The contemporary dance developed during the mid-twentieth century and is one of the world’s top dance performance genres. It is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of other dance genres such as modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.
This dance form is a dominant genre and requires formal training for its learning. It has particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe.
Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. The focus is kept on the floorwork and using gravity to create interesting moves. This dance genre is often done in bare feet and involves unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction.
Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.