[kuh n-tem-puh-rer-ee]

1. living or occurring at the same time

2. belonging to or occurring in the present

It is important to learn how to "be in the present moment" even when we are on the pole. It is hard because we focus so hard on what shape we are making or figuring out if we have enough contact points on the pole to not die at that particular moment... SO staying in the "present moment" throughout out an entire pole performance is not logical. BUT, everyone can sure find at least one moment where they are completely unaware of their surroundings and engaged in the story they are telling with their body.

contemPOLEary DANCE was born when Shaina’s extensive dance training was introduced to her naturally, fluid strength on the pole.

The primary objective of contemPOLEary DANCE is to introduce individuals to a unique approach to pole work that will assist them in discovering their personal path to contemporary movement in partnership with the pole.  Contemporary dance can emerge from many sources - emotional, physical, abstract – and each person can uncover a story or character through their choreography.  ContemPOLEary DANCEwill create a foundation for understanding how to develop movement and make connections for the purpose of crafting a meaningful experience.



Contemporary Dance Definition

Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classicalmodern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance,[1] but due to its popularity amongst trained dancers and some overlap in movement type, it is often perceived as being closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.

In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance.[2] Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. It sometimes also incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance Butoh.[3][4]

-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia