Contemporary Ballet is an advanced/professional level class and is founded in the expanded body principles of the Lightbody training. It is advised to take both Lightbody and contemporary ballet classes back to back.
Balanchine was the modernist pioneer of contemporary ballet having developed a neo-classic language. The current technical language of contemporary ballet takes from both ballet and modern, neutralizing and de-stylizing both. The contemporary ballet language maintains a vertical axis; sophisticates the use of rhythm by de-emphasizing the downbeat; emphasizes the use of the second non-dominant leg and arm; is torso driven; moves in lengthy phrases where ending beats are also beginning beats; incorporates curves and non-classic pairings of movement and uses changes in direction and fast intricate movement phrases based on sophisticated ear training.