Contemporary dance classes at DDC are a combined curriculum of modern and lyrical, often utilizing improvisation, floor-work, partnering and performing in bare feet. Contemporary as a dance style in itself is defined, in part, as a fusion of ballet and jazz, demanding technical skill, musicality and an expression of emotion. A solid, ballet-based technique, proper placement and bodily alignment are essential components. At least one year of ballet training is required. These classes will automatically perform in DDC’s annual holiday production, “A Gift for Emma,” as well as the year end Recital Showcase.