Inspired by the works of dance legends such as Twyla Tharp and Martha Graham, contemporary expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. Contemporary dance involves integrating the mind-body-spirit connection with dance movements. There's a huge emotional connection to this style of dance. It is also important to note that a lot of improvisational skills are used in a contemporary dance form - improvisation meaning that the dancer uses whatever they feel at the moment to express the mood of the dance piece itself. Because a solid, ballet/jazz based foundation is an essential requirement of this style of dance, students must be enrolled in a ballet or jazz class in order to take contemporary.
Today’s style of contemporary dance has become popular through shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance".