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Contemporary dance is a genre of concert dance that employs systems and methods found in modern dance and postmodern dance. Contemporary dance draws on modern dance techniques as well as newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical dance techniques by altogether omitting structured form and movement. Dance techniques and movement philosophies employed in contemporary dance include:

Contact improvisation

Contact improvisation (CI) is a dance technique in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation. Contact Improvisation is a form of dance improvisation and is one of the best-known and most characteristic forms of postmodern dance. Contact improvisation techniques can include weight transfer, counter balance, rolling, falling, suspension, and lifting.

Release technique

Release technique is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of different practices that emphasis economy of movement by not holding more tension necessary for the movement. In order to achieve this, release practices often emphasize breath, alignment and momentum. Release work appears as part of a somatic paradigm, whereby subjective, internal experience of the body is valued alongside objective, analytical outside view of it.

Dance improvisation

Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through body mind centering, levels, shape and dynamics, sensory experiences through touch or contact improvisation, and perceptual schema. Contrary to popular belief dance improvisation is not only about creating new movement but is also defined as freeing the body from habitual movement patterns.

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