Contemporary Dance

Just Dance Academy proudly offers a diverse contemporary dance class for those who want to reach out of traditional dance methods.   Our contemporary dance classes are held several times per week and are available for all ages.   Contemporary Dance is a fun mix of our favorite dance styles with fascinating wardrobe with music selections and local culture with advanced choreography from Heather Walts.

What is Contemporary Dance ?

Contemporary dancers can come from any training background, ranging from classical ballet to hip hop dancing, and they integrate bodywork techniques such as yoga and Pilates into their dance.  Contemporary dance places a heavy emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through dances which push against traditional boundaries. This style of dance often involves a great deal of playing with balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and improvisation.  Not to be confused with Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance does not base the movements on technique but rather emotion. In contemporary dance classes, students learn to use their bodies in a variety of ways, and they focus on breathing, posture, and emotional state to establish a mind-body connection. Students may learn choreographed works, or they may be encouraged to improvise dance pieces. A contemporary dance composition may take the from of a personal narrative.

Pioneers of contemporary dance include Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Mary Wigman, Francois Delsarte, Emilie Jaques-Dalcroze, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Rudolph von Laban, Loie Fuller, Jose Limon and Marie Rambert.