Contemporary dance is a fluid and expressive dance form that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. It seeks to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements and is known for its versatility and incorporation of improvisation. Contemporary dance often focuses on spatial and body awareness, creative expression, and storytelling.

Contemporary Classes Details:

Days: Tuesdays

Time: 18h30-19h30

Age: 18 years and up

Experience Level: None required

Costing: Available here

Days: Tuesdays

Time: 19h30-21h00

Age: 18 years and up

Experience Level: Previous dance experience required

Costing: Available here

What is Contemporary?

Contemporary dance is an eclectic dance style that is considered to be a fusion of various genres including modern, jazz, lyrical, and classical ballet. It stands out by its versatility and its ability to convey deep emotions and abstract concepts. Originating in the mid-20th century, contemporary dance has evolved to include elements of non-western dance cultures, making it a truly global dance form.

This dance form is characterized by its unique use of space and body movement, fluidity, and freedom of expression. Unlike traditional ballet, which often focuses on lines and the outward display of body aesthetics, contemporary dance emphasizes inner emotion, opinions, and the human condition. Dancers often use improvisation to explore their own styles or to express personal stories in their performances, making each performance unique.

Contemporary dance is not only a form of entertainment but is also used as a medium for educating, communicating and therapeutic expression. It challenges performers to use motion to explore their personal narratives and societal issues, often pushing back against the confines of classical ballet’s structure and form. This style is widely taught in dance schools and universities, and is celebrated for its ability to cross cultural barriers and touch audiences deeply.

Dancewear requirements

Uniform Brochure

Our members are recommended to wear:

  • Anything comfortable and doesn’t limit movement
  • Barefoot, socks or toe socks
  • Knee pads

Teacher Feature:

Gabreilla Smith - Contemporary, Physical & Technique Instructor

Gabriella Smith

I’ve  been dancing for 15 years with experience in Ballet, Contemporary and Burlesque. I have a certificate in Anatomy from the University of Michigan and a certificate in The Science of Exercise from the University of Colorado Boulder. I’m passionate about teaching physical/technique development as not only an auxiliary activity to help with dance, but to improve the overall health and wellness of the body and mind, using the time spent on these activities to appreciate what your body is capable of and grow beyond what you thought possible.

Lizanne Robinson - Acro, Burlesque, Contemporary, Modern Instructor

Lizanne Robinson

I have been lucky enough to be dancing in some form my entire life. I started at the age of 3 with classical ballet, modern, and tap, and then acrobatics and gymnastics a few years later. In high school I started Latin and Ballroom dancing, completing my teachers training in 2008. I joined the UJ dance company in 2010 and was exposed to a multitude of styles from Cabaret, Urban Funk, Jazz, and Contemporary. I was definitely the worst at HipHop! I have a postgraduate degree in Anatomy and Biological Anthropology but prefer being in the dance studio all day. 
I have been teaching for 17 years and absolutely love every minute of it.
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