Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern Classes

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. A lyrical dancer’s movements attempt to show the meaning of the music. Lyrical is very passionate. Movements in lyrical dance are characterized by their fluidity and grace, thus ballet is essential for the dancer. One of the best descriptions that we have found is that lyrical is jazz from the waist up and ballet from the waist down. Students must be enrolled in at least one ballet II class, or higher, in order to participate in this course. (1 hour in length)

This class is a fusion of modern, jazz, and ballet. It emphasizes artistry and musicality. This course is designed for the intermediate-advanced student. Enrollment in Ballet III+, advanced Modern, or Jazz III + is required. Our contemporary classes challenge the dancer to move in unconventional ways. It’s a blend of technical movement with deep emotion and a profound emphasis on performance. This course demands extreme stamina and muscle strength. Conditioning will be key for proper form and function in class. These courses are strongly influenced by the choreography and styles of Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, and Mia Michaels. (1 ½ hours in length) Similar to some pieces you may have seen on “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Modern dance has its roots in the late 1800’s and has continued to grab hold along a line of innovative dancers and choreographers. Wildwood Dance’s mission is to allow every student a place to explore emotion, space, musicality, physicality, sensuality, and sociology through the art of movement. Modern dance opens another forum for dancers to use movement to share abstract thought, create different lines and push the envelope of communication. What a better way to grow than through exploration. It has been said that modern dance centers on a dancer's own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. It encourages dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. Modern dancers often use their body weight to enhance movement, instead of dancing in an upright posture as in ballet. Yet with such a rich history of innovative teachers before us, we take to the classroom techniques passed through generations. The student will surely find themselves diving into technique and class structure by some of the greats that have touched our lives: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Lester Horton, Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, and Twyla Tharp. Students must be 10yrs+, and enrolled in ballet or jazz as well. Students must have convertible tights to dance bare foot, and a leotard (color optional). Boys/Men- white or black t-shirt, and male tights or bike shorts. (1 hour in length)