Contemporary dance is a genre of dance that employs compositional philosophy, rather than choreography, to guide movement. It uses dance techniques and methods found in ballet, modern dance and postmodern dance, and it also draws from other philosophies of movement that are outside the realm of classical dance technique.
Students develop their expressive and emotive connection to movement and music. A ballet base is strongly advised. Students are able to employ their classical ballet technique in this class whilst enjoying a freedom of movement in space, time and energy that is not applied in traditional ballet classes. Children will enjoy floorwork, exploring various centers of gravity, working in parallel and turnout, exploring abstract shapes and counterbalances with partners as well improvisational skills. They will continue refining their flexibility, strength and control from ballet and other technique classes.
Students may wear foot undeez or half sole shoes OR bare feet. Students should wear a leotard and SCIPA Shorts or SCIPA crop and SCIPA shorts or a leotard on its own but with any of those options, pink ¾ length tights or full length theatrical pink/flesh convertible tights must be worn. Hair must be neatly pulled back from the face in a bun.