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Contemporary ballet is a form of dance influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. It takes its technique and use of Pointe work from classical ballet, although it permits a greater range of movement that may not adhere to the strict body lines set forth by schools of ballet technique. Many of its concepts come from the ideas and innovations of 20th century modern dance, including floor work and turn-in of the legs.
California DanceArts Contemporary Ballet Class Description:
Based on methods created for California Contemporary Ballet, the resident company of California DanceArts. The contemporary barre highlights full physical motion and coordination of the all the joints with emphasis on the motion of the spine. As the barre work progresses from plies to grand-battements, many exercises are performed on center and then off center preparing the dancer for off center movement. Sometimes the class will begin sitting on the floor working within the discipline of modern dance for grounding of the body and building strength for even greater freedom and risk taking. It is important that students already have a sense of center and therefore our Contemporary Ballet class is open only to upper level ballet students and adults with sufficient classical ballet training.
The class is designed to teach the dancer how to incorporate the fluidity of the whole body and graduate from pure classical shapes to an inverted tilt, askewed hips and legs in a contemporary manner. By performing these exercises both center and off center, on the floor and with the freedom of the torso, hips, and legs, the ballet dancer best transitions from barre and floor to full body expression and to stage, where contemporary ballet has become so prevalent.
During the last half of the class, students are given contemporary choreography, adagio or lyrical and allegro- quick moving routines across the floor and in the center by adding waltzes, pirouettes and contemporary movement that provide freedom of the body and motion. The class is finished with a reverence. Pointe shoes are optional but highly encouraged for those wishing to dance En Pointe. This class is suitable for Int-Adv dancers that are at CDA level 4+
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