Lyrical dance is a very expressive dance style that requires a strong ballet foundation and should always tell a story. Many dancers are drawn to this art form because it allows freedom to express emotion; it is also challenging to the performer, especially younger dancers, for the same reason.
Contemporary dance uses the strong technique learned in ballet & jazz, but it fuses modern dance and even hip hop, incorporating abstract positions of the body. Feet may be pointed but contemporary also involves movements & extensions with flexed feet which requires even greater flexibility. Floor work is also often used, requiring the dancer to have a strong upper body.
Modern dance is a specific style that is free form and stemming from the core of the body and using elements like contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation.
Acrobatics, ballet, jazz & JLT classes are important training tools for lyrical/contemporary/modern styles, and tap dancing will also allow the dancer to understand the complex musical phrasing that many lyrical/contemporary dances use.
Lyrical/contemporary/ modern training At TDC
The student will use foundational skills from ballet & JLT classes, working to move in and out of the floor safely, find stability and freedom in their dancing, and transition smoothly between movements.
Students in Intermediate Lyrical will have JLT as their warm up, therefore this class will have limited warmup and center exercises, followed by across the floor combinations to practice emphasized techniques. A larger focus of the class will be on choreography or movement phrases.
Our Modern/Contemporary class introduces key concepts and movements that strengthen the dancer's understanding of release technique. The student uses these skills to learn how to move in and out of the floor safely, find stability and freedom in their dancing, and transition smoothly between movements. The classes begin with stretching and strengthening exercises, followed by center and across the floor combinations to practice emphasized techniques, and conclude with a center phrase to gain confidence in personal artistry and movement dynamics.
A strong technical background is necessary for these classes and encourages the dancer to grow in emotional performance, helping her/him to acquire a stronger stage presence and commitment to the music in other styles as well.
ATTIRE for Lyrical/Contemporary: Black leotard or form fitting tank top or bra top with black hot shorts or leggings. If students have ballet class on the same day, they should wear leotard and tights and should not take up class time to change outfits. No t-shirts. Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins. No “messy buns”. No headbands. Bare feet or foot paws.
ATTIRE for ModernContemporary: black leotard or with black footless tights or leggings worn over the top of the leotard. If students have ballet class on the same day, they should wear leotard and tights and should not take up class time to change outfits. No t-shirts. Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins. No “messy buns”. No headbands. Bare feet.