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.

Many others of our School Alumni have also followed this career path both in Australia and overseas.

Photography: Ian Brenner

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 Class details:

  Junior School - from Grade 4 and above

Intermediate & Senior Contemporary - from Intermediate and above

Full Time Vocational Coaching Programme.

Refer to the City and Full Time Timetables for further details  of when these classes are held

 Photography: Ian Brenner