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105 Campbell Ave #3
2020 Dickory Ave #200
Covington, LA
Mandeville, LA
Harahan, LA

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Expression, Versatility, Improvisation. These are three of the many things you will learn in Contemporary/Modern Dance. Read more about our Contemporary Dance classes below!

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Contemporary/Modern Classes (ages 5-adult)

About the Contemporary/Modern Program

Contemporary/Modern is a style that came from ballet and is one of the true American art forms. It is expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. In our classes, we strive to help our dancers connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. This style of dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Our instructors focus on floorwork, the use of gravity, counterbalance, and other such modern techniques, while also teaching our students basic ballet technique. The culmination of the student's hard work and training will be presented at our Spring recital and Christmas Show through creative and original choreography. Below are class descriptions of our specific class levels:

Contemporary/Modern I (Ages 5-8)

In this class, your child will learn some basic ballet techniques such as plie’s, tendu’s, and releve’, as well as basic modern dance concepts. They will also work on core strength, flexibility, creativity, moving through the whole body, as well as introducing basic floor work. Students will also learn introductory choreography techniques, how to make unique, creative decisions, and how to incorporate emotions and imagination into their dancing. Contemporary/Modern incorporates the long lines and technique of ballet, while also teaching students how to use that technique and turn it on its head through counter balance, inversions, contractions, turning in, and so on.

Contemporary/Modern II (Ages 9-up)

Students in this class will begin to explore their limitations by taking bigger risks with floor work, as well as basic tumbling (i.e. cartwheels, inversions, and shoulder rolls). In contemporary/modern, students will also learn partnering techniques, how to lift, be lifted, and use counterbalance and momentum in their movement. Students will continue to work on their strength and flexibility, as well as having clean transitions between movement. They will also learn how to move through space and travel across the floor with various leaps and turns. In this level, they will continue to learn choreographic elements, how to make creative decisions, and learn various elements of Modern dance history, including the founders of Modern dance.

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River Ridge School of Music & Dance
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