Contemporary Dance is a dance performance genre that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance.
As a form of Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation started its way into the danceworld in the 70ies, providing an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is practiced in many different contexts, such as Partnering, Performance and Jams.
To me, most importantly, it is a dance with no fixed form.
Many principles are worth investigating and learning in Workshop settings and intensive Trainings rather than only explored and studied in Jamming.
In my teaching I enhance a Contemporary Training that provides for a good base to improvise with, in and out of contact.