Competitive Lyrical & Contemporary in Calgary

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Competitive Division Lyrical & Contemporary


Lyrical dance involves combined techniques of traditional ballet and jazz, incorporating graceful and fluid movements focused on expressing emotion. Choreography involves more modern movements and is usually more fast-paced than ballet, but not as fast as jazz.

Lyrical has been considered a “pseudo genre”, as it uses specific training and stylized techniques from other genres with a modernized spin.


Contemporary is a modern dance style that also borrows elements of many different styles of dance, including classical, modern, and jazz. Contemporary dance pieces also use the controlled legwork of ballet with the improvisation and dramatic movements of modern dance.

Contemporary dance was made popular by Merce Cunningham, who created a dance company in 1953 to house various modern styles.

Please note that ballet is a prerequisite for both lyrical and contemporary students.

Recitals & Competitions

Our competitive division takes part in performances and competitions throughout the year. Please refer to the Dance Schedule for more information.

About the Class


Lyrical dancers are taught to perform in bare feet, combining technical elements of classical ballet with the fluidity of jazz. Choreography involves expressiveness with light, airy movements to help tell a story.

Students are encouraged to express emotions and convey lyrics through their movements, keeping musicality a focus in their routines. 


Students are taught foundational techniques from traditional styles of dance, and then encouraged to express creativity through self-designed routines and steps. Contemporary choreography often involves using gravity to convey the message of the number with deliberate falls to the floor.

The use of body weight helps to enhance movements performed on bare feet. Contemporary dances are emotional, and help to cultivate our dancers’ creativity.

Dress Code

  • Warm-up attire is acceptable at the beginning of class only
  • Hair should be up and off of the face
  • No street clothes
  • No visible bra straps
  • Any style plain coloured bodysuit
  • Ballerina pink or light tan tights
    • Bodysuit and fitted dance shorts are also acceptable
    • Shorts must be 3” in the inseam
  • Bloch tan split-sole jazz shoes or foot thongs/paws

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