Contemporary dance draws on modern dance techniques and classical ballet influences. It
takes its technique from Classical Ballet, but allows a greater range of movement that may
not adhere to the strict body lines set out in traditional ballet classes.
Many of its concepts originate from the ideas and innovations of 20th century modern dance
utilizing ground work, turn-in of the legs and is often danced in bare feet. This style of dance
explores the natural energy and emotions of the body and involves a great deal of playing
with balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and improvisation.
In Contemporary dance classes at First Stage, students learn to use their bodies in a variety of
ways, focusing on breathing, posture, and emotional state to establish a mind-body
connection. Students may learn choreographed works, or they may be encouraged to
improvise dance pieces. Class techniques are based on the methods of Martha Graham and
These classes are offered on a weekly basis as a series of creative workshops . They are open
to students 11 years plus who are studying for Grade 4 Ballet or higher. Please check latest
timetable for classes.
First Stage ballet uniform with convertible tights and bare feet for these classes, with hair in a
Our Contemporary class has the opportunity to showcase their work on stage in our dance
shows and opportunities are also available for dance festival work.