Contemporary Dance Classes

Sydney’s best studios for contemporary styles

Sydney's Contemporary Dance Studios

Duti Dance Studio
DUTI Dance Studio
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company
Crossover Dance Studio

What is Contemporary Dance?

Contemporary Dance is a blend of the natural body movements used in classical ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern dance. It focuses on the interpretation of one’s emotions or personal story, with or without music. A lot of contemporary movements (such as spirals, suspensions, falling and off-balance turns) are based on an extensive range of body techniques that build core stability. Examples of such techniques include arm and leg extensions, weight transfer and floor work.

How Contemporary Dance Started

Contemporary’s history can be traced back to as early as the 1980s when a few influential dancer such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham formed a movement to breakaway from the original dance styles of ballet and lyrical dance to develop unconventional dance styles. 

There was a shift away from the focus on formalised dance techniques towards building one’s physical and emotional expression. This shift was mainly driven by the common desire amongst dancers to embrace freedom and explore the absolute limits of the human body. 

Today, Contemporary Dance has become one of the most dominantly learned dance genres by professional dancers and more recently, further hybrid styles forming with contemporary and street dance styles.

 

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Contemporary Dance in Sydney

Sydney has a wide community for Contemporary dance with several popular dance studios across Sydney offering Contemporary dance classes of different levels. These classes have a community of regular and casual attendees that dedicate a good amount of their leisure time in building their contemporary dance skills for their enjoyment and wellbeing. As this dance style requires you to learn an extensive range of body techniques, it is common to see classes offered as a package over the course of several weeks, allowing people to level up their dance skills on a more serious level.

 

TIPS TO TAKING YOUR FIRST CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASS

Dress Comfortably

Contemporary dance involves a lot of floorwork so it is best to prepare some knee pads and wear tights or long pants to prevent bruises or scratches. Otherwise, there's no need to go out of your way to buy shoes or clothing attire that is specifically made for dance.

What To Expect

A typical beginner Contemporary dance class would commonly start with a warm up and stretch, session before learning a routine taught by the teacher. Beginner classes tend to focus on teaching you basic moves and to help you understand the freedom of expression in Contemporary dance and help build a strong core for precision leg work whilst maintaining fluidity of the torso. Advanced classes helps build on the foundations learnt from beginner level classes, but also help build your confidence for more of the storytelling aspect and execution of your moves.

Talk To Others Taking The Same Class

One of the best things about taking dance classes is the social aspect of dance. Arrive about 10-15 minutes early to settle in and introduce yourself to someone also taking the same class as you. If you are shy, sometimes the teacher may ask all students to talk to the person standing next to them in order to greet each other. During the class, keep the talking to a minimum, so as to not distract the teacher and other students wanting to learn. Some teachers like to stay back after class to talk to students, see if this is the case for the class you take.

Sydney's Contemporary Dance Studios

Duti Dance Studio
DUTI Dance Studio
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company
Crossover Dance Studio

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