Classical Genres



Contemporary dance is a classical genre that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant formal dance styles with popularity in Canada, U.S.A and Europe. This style has borrowed technique from classical Ballet, Modern and Jazz styles, and has also come to incorporate elements from many other styles of dance.


In terms of the focus of its technique, Contemporary dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.