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Contemporary Dance: Contemporary Dance employs many modern dance techniques such as contact-release, fall and recovery, floor work, improvisation, and lifts in partnering. Contemporary dance emerged in the 1950′s as a dance form combining elements of modern dance and classical ballet. It can use elements from non-western dance cultures, such as world dancing with bent knees as a characteristic trait, and Butoh, Japanese contemporary dancing that developed in the 1950s.
Ballet: To properly execute jazz dance steps, many teachers still believe in teaching a firm classical ballet foundation so that bodies can develop with strength and agility. Turns and leaps are prevalent in jazz, so understanding the history of jazz dance and the different styles it is derived from, is vital in performing it properly. One of the components of jazz that first made it appealing to dancers of all ages, was the high level of improvisation it required. Dancers who are bold enough to do so can alter classic jazz steps to fit their own style and personality, making it not only entertaining to create, but endlessly fun to watch as an audience member as well. Jazz dance is able to be traditionally peppy and bright, but can also take on a flowy and soulful feel. There are no limits to its creativity, and this has continued to rank it as one of the most popular forms of dance available in studios today.
Jazz: When people give a modern jazz dance performance, it’s usually done in a theater. For this kind of theatrical performance, the dancers must be in shape to perform. They are like acrobats doing lifts, turns, leaps and swinging movements. Everything is choreographed for the storytelling dance. Every jazz dance must have a “good swing.” Performances may include movements such as axel turns, barrel jumps, bounces and a traveling step movement. Dances will incorporate ballet movements, pencil turns and pivot steps. They will involve twists, leaps and slides.