Contemporary dance is a genre of dance developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for professional dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S.A. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, due to its popularity and other incorporated elements, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and other classical dance styles.
In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the following: strong but controlled legwork that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.
Additionally, contemporary dance sometimes incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures, such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance, Butoh.
The examinations of the Contemporary Dance Association (CDA) are being taught in “En Roi” dance school concerning children, teenagers and adults. All titles awarded by the Contemporary Dance Association are internationally recognized.
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