Contemporary

The ISTD is proud to have launched its first Contemporary syllabus. They have spent the past two years working with a team of dance experts and led by Dr Ross McKim, the well-known dancer, choreographer, philosopher and Artistic Director of the Rambert Schoo

We have spent the past two years working with a team of dance experts and led by Dr Ross McKim, the well-known dancer, choreographer, philosopher and Artistic Director of the Rambert Schoo

The syllabus aims to introduce students to the fundamentals and vocabulary of Contemporary technique, performance through specially created solos by professional choreographers and approaches to creating movement vocabulary. 

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modernjazzlyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. The term “contemporary” is somewhat misleading: it describes a genre that developed during the mid-20th century and is still very popular today.

Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.

We endeavour to meet the following objectives: