Combined with classical ballet’s controlled leg work and modern dance’s stress on the torso, contemporary emerged in the 1950s incorporating many everyday elements, poetic themes, broken lines, nonlinear movements, and repetition. Contemporary choreography often comes from emotion first, and movements are added to convey those emotions on the stage. Many of these movements that are driven by emotion involve dramatic bounds and leaps, and while performed, supports a creative freedom that separates the dancer and the music as separate, beautiful entities.
Contemporary is a dance that is not meant to be analyzed, but admired and enjoyed by both the performer and the audience. It is not necessarily narrative in its nature, and allows the audience to develop their own story of the dancethat they can enjoy and connect with. Our dancers also get to put their own spin on contemporary dance as there is no formal way to go about keeping time, pace, or movement. It is all about the moment and the chance to change it completely from one thing to the next while being technically sound and on point with their movements and emotions.
Attention to detail is another aspect of this beautiful dance that our youth get to really focus on during their contemporary training. Contemporary is full of deep emotions and many say that it is the chance for dancers to express their innermost feelings. Because of this, the bodily movements are efficient and exaggerated, and the space in which they dance is used precisely to convey things like feeling small or larger than life.
At the Miami Dance Project, we proud ourselves in being one of the best contemporary dance studios because we encourage our students to take their emotions and connect it to all the styles of dance in which we practice and train. This deep connection to dance in which contemporary supports is key to developing our youth into professional performers. The passion they have and the way it makes them feel drives our young dancers to be better on stage and to one another. This also teaches our students that it is okay to lead with emotion, stay true to your deepest self, and to not be afraid to move people with their art.