WEDNESDAYS 8:15 – 9:15PM
Starlite Bozeman can’t wait to reintroduce Bozeman to the incredible Contemporary style of Clarissa Drill.
We are a center of self-expression utilizing the art of movement, and what we LOVE about Clarissa is that her classes are always FOR THE DANCER!
In our safe space, all movement is up for interpretation as dancers are welcome to execute the choreography however, they feel. While we will practice some classical techniques, the goal of the class is to feel comfortable in the movement and leave feeling good. Lights will be dim, music will be loud, and the general vibe will be super chill.
Clarissa fell in love with dancing at the age of 3. She continued to study dance through her high school years, attending workshops at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Her love for dance continued to grow through college, where she was a dancer/choreographer in the Orchesis Dance Company and in the UVM Dance Program. After college, she founded Nova Contemporary Dance Collective in Burlington, VT, and enjoyed offering public classes as well as integrative performances to the Burlington community. Her classes will be structured around contemporary movement with a casual and welcoming vibe. She is looking forward to dancing with you!
CONTEMPORARY IN MOTION
LEARN MORE ABOUT CONTEMPORARY
Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid-twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant 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 classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance. Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and other classical concert dance styles.
In terms of the focus of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with modern that stresses on torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. Additionally, contemporary dance sometimes incorporates elements of non-western dance cultures, such as elements from African dance including bent knees, or movements from the Japanese contemporary dance, Butoh.