Contemporary Dance Class for When Words Aren’t Enough

A dancer in Contemporary Dance class rehearses for a performance.
A dancer in Contemp./Modern Dance rehearses for her upcoming performance.

If your child can’t help but move when music hits the air, often unintentionally finding themselves getting lost in the sounds and rhythms of each song, it sounds like your dancer is in desperate need of an outlet that allows them to explore their artistic side. In fact, our Contemporary Dance classes may actually be the best place for them to creatively experiment and express their feelings when words just aren’t enough.

What are Contemporary Dance Classes?

Aptly named, the art of Contemporary/Modern dance is one of the more recent disciplines to be introduced into the dancing world. Popularized during the 1980s, dancers started rebelling against the more traditional styles of Ballet and Lyrical dance, and began to blend many different types of movements from a variety of dance styles to combine them into one very unconventional style. Characterized by emotionality, versatility, and improvisation, Contemporary Dance classes encourage dancers to think outside of the box and express individuality unlike any other dance discipline.

The style of Contemporary/Modern Dance brings awareness and sensitivity to timing, spacing, movement quality, and the rhythms that express the cultural “now.” Its basis in artful movement provides an almost automatic avenue for self-expression and allows the dancer to enjoy movement for the moment, and not necessarily because it looks a particular way or creates a particular visual for an audience. This discipline is also unique in how it is constantly evolving–an ever-changing art form that continually redefines itself.

Contemporary Dance Classes Draw Out the Artist in Your Child

Building technical strength and foundation, becoming an inherent part of the music, speaking the language of the soul, and expressing feelings that words can’t describe are the experiences your child embraces in Contemporary/Modern Dance class. At Stagelight Performing Arts, movements and combinations are adapted to individual students, their age, and abilities. We emphasize the expressive, emotional overtones inherent in dance as art and are consistently working to promote the physical benefits of this art form, including stretching, strengthening, cardiovascular development, dance technique, and concentration.

The potential to benefit your child’s development of personal and creative expression is immeasurable. Students who regularly participate in Contemporary Dance classes become more confident, take greater risks when contributing their unique ideas, connect well with others, and become stronger performers.

A Peek Inside the Contemp./Modern Dance Class

Class activities include a full body warm-up, fun improvisational dance challenges, choreography exploration, dance skill development, and opportunities to create their own movement phrases. Through fun and engaging activities and lessons, your child develops assertiveness through pair-shares and group work, gains a greater stage presence, demonstrates the correct alignment of the body, collaborates on choreography with peers, and understands the impact of movement and dance on humanity.

What to Wear During Contemporary Dance Classes

Jazz dancer wearing a leotard and leggings with her hair in a secured pony tail.
Dancers in Contemporary dance class should wear a leotard and leggings or dance shorts with bare feet or tan half-soles. Hair should always be secured out of the face in a bun or ponytail.

In order to get the most out of class time and remain focused, female dancers should wear a leotard and leggings (no midriffs showing) with hair pulled back securely out of the face. Male dancers should wear black leggings or shorts and a t-shirt. Traditionally, this dance style is studied and performed with bare feet–a rebellion against the strictures of traditional Ballet!–but half-sole dance shoes are welcome in class. Generally, most performances will be conducted in bare feet. Dance warm-ups are permitted during the class warm-up (sweaters, leg warmers) but should be removed at the teacher’s direction so proper placement and technique can be more easily corrected.

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Falling Deeper in Love with This Art Form

For dancers who cannot get enough of the sense of freedom and individuality that results from participating in this discipline and have previously completed at least one year of Contemporary or Modern Dance, Contemp./Modern II or Contemp./Modern II/III may be the perfect next step for them. These two advanced Contemp./Modern Dance levels delve even deeper into dance technique, how to effectively use dance to communicate, performance quality, and choreography development.

As our Level II, and Level II/III Contemp./Modern Dance classes require an elevated skill level from our dancers, students are required to have instructor approval to enroll in the class. Instructor approval is given to currently enrolled students in their annual class recommendation forms at the end of the current season. For new incoming students, performers who have taken Contemporary or Modern classes at other studios or schools may be ready for a higher level. If your child has completed at least one year of outside training in this discipline, you can schedule an assessment with one of our teachers. If enrollment is currently open and you are interested in registering for an upper level class, please email the studio at to schedule this assessment with one of our qualified instructors.

Is Contemp./Modern Dance the Right Fit for Your Child?

Still not convinced this class is the right place for your child? The most amazing thing about Contemp./Modern Dance is that it welcomes all bodies, all minds, and all hearts, as long as they come open and willing to try new things and learn. Whether your dancer likes to dance fast and powerfully or gracefully and delicately, they’ll find that Contemp./Modern Dance at Stagelight Performing Arts welcomes them with open arms and open opportunities! Are you convinced yet? Enroll today to find out just why this discipline has captured the hearts of countless numbers of dancers around the world.





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