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Introduction to Contemporary Ballet

  • University of Michigan Department of Dance Ann Arbor United States (map)

This Winter 2019 semester course at University of Michigan Department of Dance introduces students to a dance style that blends elements of classical ballet, contemporary dance and yoga. The class follows the basic structure of a ballet class, beginning with barre exercises, progressing into center and traveling combinations and learning choreography. The course expands upon a traditional ballet technique through the inclusion of increased mobility through the torso, off-balance movement, grounded weight distribution, floor-work and opportunities for improvisation. This course emphasizes dancing with a sense of whole-body awareness, physical alignment and creativity.