Beginner Contemporary Dance Class

Beginner Contemporary Dance Class

Over the years, dancing has become a lifestyle and a fun activity that brings people together. Often times, its movements are coordinated and also follow a particular rhythm at a time which is what makes it so beautiful and a wonderful piece of art. When performed gracefully, you can feel the energy buildup that can transform to the improved functionality of the physical body, the soul, and the mind.

Contemporary dance class holds all of these promises because of its versatile nature as it is a blend of several dance categories or genres. The student of this class can easily connect emotionally in several dance positions and techniques and still feel relaxed in that moment. This article brings you all you need to know about the class including the benefits and what to bring along.

What is this dance about?

Contemporary dance is an expressive dance style which is a combination of so many dance categories including jazz, lyrical, modern and classical ballet. The dancers of this dance form strive in connecting the body and the mind through flowing dance movements.

This dance form focuses on versatility and improvisation which is not like the strict and structured ballet type. It stresses on floor work as it uses gravity in pulling the dancers down to the ground. Often times, Contemporary dance is done in bare feet and can be danced to several types of music.

The pioneers of contemporary dance like Duncan, Graham and Cunningham believed dancers should be given the freedom to allow them freely express their deep feelings and thoughts. I can also tell you that it is dance class that is very suitable for beginners as a lot of people these days who don’t know how to dance are at least conversant with modern dance forms. You also don’t get to be bored with rules the old traditional dance forms.

What are specific dance moves to learn in contemporary dance class?

It is difficult to actually point out the specific moves and steps of the contemporary it is a combination of the elements of modern, jazz, hip-hop and ballet dance forms. Another reason for this is that the contemporary dance is ever changing and presently occurring.

The moves and techniques you learn will vary with your instructor since it is emotionally driven. However, some movements are uniform and they can be mastered easily. The four main techniques used in contemporary dance are:

Cunningham

This technique takes advantage of the body’s own line of energy in promoting easy and natural.

Graham

It is all about contraction, and release as well as fall and recovery. Its floor work and use of pelvic and abdominal contractions makes are unique. Contemporary dance style is solid and the technique obviously different from the sylphlike and airborne ideas of ballet

Limon

It explores the use energy relating to gravity and considered weight in terms of fall and rebound as well as recovery and suspension. It makes use of the dancers feeling of weight and heavy energy in the body. Movement is then instigated by using breadth in lifting and in swinging through the body for creating and halting of movement. This technique actually feels so nice to perform

Release

This focuses on reducing the tension to a minimal level as the dancer searches for fluidity, clarity and the efficient use of breadth and energy. Just as it sounds, in the release technique, the dancer releases through the muscles and joints for easy movement thereby releasing the breadth to assist body release and flexibility. It is an excellent relaxation technique and a good dance style

Benefits

  •               Contemporary dance activates your creative whim of Self-expression
  •               Gives you an improved muscular tone
  •               Improves physical fitness of the body and mental fitness of the mind
  •               It’s good and needful for the soul
  •               It makes the dancer more versatile and able to improvise
  •               Allow the student to learn the techniques of using gravity and transitions on the floor
  •               You are able to connect with your emotions and your mind is relaxed in a positive      environment
  •               It is also a great way to meet new friends

What to wear/ bring to class

Dress code isn’t strict as the traditional attire of the ballet class. But instructors would want you to wear some specific attire to establish some sort of connection with you.

  •               Black or dark tights for males and flesh or pink tights for females
  •               A dark leotard or white shirt that can be worn under the tights
  •               Females can also put on a skirted leotard. Male dancers put on leggings or short with  tight underneath or tight jazz pants that get to the knees
  •               Most times, you are required to dance barefoot but you can come with small lyrical shoes that cover the ball of the foot.
  •               A face towel, an extra shirt or leotard and a bottle of water so you don’t get dehydrated.

Note that all attire are supposed to be tight so the instructor can see your body, establish a connection and make corrections where necessary.

Conclusion

This dance form is safe and can be easily accessed by beginners because it naturally aligns with the body in its works. Experienced dancers can become even better dancers by pushing new boundaries with the ease of movement which is promoted by contemporary dance styles. This dance form can, therefore, start with you as a beginner and then transform you to a professional dancer.