Lyrical is a fusion of ballet, jazz, and modern, with expressive motions that tell a story. These classes blend the sustained,
controlled movement of ballet with the freedom, power, and dynamics of jazz and modern. Students will learn lyrical technique along with freedom of expression and interpretation of music. Lyrical is a fluid form of dance done to popular ballads and slower contemporary music. The dancer is taught to interpret his or her movement with feeling, motion and style. They will learn to tell a story or create the picture of the song. This style combines the fluid beauty of ballet with the more sharp moves in jazz. *A ballet or jazz class is recommended along with lyrical/contemporary to build in technique.
Contemporary dance combines contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance.
Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. It sometimes also incorporates elements of nonwestern
dance cultures such as elements from African dance.