Contemporary dance originated from Europe and America in the 19th and 20th century with various styles of expressive dance that combines Modern, Ballet, Lyrical Jazz and other forms of Street dance movements from today. In this class you will begin center floor with a full body warm up into a longer and more intense class combo. Your class goals are to strive to connect the mind and body through fluid dance movements.
Socks, Barefoot, or Foot Paws
Suggested Experience Needed:
Up to 1 year of experience or more. Dancers should have a more than basic understanding of dance technique and terminology (i.e. pirouettes, chanies, jetes, etc.).
Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet
6-8 weeks or more of Beg. Contemporary or related dance classes. Must understand basic dance terminology, and musicality.
Florence Wang (she/her) was raised in Columbia, SC, and has been dancing for the past 19 years. Although her primary focus is contemporary and contemporary improvisation, she has trained in a myriad of styles and dance techniques. She started her training in classical ballet at the age of 3 at the UofSC Ballet Conservatory, and then later auditioned and joined the Columbia City Jazz Conservatory (CCJC) company where she trained in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz, and competed in prestigious conventions–including but not limited to–Nuvo, Jump, 24/7, and Adrenaline. She went on to attend Duke University where she joined Defining Movement Dance group (Duke’s premier multicultural dance group) and Devils en Pointe (Duke’s premier ballet company). In Spring 2020, she helped co-found Duke’s first and only contemporary and improvisation dance group, Embodiment Contemporary Dance. While serving as president and co-founder, she helped choreograph, lead weekly classes, and teach collaborative workshops for four years. She was also an active member in the Duke Dance department and had her works presented in multiple university dance shows and graduated with a minor in dance. She is super excited to share her love for dance and explore contemporary dance movement in her class!