Contemporary and Lyrical dance each include elements of ballet, jazz and modern dance styles. Lyrical dance is generally a little more fluid than ballet and also somewhat faster -- although not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. Lyrical dance is also somewhat smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet.
Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music, and is an organic, expressive style where the dancers explore freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings and tell stories.
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.
DFR offers classes in both styles as well as combined Contemporary/Lyrical fusion classes which explore both the organic, fluid and expressive elements 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