Lyrical/Contemporary dance is a combination of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical/Contemporary dance challenges dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. A lyrical/contemporary dancer's movements attempt to show the meaning of the music. Lyrical/Contemporary is a very passionate and emotional dance style and tells a story through every movement made.
Lyrical/Contemporary dance gained its name not because the lyrics of a song are indeed sometimes highlighted over the rhythm, but because of the meaning of the word lyrical: having a poetic, expressive quality; musical; characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling; expressing deep personal emotions or observation; highly rhapsodic or enthusiastic.
It is important that dancers enrolling in lyrical classes have ballet-based technique, as it builds proper placement and bodily alignment and is also a facility with various other forms of jazz, some contemporary/modern dance.
Lyrical/Contemporary classes are organized in the following manner:
All Lyrical/Contemporary classes consist of:
Center warm-up inclusive of strengthening and stretch
Learning Jumps and Turns
Exercises focused on transition steps, transfer of weight and fluidity
All Lyrical/Contemporary students will also learn:
Exploration of Improvisation and Student Choreography
The teacher will customize the steps learned in these classes based on the age and ability of the students.
It is not uncommon for students to take Junior through to Senior/Advanced for 4 or more years and then move into the next level. These classes are customized based on the students within the class, skill level, and progression ability.