Contemporary Dance emerged in the early 20th century as a reaction to established dance genres. Paradoxically, it also fuses many of these more traditional dance genres, including Classical Ballet, Modern, and Jazz styles and, more recently, Hip-Hop and Commercial. The genre is difficult to describe, as it is more interested in dance philosophy rather than a specific, codified technique.
The bbodance Contemporary syllabus is based on current Contemporary Dance training, with influences of Graham, Cunningham, and Release Technique, and aims to support students in gaining the fundaments of the genre, leading to professional training. Stylistic features include the use of parallel and turnout, the use of the spine, the use of breath and flow, and interest in the process and product.
The bbodance Contemporary curriculum will fulfil the learning objectives of mainstream education (Key Stages 1-4), adding value to dance in primary and secondary schools, and will provide pathway technique to support success at Level 2 and 3 Dance (GCSE, A-Level, BTEC, and UAL).
Syllabus creators include Sam Le Bihan, Edd Mitton and Ben Warbis.