Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres, including  jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.  A contemporary dance composition can feature a wide variety of dance techniques, reflecting the melting pot nature of the style.

The contemporary style places a heavy emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through dances that push against traditional boundaries. This style of dance often involves a great deal of playing with balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and improvisation.  Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet.