This class takes the technical training that dancers receive in their ballet class and uses it to create new movements by fusing it with other styles of dance. Classes begin with a stretch and strengthening warm up. Progressions follow which will work the dancers’ leaps, turns, transitions, and overall technique. Improvisational development is a large part of this program. Dancers will be challenged to take different improvisational elements and create their own movement throughout the class. Often times this includes partner work and contact exercises. Contemporary dance is a great way to explore movement in relation to emotion and intention. Dancers are challenged to take an intention (ex. fear, love, anger) and transmit it through movement. Many dancers find they are able to embrace their classical training but also release some of the structure to allow them greater freedom of expression. We hope to inspire students to break personal boundaries in this class and explore new movement.