Contemporary is a very current style of dance utilizing ballet and jazz techniques combined with modern movements. Developed in the mid-twentieth century, it has since become one of the world’s most popular and enjoyable performance styles. Dancers must have a strong background in technical dance such as ballet and jazz as contemporary borrows movements from these formal genres. Modern elements are added to contemporary choreography such as torso contractions, floor work, and improvisation.
Contemporary is an excellent addition to a dancer’s repertoire once they’ve developed good strong technical dance aspects.