"How to" Contemporary Dance for Beginners
1: Entry Strategy: Tutorials have made it easy for us to learn new things in the comfort of our own home, but have you ever thought you would come across a dance tutorial? Don't you want to show off a couple dance moves at your next dance party? You don't need to be a dancer to learn a couple dance moves! So get up and get going, play your favorite song and start moving your feet!
A)These days, people love to watch other people dance. Competitive dance shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars are dominating the world of reality television. What you may not realize is that if you get off the couch and dance yourself, it’s a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. Studies show that dancing can help you lose weight, stay flexible and reduce stress.
B)I have been a dancer since I was 3 and have watched the art of dance evolve. I have enjoyed almost all styles of dance: from hip-hop, to jazz, to tap, to even flamenco! But my favorite style by far has been contemporary. It allows me to express myself on stage and I feel the most comfortable performing it in front if an audience, which is why I chose to demonstrate this style of dance.
C)Contemporary has become an innovative style and evolved from classical ballet which is a performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology.
2: This video will inform people about contemporary dance and how it has evolved in our modern world and hopefully give them a new perspective on this style of dance. It will show them that they don't have to be professional dancers to learn a new types of dance moves.
3: The Problem: Ever feel like you want to find another way to express yourself? Here's an option....performing contemporary dance is an excellent way to feel completely free and express yourself through your movement!
4: Solution: You can totally play music and dance to the beat of your own drum, but if you want to get technical, watching dance tutorials can help a whole lot. If you feel like you want to go beyond the tutorials, there is always the option to take classes at local dance studios and take the styles of dance that interest you. This way, little by little, you can become a more advanced dancer.
What you will need:
-Comfortable clothes you can move around easily in
-a radio to play music (Music is the most important part so choose wisely!!) -dance shoes are optional because contemporary is usually done barefoot
-an empty space (enough to move around and not break anything in your house!)
I will use my little sister who is currently a dancer to demonstrate a short combination of contemporary dance.
1: The first and most essential thing to do is stretch. You don't want to pull any muscles, so stretching for about 15 minutes before performing any dance is very important!
2:Will start with head looking down in a crouched down position and roll up slowly and dramatically moving arms up above head
3: Begin moving legs by making a semi circle with right leg and continue moving right leg at a 90 degree angle
4: After stretching right leg, bring it back down and move arms and legs together to get ready for a jump
5:After recovering from the jump drag the left leg and do a body roll and spread your arms out next to you
6: prepare for a turn on left leg and put your right leg in a pasé(how a flamingo looks) spot your head and then land and recover from turn
7: Put all the dance moves together and there you have it... A short contemporary combination!!
(Although all these move sound like a big mess, after demonstrating it and explaining further in detail, you will better understand the combination!)
Even if you are not a dancer, it's always fun to try something new! You can easily start by looking up tutorials like this one on YouTube which is the cheaper option but if you want more help from a dance instructor you can take a beginners class at any local dance studio near you! Don't be afraid...now get up and DANCE!