was an American ballet dancer that rejected the rigid technique of classical ballet to embrace the human bodies natural lines. 

✨Martha Graham was a choreographer known for being the mother of modern dance. Her innovation laid much of the ground for contemporary movement. 

✨Lester Horton was an American choreographer who helped developed modern dance techniques inspired by Native American dances. He was also one of the first American choreographers to insist on racial integration in his performances. His legacy lives on in the work of notable contemporary choreographers including Alvin Ailey.

There are many factors, styles, and innovators who have made contemporary what it is today! This style is forever growing, and has the ability to reflect the times in a way of art movement.

Dance is a great form of exercise for the body and brain. Finding a love for the art of dance can motivate kids to stay active into adulthood. Dance helps your child increase their flexibility, physical strength, range of motion, and stamina.

Here are some of our favorite benefits of taking dance classes!

Promotes Socialization

Within dance class children learn how to work as a team. As well as gain a great sense of truth and cooperation. Dance is a highly social activity, and with every class they interact with other dancers. More often than not those connection grow into live long friendships.

💕Dance friends are forever friends! 

Improve Physical Health

Dance will enhance your child’s flexibility, strength, and stamina. As well has help you child in other activities beyond the dance studio.

Emotional Development

Through experiencing the joy of dancing your child will learn how to express them in a new found way that is beneficial for their health. This form of expression provides an outlet for healthy emotional and physical release. Children who are given the freed to channel their emotions in a safe space helps build up their self esteem and confidence.

Encourages Creativity

No matter what style of dance your child it encourages your child to express themself while exploring their imagination. Early childhood is the best time for creative development. By encouraging your child’s creativity they will learn how to think critically while building trust.