Contemporary Dance

 

NZAMD Contemporary Syllabus

At Queenstown School of Dance we LOVE Contemporary Dance. We teach students how to feel space and breadth of movement. We also teach them to understand the concepts of weight, flow, momentum and the use of gravity. 
2016 we are offering NZAMD levels 1, 2, 4 & 6. These classes are based more on ability rather than age. In term 3 will be starting our Recreational class for 8-10yr olds.
Check out our syllabus video...
If you wish to enrol in a Contemporary class at the Queenstown School of Dance please call Anna Stuart to discuss your best options 021 860 060 or send a message. 

Students dancing at other dance schools are very welcome to join us just for contemporary dance 
 
 


What is Contemporary Dance?

 Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. Pioneers searched for ease of movement using the body's natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range of fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques.


Contemporary dance is characterised by its versatility: contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music, or united to any other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of  body movement.


Four Contemporary Dance Techniques

CUNNINGHAM (Merce Cunningham) - focusing the architecture of the body in space, rhythm and articulation. (Using the body's own line of energy to promote easy, natural movement) 

GRAHAM (Martha Graham) - focusing on the use of contraction, release, fall and recovery. (Characterised by floorwork and use of abdominal and pelvic contractions. This style is very grounded.)

LIMON (Jose Limon)- exploring use of energy in relation to gravity and working with the weight in terms of fall, rebound, recovery and suspension. (Movement is instigated using breath to lift, and swings through the body to create and halt movement. It also feels very nice to perform.)

RELEASE - Placing emphasis on minimising tension in the search for clarity, fluidity and efficient use of energy and breath. (Releasing through the joints and muscles to create ease of movement, releasing the breath to aid the release of the body. A great relaxation technique and dance style.)


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