Contemporary Dance bridges the gap between jazz and ballet, offering a fluid movement style and encouraging creative thinking through improvisation. This form of dance often shares emotive storylines, encouraging students to express themselves through movements. While it is less ‘rigid’ than ballet, contemporary still requires students to build a strong technical foundation. Upper-level contemporary students study Horton, Bartenieff, and Limone modern technique throughout the course, as well as improvisation and other contemporary exercises. Dancers who enroll in contemporary must also be enrolled in a ballet class.