What is modern dance?
It's the most pure and simple form of movement to music you're ever likely to experience.
It can be fast, slow, high impact, gentle, loud, silent, frantic and still. It's a mix of all the dances - it's every type of movement, tempo and feeling you can imagine.
Therefore it is an absolutely excellent way to get a great workout to a huge mix of music and also try out lot of different styles of dancing that you may never otherwise attempt.
There's something for everyone here, old and young, dancers and non-dancers alike.
It's one of the best exercises around and yet it's also great for people who are less able-bodied or are recovering from injury and have limited movement.
And, best of all, it's all about YOU.
Over the next few pages you can see a couple of clips from the program to give you a real flavor of what it's all about, and loads of information on all aspects of learning modern dance for the first time.
Put simply, it is an evolution from classical ballet.
It breaks the rules of classical ballet and creates new ones of its own.
It therefore has
fewer restrictions, and can be seen as a fusion of many dances.
So, in one single modern / contemporary dance class, you may get to try out lots of different dances.
You could find yourself dancing a routine that has elements of African dance, tango, salsa, jazz, ballet and so on.
You name it, you’ll probably find it in a modern dance class.
In its sophistication it has developed many styles and techniques.
The beauty of it is that it allows a freer dance, which can be initiated by music or by an internal theme or inspiration.
Often in a contemporary dance class, the teacher will work on self awareness.
This will enable you to harmonize your mind and body, regardless of your age or dancing ability.
It is suitable for anybody and everybody.
And there are countless benefits...
That might all sound a bit complex - it's not.
It is in fact one of the simplest dances to master as so much of it is open to personal interpretation.
Also, the moves can feel quite instinctive to a beginner.
You are going to move your body in a very natural and quite flowing way.
So while you have to stand in a rigid position in ballet with your feet, legs, hips, back, arms, hands and head all in the 'right' place, in modern dancing there are no right places, just whatever feels comfortable and natural for you.
That's the thing with modern dancing for the beginner. It's actually very simple, instinctive and has no airs nor pretensions at all.
It makes you think.
It makes you move in a way that uses lots of muscle groups and gives you a fabulous workout.
It's a dance for everybody, so it's a dance for you.
If it helps, perhaps don't think of it as a dance at all.
A contemporary dance class is a movement class.
You bend, stretch, jump, reach, and turn to lots of different beats and rhythms.
sound like a good idea?
And because it brings in influences from so many other dance styles, it's a little journey through the world of dance that can help you identify specific dances that you might like to try or which you discover suit you and your body.
We've experienced modern dance pupils who, after a term or two of classes, then also take up ballet as they surprise themselves by enjoying those dance moves the most.
And we've also come across a few people
who've signed up to samba classes after experiencing a bit of samba in a modern dance class.
So it really is a fantastic mix of movement, dance and exercise that's suitable for absolutely everybody.
To help you understand the modern styles and techniques further, and to give you the opportunity to try a class at home, we've created our dance workout - the perfect place to start your dancing adventures...