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Lyrical and Modern

what is lyrical?

Lyrical is a fluid style of jazz dance blending movements from classical ballet, modern dance, and ethnic/world forms.  The choreographic expression of the performer, with respect to content and projection, interprets the lyrics and/or quality of music.

Lyrical dance became very popular in the realm of competitive dance.  The lyrical dancer:


  • Has a strong ballet foundation

  • Continually advances and strengthens their Jazz and Modern technique

  • Has the ability to artistically interpret lyrics

  • Has an inner awareness of movement

  • Has a nice fluid quality of their movement

  • Stays committed to their character and/or story that they are portraying through movement

Requirements: Students must take a ballet or jazz class to be eligible to take Lyrical.


what is modern?

Modern dance is a form of dance as developed by Martha Graham, Haya Holm, Doris Humphyre, Charles Weidman and others.  Modern dance is a dance style that centers on a dancer's own interpretations instead of structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing.


characteristics of lyrical and modern?

Lyrical and Modern dance encourage dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. It is not unusual for dancers to invent new steps for their routines, instead of following a structured code of technique, as in ballet.

Another characteristic, in opposition to ballet, is the deliberate use of gravity. Whereas classical ballet dancers strive to be light and airy on their feet, these dancers often use their body weight to enhance movement. A modern/lyrical dancer rejects the classical ballet stance of an upright, erect body, often opting instead for deliberate falls to the floor.