CONTEMPORARY / LYRICAL
Contemporary and Lyrical dance are sub sets of the Jazz dance genre. Each include elements of ballet, jazz and modern dance styles.
Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation. Contemporary dance is an organic, expressive style where the dancers explore freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings and tell stories. The movement style ranges from sharp and fast to gooey and fluid and is performed to a wide range of music.
Music used for lyrical dance is typically emotionally charged and expressive. The lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for the dancers' movements and expressions. Movements in lyrical dance are characterized by fluidity and grace, with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one move to another, holding finishing steps as long as possible. Leaps are exceptionally high and soaring, and turns are fluid and continuous. Ballet technique is essential for Lyrical dance.
DFR offers Contemporary/Lyrical fusion classes which explore the various movement and expressive elements of each style, while placing focus on proper technique, body placement, alignment and control.
Class Attire: Dance wear can be purchased at the Dance Factory Store
Girls - Leotard, black dance shorts or pants, barefoot, (lyrical shoe or foot undies optional) - hair neatly pulled back into a ponytail
Boys - black dance pants, t-shirt, barefoot