Lyrical is a very passionate and emotional dance style. It is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical connects ballet and jazz movements together while telling a story through the music. This class allows the body to express emotions through technical dance movements. It is mainly performed to music with lyrics, and the song's lyrics are a driving force and key inspiration for the movement. 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 lyrical. In lyrical class, dancers are taught to hold out and connect the move for as long as possible and are taught to connect transitions smoothly. Dancers are taught to discover and express feelings and breathing, while portraying all of this to music.
Lyrical dance has become a very popular dance form through shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance".