Lyrical & Contemporary in Calgary

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Performance Division Lyrical & Contemporary


Lyrical dance is an expressive, fluid style of dance that borrows specific styles and techniques from both traditional ballet and jazz. Dancers are encouraged to show emotion through graceful movements and challenging choreography.

Lyrical is considered a “pseudo genre”, as it does not fit into a traditional style of dance but uses various movements and techniques from various genres with a modernized spin.


Contemporary is also a modern “pseudo genre” that is inspired by various traditional styles of dance. Contemporary movements are reminiscent of classical, modern, and jazz dance styles with room for creativity and expression.

Dance pieces involve the controlled legwork often seen in traditional ballet combined with the improvisation and theatrical movement seen in modern dance.


Our performance division dancers are not required to participate in competitions, but are invited to perform in end-of-year recitals should they choose to. For information on recitals, please refer to the Dance Schedule.

About the Class


Lyrical classes are focused on self-expression and emotion conveyed through the art of dance. Dancers are encouraged to perform in bare feet, using the combined techniques of classical ballet with the high-energy movements commonly seen in jazz choreography.

Performances are designed to tell a story through light, airy movements with a focus on musicality.


Contemporary dancers are encouraged to use gravity to their advantage in specific movements, often involving deliberate falls to the floor. We teach dancers to use bodyweight to enhance their movements performed on bare feet.

Contemporary choreography is expressive and emotional, aiming to help cultivate dancers’ creativity and range of motion.

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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Location & Parking

We have a private parking lot and are located across from Renert School.


#310 – 19 Royal Vista Link NW
Calgary, AB T3R 0K4


Phone: 403-286-8561
[email protected]

Office Hours

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