Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance is an integral part of the well rounded and diverse Dance education provided by Terry Simpson Studios.

It provides great opportunities for students to widen their dance experience and training and to further their professional careers.

Terry Simpson Studios' students learn contemporary based technique and choreography from our expert teachers who have both danced and choreographed professionally in contemporary dance companies in Australia and overseas (see below for further details) 

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Contemporary dance draws on classical ballet, modern and post modern dance and can be danced to almost any style of music.

Students, therefore, need to follow a programme that includes these other disciplines.

Contemporary dancers train using contemporary dance techniques as well as non-dance related practices such as Pilates and Yoga.

Contemporary dance technique tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of classical ballet with modern dance's stress on the torso and also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction are often used as well.

It encompasses a broad spectrum of styles and philosophies. It can be danced to almost any style of music and incorporates influences from many other dance styles, including classical ballet, modern and post modern dance.

Contemporary dance is very interpretive in its choreography and often focuses on emotions and storytelling, can be performed barefoot, with pointe shoes and with or without music. Contemporary dance almost defies description because it can be balletic or wholly abstract, jazz-influenced or lyrical, structured or unconventional.

Modern dance pioneers such as Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham paved the way for a new contemporary technique and vocabulary to flourish and influence how we dance today

Trial Contemporary Dance Classes are available on request

Junior School from Grade 4 and above

Intermediate & Senior Contemporary - from Intermediate and above

Go to Full Time Vocational Coaching Programme & City and Full Time Timetables for further details  of when these classes are held

For further information please Contact Us


What is Contemporary Dance?


“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” -  Martha Graham


School Alumni who have followed a career path in Contemporary Dance include:

Nicola Leahey  - Eastman /Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Antwerp, Belgium) 

Stefaan Morrow 

Andrew Searle - Co3 (Perth,Western Australia) 

Katherine Gurr  - Co3 (Perth,Western Australia) 

Jesse Scales - Sydney Dance Company (NSW, Australia)

Note: To view some of the current work of these past students please click on the hyperlinks included with their names above